I am currently in the process of enrolling for pre-req's so that I may apply for an accelerated RN program in the Denver area. I'm living in Portland, Oregon with my boyfriend, who just got promoted and will need to relocate to the Denver metro for work within about six months (yay!). I just got laid off of my corporate job and know that my passion is in helping others, so I think I am being called to change careers and pursue nursing :-)
A little about my undergrad background- I somehow was able to get a BS with very few hard science courses (took chem and psych, LOTS of geology hehe) and finished with a 3.6 cumulative in Communication/Rhetoric. I still need to take A&P, Microbiology, and re-take Stats. I'm planning to take all of these in Portland before we move (taking them winter term so that the only thing I will need to finish up after the move is A&P 2). I am hoping that this is a good plan and am open to any advice you may have on giving myself the best shot to get into an accelerated program as soon as possible.
I've been reading about Regis (like the fact that it is Jesuit, I went to a Jesuit high school so am all about service-learning), and UC Denver. I'd like to visit both campuses, but am also open to other suggestions on where to look. I have heard horror stories about people being wait-listed for years on end...is this true? In Oregon, all programs are determined by lottery, so I am glad to get away from that system. If I am wait-listed, should I get a CNA or other license so I can work in the field before school?
Any advice and words of encouragement would be appreciated. I would especially love to hear from people who changed careers into nursing and felt like they were "starting from scratch". I'm so excited to get the ball rolling but want to make sure I cross all of my t's and dot my i's before the big move.
Thank you for your help and have a great day!
Feb 3, '13
by klone, BSN, RN
Quote from SummitAP
Reading comprehension! The OP is out of state, thus CU is not cheaper. I never said CU was not merit based. Where did you get that?
I wrote above that even with out of state tuition, I think CU would end up being cheaper. I just looked - out of state tuition for that first year would be between $20-24K. Regis would be $34K. I also think that Regis requires you to live on-campus as a freshman.
Last edit by klone on Feb 3, '13