I'm 37/male and have been accepted to a nursing program (Aug 2004) at a community college (Otero Junior). I recently spoke with an advisor at another CC and because I already have a Bachelors degree, she strongly recommeded I pursue one of the accelerated BSN programs (Metro State just started one). When I punch the numbers I figure I'll be in debt for $38,000.00+, after I pay for tuition and suplement my living expenses if I go the accelerated BSN route. Or-I could spend two semesters at a community college, get my LPN and owe about. $15,000. (tuition/living exp). I have higher ambitions than an LPN, but I'm not too keen on accumulating all that debt for a occupation that doesn't pay all that well. My plan is to get my foot in the door and have my employer pay for the remainder of my education.
Is what I'm thinking realistic or should I go after the BSN now?
On average, how much will Denver hospitals reimburse for tuition?
What can I expect to make as an LPN straight out of school (Denver metro area)?
Any feedback would be appreciated.