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I was a medic in the Army 6 years ago and just finished Respiratory Therapy school (Independence University) in Janurary. I have an interview at a hospital this week for a respiratory position. The only problem is that it is 45 minutes away and I have to drive over a mountain pass that is frequently closed between October-March. I live in a rural area so I don't have a lot of options to work in this field. I would love to attend Excelsior but I'm afraid that I will still have a hard time finding a job, seeing as I will still have no current work experience by the time I'm done.
Should I just apply to a brick and mortor school for nursing or will my experience as a medic and respiratory clinicals be somewhat sufficent? It has been 6 years but as a medic I learned to start I.V.'s, blood draws, vitals, vaccinations etc.
Thanks for the help!
I think it all depends upon what you want to do in the future--where you think this might go?
If you want to be able to move up and into any of the various, different positions, the B&M is the way to go. It's more expensive, and it can be more of a pain in the butt; but if you plan on entering certain professional schools in the future--or if the possibility of such is rolling around in your head somewhere, do the B&M. If you think you might want to go into research, do the B&M. If you think you might want to teach, do the B&M. It's all about the potential opportunities for you in the future. If you don't care about that right now, then fine. Do what you are doing. But ultimately I'm talking about marketability--or even applying to certain kinds of professional schools, like law or medicine, etc. They will mostly tend to look down on programs that aren't part of a B&M.
You can get into a B&M online program, but most of them do have some requirements beyond online, if they are any good. So, say when you do their community health course or a teaching course, or whatever, just make sure you work out the clinical piece in a place near you--during a season when it's not too treacherous. Many places will work things out with you.