Hi. I am new to Florida. I am a LVN/LPN with a license from California. The process to to get my license transferred has be a hassle. While looking for jobs, I wasn't finding anything I wanted, but I kept coming across tons of RN jobs. I've made the decision to go back for my RN. I did very poorly in my first years of college (10 years ago) and because of this my overall GPA is so poor that I will not be able to get in to any of the community colleges nursing programs. I did my LVN/LPN through a career college. It was more expensive, but they took me regardless of my previous college experience. I ended up having the top GPA in my class at the career college. Anyway...I'm expecting to have to go to a private/career college such as Keiser as they will take anyone as long as you pay, but I wanted to know if it is a good choice or would I be better off going to the community college and get a degree in health care administration and giving up on nursing. Do hospitals hire graduates from Keiser? Do most local hospitals want bachelor degree nurses instead of associate? Any answers will help!
I live in Lakeland and I am interested in the Keiser in Lakeland Fl.
I'm currently at Keiser in Tampa but start the nursing program in January. Please do not give up - especially if this is something you are passionate about. You could always go into the community college and just have them view your unofficial transcripts to see what they say. I have joined Keiser because I can start sooner and finish much faster than waiting to get into my community college. And depending on what kind of classes you've taken in the past, it will not cost you $40k - comments like this are so annoying to read. Keiser offer's academic scholarships if you keep your GPA up, ton of scholarships to apply for and depending on your financial situation you could get pell grants...and before you know it you're student loans are just as much as someone who went to community college and you'll be done much faster with a great education. When you do get hired on after school, just pickup some extra overtime shifts and the loans will be paid off in no time - all while whoever entered community college at the same time is still trying to find a job.
Of course this is just my opinion - but always have someone tell you that you can't get into the community college than ASSume that you can't.
Last edit by stephalina6 on Sep 13, '12
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