RN/BSN FCCJ,UNF Help!

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    I am currently taking prereqs at Florida cc of Jax. I have not yet applied for the nursing program but i wanted to know which nursing school is best? Should i get my AS and continue with FCCJ or should i get my AA and hopefully get into UNF BSN program? i know both are very competitive but which school will pay off in the long run? What are the benifits for RN or BSN? PLEASE HELP.



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    FCCJ has a 93% NCLEX passing rate. So they have that going for them. However, it is still an ADSN program. THey will be adding a baccalaureate program in the next few years. I guess the advantages are that its 4 semesters, straight thru, no breaks. So you can be working in 18 months.
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    Quote from hawkfdc
    FCCJ has a 93% NCLEX passing rate. So they have that going for them. However, it is still an ADSN program. THey will be adding a baccalaureate program in the next few years. I guess the advantages are that its 4 semesters, straight thru, no breaks. So you can be working in 18 months.
    Before I was accepted to FCCJ, I was doing my AA hoping to get into USA(University of South AL)BSN. But when I received the letter from FCCJ that I can start the program, I did not think twice. In my opinion, working on your prereqs first, get them out of the way. Then when you're done try applying to FCCJ. In the meantime, while doing that keep taking courses to finishing up your AA. Two birds one stone. Also do remember, once you get your RN at CC, BSN program is only a year long. Don't you think that is convenience? You can still working and doing the schooling at the same time. Most schools do offer online BSN but you got do some research to find which one is the cheapest. Good luck!
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    Hi Koda53.

    I looked into UNF a couple of years ago (when I started taking prereq's) and found out that they require quite a bit of volunteering during the semester. You may want to look into that.

    I know that for me, between nursing school & raising two kids, there is no way I could have made time for that too. (I mean, it was something like 10 hours per week!)

    Good luck.
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    Quote from koda53
    I am currently taking prereqs at Florida cc of Jax. I have not yet applied for the nursing program but i wanted to know which nursing school is best? Should i get my AS and continue with FCCJ or should i get my AA and hopefully get into UNF BSN program? i know both are very competitive but which school will pay off in the long run? What are the benifits for RN or BSN? PLEASE HELP.
    there are other factors that come into play when deciding which school to go to. are you a traditional student (18-20something, single, no kids)? are you looking to start your career immediately, or do you have time to spare towards education? are your grades/gpa stellar?

    i think it's kind of rash to say that one degree will "pay off". what if someone wants to be an RN but hasn't the desire or time to pursue BSN? having their ADN "pays off" for them because at least they will be in a career that they chose without spending 4 years in college... this is all hypothetical, btw.

    what "pays off" is really a decision you need to make, we can't decide for you what is the better degree. i don't even know what situation you are in.

    anyway, i did want to go to UNF but decided to pursue my ADN due to being a single parent and needing to be in the workforce ASAP. when my daughter is older and i have money saved up, i'll pursue my BSN. also, my grades and gpa weren't up to par with what UNF was looking for. on the UNF nursing website they state a minimum gpa, but i've known people who applied with 3.4, 3.5 gpas that still didn't get in.
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    Quote from miss rochelle
    there are other factors that come into play when deciding which school to go to. are you a traditional student (18-20something, single, no kids)? are you looking to start your career immediately, or do you have time to spare towards education? are your grades/gpa stellar?

    i think it's kind of rash to say that one degree will "pay off". what if someone wants to be an RN but hasn't the desire or time to pursue BSN? having their ADN "pays off" for them because at least they will be in a career that they chose without spending 4 years in college... this is all hypothetical, btw.

    what "pays off" is really a decision you need to make, we can't decide for you what is the better degree. i don't even know what situation you are in.

    anyway, i did want to go to UNF but decided to pursue my ADN due to being a single parent and needing to be in the workforce ASAP. when my daughter is older and i have money saved up, i'll pursue my BSN. also, my grades and gpa weren't up to par with what UNF was looking for. on the UNF nursing website they state a minimum gpa, but i've known people who applied with 3.4, 3.5 gpas that still didn't get in.

    I think if you're transferring from CC to Univ, you're only looking to spend approx 2 years on top of those credits you had. Then you can take NCLEX, if I'm not mistaken. But do remember though that each Univ has different requirements for their program. I'd checked two Univ and both required several different classes. So, if you decide to transfer the best way is to contact the school you're interested first. Asking them to evaluate your credits what except whatnot then they will let you know what other classes you need to take in order to apply. Some school required AA, some don't but only those credits at your CC count toward the program itself. Therefore, no one school is the same.
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    umm, what?

    if you're going directly to fccj's ADN, it's significantly less schooling than a BSN. you can get pre-reqs done in as little as three semesters, plus 16 months of nursing school... so the whole ADN course really only takes a little more than 2 years, versus 4 years in a university...

    that was the point i was trying to come across for those people who decide that ADN is better for them.


    i wasn't asking for advice for transfering to UNF, i already know what i need to do to get in when and if i decide to pursue a BSN.
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    Quote from miss rochelle
    umm, what?

    if you're going directly to fccj's ADN, it's significantly less schooling than a BSN. you can get pre-reqs done in as little as three semesters, plus 16 months of nursing school... so the whole ADN course really only takes a little more than 2 years, versus 4 years in a university...

    that was the point i was trying to come across for those people who decide that ADN is better for them.


    i wasn't asking for advice for transfering to UNF, i already know what i need to do to get in when and if i decide to pursue a BSN.
    I don't think this is necessarily true for everyone. It depends on where you are at this point. I applied to both FCCJ and UNF. When it was all said and done I would have only had to spend an extra semester at UNF to come out with my bachelors. The FCCJ program actually put me behind time-wise. It depends on where the person wants to go later with their degree as to what really benefits them.
    From what I have researched, in the long run, the difference is that with a bachelors you can go into management-type positions in the hospital. There isn't much of a difference between an ADN nurse and a BSN nurse when you are starting out. But many hospitals want you to have a bachelors if you want to hold a managerial or supervisor type position. Some will hire you into the position with an ADN, but will want you to begin working toward your BSN.
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    Do you remember how many total points you had for fccj? How about on the NAT? I have a total of 220. Do I have a chance?
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    What was your NAT and total points when you got in? Mine is 220 altogether. Do I have a chance?


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