If you complete the program at the vocational school, get licensed, and wish to return to school in the future to advance your education and career, you may well have trouble getting your academic credits accepted by other schools (I'm not saying I know that for a fact, but it is an issue with many "vocational" schools). Before I paid any tuition to that program (or even allowed my employer to pay money to them), I would verify whether credits are fully transferable (and I wouldn't just take the school's word for it; I would contact colleges and universities in the area and ask them
whether they accept credits from that school.)
There are plenty of nursing programs in the US that are operated by vocational or proprietary schools that may offer perfectly good nursing education and are approved by the state BON for their grads to be eligible for licensure, but, because they are not accredited by the agencies that accredit "regular" colleges and universities (and I'm talking general academics
, not specifically nursing
), other schools cannot
accept their credits.
I recognize that you are focused on getting licensed at this point, and you may be thinking there's no way you would ever want to go back to school -- but plenty of nurses felt that way at the beginning of their careers, and felt very differently
a few years later! I can't see any justification, at this point in time, to pay a penny in nursing tuition for courses that can't transfer to other schools. You would really be closing a lot of doors for yourself, or creating a lot of unnecessary (repeated) academic work in the future.
Again, I'm not saying for a fact that the courses from the school you describe wouldn't transfer, just that I recommend strongly that you check that out
before you commit to studying there, because it is an issue with some (many?) "vocational" schools. The fact that your employer hospital will pay for it, to me, doesn't mean anything, because the hospital is interested in its own interests, not yours -- the hospital isn't interested in what kind of future opportunities you have or don't have in nursing; in fact, it suits them for you not
to have many other opportunities beside bedside nursing ...
Welcome to allnurses, and best wishes for your journey!