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  1. I was going to school for my adn and I changed my mind and decided what the crap lets go on and get the BSN..well now i can't pay for tuition because i live in the staTe of Georgia and there is not a single school near me within 2 hours of driving to get my bsn..but i can go just 10 miles and pass into tennessee and get it at UTC..but i have to pay out of state tuition..well i can't afford it..can't move..so i thought i would just wait and i would get something else and then let the hosptial pay for my BSN..so i thought of Sugical Tech...how well does this pay..how hard is the school..can you travel and travel only in your area....if so do you still get a housing allowance..thanks for any other help..or what do you think i should do in order to get my BSN,,,my wish is to one day become a CRNA...i am still VERY VERY VERY young..i have two kids..but young. young..and i can wait..on the bsn..but i want to go to work to do something now..THANKS MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   emily_mom
    Why can't you move? Don't the two states have reciprocity? In our area the waiting list for surg tech is 1 1/2 years. What's wrong with an ADN? If you get that, a lot of hospitals will pay for your schooling to get your BSN. I don't think surg techs make that much, but it could be different in your area. You should just get your ADN vs ST as at least you will have some classes that will transfer and work experience. By becoming a surg tech first, you would waste a lot of time with regards to attaining your goal of CRNA. Just my .02....

    Kristy
  4. by   2banurse
    I totally agree with the above response. If you are able to do the ADN locally, why not? Especially if CRNA is your ultimate goal. At least with your ADN you will also have credits towards your BSN.

    Best of luck!
    Kris
  5. by   New CCU RN
    Seems to me you have a few options

    1) Surgical Tech...which in my opinion as well as the other posters would be delaying your goals to become a CRNA and not benefitting you other than money....I don't know that they make too much...I could be wrong though

    2) Move across the state border.... and become a state resident to get your BSN...is this possible? Most of the time you only need to live their for a year before being considered for instate tuition

    3) Go for your ADN first...work as an RN and have the hospital pay your tuition to get your BSN.

    If time isnt an issue, which seems to me from your posting...it isnt...I;d go with option 3. You can even be working on your BSN while you are getting your ICU experience in and sending off your apps to CRNA school!!!

    Good luck to you.
  6. by   Gotalovethekids
    Hey, what about the wonderful Georgia HOPE grant!!! Would that be a possibility for you as a way to cover tuition costs? The hospital near my school will pay for your last 2 years of the BSN program if you agree to work for them for 2 years once you graduate. Pretty neat program if you can get HOPE & scholarships to help you cover the first 2 years. You can pm me or e-mail me if I can help you with any other questions you have.

    Sarah
    sed_lc@hotmail.com
  7. by   eltrip
    You most likely live in one of the "border counties" that have a reciprocity agreement for UTC. Sounds like it from what I've read. Check them out online at www.utc.edu. If you can also use the HOPE grant, so much the better. If not, start checking with the Chattanooga area hospitals on BOTH sides of the state line. I'm sure at least one of them will be interested in talking to you.

    You go, girl!
    All the best,
    Joy
  8. by   ShortFuse_LPN
    Not sure how you feel about this, but when I was in nursing school, we had several ppl who just got PO boxes in order to have an in-district addy. Even though you go to school in one state I think you can test for whichever state you will be working in.
  9. by   lpnga
    I have the HOPE grant in the state of Georgia..but there is not a school within 2 hours to get my BSN.....I will check out about being in their area...What does everyone think if i was to get my CNA and work as that if i could still live in Georgia and pay in state tuition at UTC ..since i am only 5 miles from the line..I have thought of getting a PO box..Thanks for any help..I think then if I got my CNA and worked in Tenn,,i would get in state tuition and get it paid for through the hospital..THANKS

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