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My parents would like for me to attend Parkland Community College of Nursing, and live at home with them. (they are both Educational Administrators) After those two years in the ADN program, I would then go back and get my BSN!
Thank you, Dustin (Future R.N/M.D)
Just an opinion here but, I do think that going away is a good idea -but- maybe you could do your basic core courses at Parkland, (ask the University what their core courses are for your BSN and then ask what they will accept as a transfer). Thing is,this way you will ease into college, save quite a bit of money by paying at the junior college for a lot of classes that will indeed transfer towards the BSN.
There is another big thing that I want to share with you too that you may want to find out more about so you can share with your parent...many ADN programs will not accept you into the two year portion of your degree until AFTER you have completed the pre-requisites for them, (those can take up to two years in themselves!)
So, find that out if it helps and let your folks know how long it would actually take you to complete that two year degree, (believe me, I know more than a handful that I met through my community college who said that had been on waitlists or completing pre-reqs so long that they had to re-take their pre-reqs A&P dut to the five year minimum restriction).
When I transferred to the four year school after two years at the junior college, (just to complete the nursing pre-reqs) I met quite a few students in the BSN program who thought it was easier and less competitive to become accepted into the BSN over the ADN programs. The junior colleges near me, (near Chicago) all have waitlists and such a high volume applying to get in that it IS and was quicker for me to transfer to the four year school.
Although, I decided to pursue this another way because I didn't plan my two year school right and didn't fully complete the pre-reqs, (some semesters classes are full and you have to wait) turns out that I have enough credits to graduate with my BA and am applying to a graduate entry program now for nursing. This works out better for me. While I was also, like you, interested in nursing and in becoming a doctor the graduate nursing program is for Nurse Practitioners and they are primary care providers, (yet with more positive things for me than the m.d.)
Possibly you could work towards a general Associate Degree specializing in completing the nursing pre-reqs for University of IL at Urbana, (I know they require micro, A&P, Orga&Inorg chem, and the general core courses of degrees and stuff).
Or, better yet, maybe you could work towards an Associate of Applied Science in Biology or Chemistry or something and then transfer with your good grades and get a Phi Thetta Kappa scholarship, (at four year schools for transfers from CC who are honors.)
I see the R.N./M.D. behind your name and want to suggest that you make the Associates in Chem or Bio because those will help to have complete before applying to medschool. I have been in classes with a couple of pre-meds, (had one as a dormmate in school) and they have different Chemistries than the nursing majors, (for medschool you will need to have a minimum of one year complete of chemistry but they won't be the same chemistries for the nursing major, you may want to check out which classes will agree for both or which will not so that you can strategize your time and courseload at college to complete enough to satisfy both),
Okay, good luck, hope some of this helps.
p.s. I do also believe that the two years at Parkland will better prepare you for your final two years on campus at the four year University, (by then you will already be a college student).