I'm a university graduate from Chicago holding a non-nursing
BS degree, but I have all the pre-req's completed to be able to jump into, say, an ABSN program.
My ultimate goal is to become an NP (preferable Family or something related to the ER). However I also want to reach this goal ASAP, or at least be able to support myself and a family ASAP. Which of the following options would allow this the best?
UIC's GEP program which is basically: 15 months of BSN curriculum, then sitting for NCLEX, and then going straight into an NP program (2-4 years depending on full/part time) - this would take me from roughly Jan 2014 to Fall 2017-2019
Something to consider here: It's definitely possible for me to be doing the MSN portion part time and then working to support myself as well
Loyola ABSN program to become an RN w/ BSN by Mid 2014
then go onto an NP program, roughly 2-4 years.
Something to consider, however, is that many if not all MSN/NP programs require at least a year of work experience as an RN, so that could delay the date in which I become an NP,
but gives me time to work full time and save up (with family support)
Considering my goals above, and the various considerations given with each option, which do you think is best for the long run, and also getting on my own two feet as quickly as possible?