Cost of Books ?

  1. Hello. I'm hoping some of the students on this board could help me out. I'm trying to figure out a ruff estimate of what it would cost me to go back to college to get my RN. I have already figured out what my tuition would be, but I have not been able to find any inforamtion on the average cost of books. Could some people here post an estimated cost of what they have paid for books while in the RN program? I realize this will very with state to state and program to program, but I'm just looking for an estimate. I would be attending a communtiy college and graduate with an associate of science degree. Thanks for any help you can give me!

    Stacy
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   paramedic52
    Oh, I should have added that I'm just about completed all my classes for my AA degree. I'm looking for the cost of books for nursing classes only. Thanks!
  4. by   snapper
    For next semester the total for books will be around $800. They tell me that I will use these books for the entire time I am in school. My books for last semesters cost around $300. So for 2 semester will have spent around $1100.

    snapper
  5. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    $650. here for the first semester.

    I don't think I'll stop there though,I'm always buying something extra like a cd-rom or an extra guide to give me a better understanding.
  6. by   paramedic52
    Thank you both for your replies. This at least gives me a ball park figure so I know how much to budget.

    Peeps Mcarthur -- I noticed you live in MD. I also live there -- Balto. Co. area. What school do you go to? I'm planning on attending Essex Community College. That is where I received my paramedic certification from. I really like the school and the teachers! Just thought I'd say hello to a fellow Marylander.

    Stacy
  7. by   fourbirds4me
    Mine were around $1000 for the first semester and a couple hundred per semester after that.
  8. by   pkmom
    Mine are $400-$600 and they say that should be for the whole two years of nursing classes.
  9. by   DebsZoo
    Another question along this line........
    How far in advance of classes starting did you get the list of required books?
    I would like to start buying the books, but worry a little that I won't have time to 'surf' to find the best buys.

    Thanks, in advance, for replies.
  10. by   craff1
    A combination of used and new prices from Amazon.com (way cheaper in some cases than the college store here, $372 so far for first semester, not including the syllabus which we are required to buy, and 3 other books that I'm not going to buy. That's only the REQUIRED list! Also, it cost $15 per shirt for uniforms and the vest is $40. $14 for ID cards and School Patches for our vests. $15 for malpractice insurance. $30 annual dues for the student nursing association. $30 parking (plus we have to pay for parking at the clinical sites). You are smart to think ahead about financing your education - books are no small expense as you've already seen from the other posts! (Oh, and this is a jr. college in CA.)
    Best of luck,
    Cheryl Raff
  11. by   paramedic52
    Thank you all for your input. I figured it would be wise to check this out before going into classes blindly. With this knowledge you all have provided me I will have a ball park budget for books.

    craff1-- Thanks for the extra info on the other added expenses. It will come in handy.

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