Dont, let me down...

  1. Okay guys,
    Don't let me down. I need some input here...

    I applied for the Fall 2003 nursing program at our local CC. I would have an ADN when I graduate. Well, they received 171 apps. The are accepting 80 applicants. I have most of my pre req's done except for my A&P which I am enrolled in for Spring. I am not sure with having 170+ applicants if they will be looking at the Spring coursework or not. This would put me back 1 year.

    So, I have one more possibility. There is a University about 30 minutes from me. St. Louis University. They offer a bach program. Since I am already almost done with most of my General ed requirments, I could have my Bach degree in 3 years.
    I know this is a good school. If I apply now, they said I would know right away. This would be beneficial in that I can begin applying for scholarships right away.

    I will not know anything about the ADN program until April maybe May.

    I thought it might be a slight advantage in that when I am actually in the clinical portion of the Bach program, all of my children will be in school. In the ADN program, I will finish as my youngest starts Kdg.

    Input here please....

    Thanks as always
    Jen:kiss
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   cakarol
    Maybe you should apply...cover all your bases at least. If you are accepted are you committed to joining the program? If not I would at least apply - it can't hurt and then figure out where to attend once you find out where you've actually been accepted???

    Best of luck to you!!!
    -Claire
  4. by   2banurse
    Hi Jen,

    It won't hurt to also apply for the bach program, especially if your ultimate goal is to be a RN with a BSN. When are you taking A&P, next semester? I'm sure that you will find that there are other applicants that may be in your same class. You may still have a good chance at being one of the 80 applicants.

    I actually fall in the same boat as you are...I'll still be taking a couple of the prereqs,particularly A&P in the spring when I apply. And again, I won't hear anything prior to April. Because I have a pretty good GPA and they have a priority period (hoping that other applicants are procrastinators!!!) maybe I'll have a good shot this fall. If not, I am also going to apply for the LPN at a local vocational school and then just transfer in as a transitional student...it'll take me an additional year, BUT I feel that the LPN has a stronger clinical section than the ADN and it'll only help me when I get into the program. After that I'll do the RN to MSN program which is local compared to the BSN which is an hour plus away.

    Best of luck and let me know when you hear!

    Kris
  5. by   Beach_RN
    Ditto to what was said in both previous postings..... get all your bases covered!

    Apply!

    Brenda
  6. by   dianacs
    Jenny--are you close to SIUE? I hear it has a good program too. Might be cheaper than SLU, lol. As for the ADN or BSN, if you know you want the BSN down the road, I would go ahead and get it now, get it over with.
  7. by   bet0326
    Hi Jen

    It never hurts to apply. I start the BSN program in January and I'm happy with the decision I've made. Since your youngest kids will be in school soon consider if you want to get your MSN someday. If you do having your BSN will streamline the process. I plan on continuing through to the PhD and teaching one day. Besides a nursing shortage there is an nursing educator shortage. The wonderful thing about our career is that the possibilities are endless.

    Apply to both and jump off that bridge when you get to it. Applying for scholarships and financial aid is important early on so don't wait to start the process for the BSN.

    Good Luck with whatever you decide

    Yvette
  8. by   Jenn_RN
    Cover all of your bases as everyone else said, can't hurt to apply. Things tend to work out as they are meant. If it is too hard or you have to jump through too many hoops, maybe it isn't meant to be and the bsn is. Good luck!
  9. by   JennyRN2B
    You guys are so awesome. I knew you would reply immediatly. So, if I get accepted to both would you say BSN. We are only talking a year difference in my grad date. Also the price...$$$ However, to my understanding, the opportunities are more vast?

    Oh, and one more question. Is the BSN more difficult since you have the nursing classes with some of the other things?
    Jen
  10. by   TeresaRN2b
    I would apply to both as well. If you are accepted to both you will have to sit down with a pen and paper and write down the pros and cons of both schools to decide what is best for you. I know for me, I chose the ADN route because we can't afford a 4 year degree right now and I want to be done in 2 years. I want to go back for my bachelors, but I want to be able to work as an RN to be able to pay for it. However, if I had financial aid to cover everything then I'd have gone for a 4 year degree. You will have to figure out what's best for you and your family.

    Teresa
  11. by   bet0326
    I would go for the BSN. However, I live in Florida and there is a state loan forgiveness program along with numerous loan forgiveness programs at local hospitals. Like I said it all depends on what you want to do later on.

    Again, good luck

    oh I forgot the rest...........in my program you basically do all the nursing courses together with 90% of the prereq's out of the way. So if it is harder (which I don't know if it is) it wouldn't be because of that. It all depends on your school
  12. by   colleen10
    Hi Jen,

    Never put all your eggs in one basket. Apply to both, or even find more schools to apply to.

    With your Bachelors you'll have more opportunity to get into management and an easier time of continuing on to further your education.

    I guess for me, money would be the major issue and deciding factor.
  13. by   nurse0977
    I think if you can you should go for the BSN.
    I drive 40 minutes to school, and it's not a big deal to me, I just pop in a CD and enjoy the alone time.
    I am in a BSN program, and although it is hard, I feel that I will have an advantage because the ADN programs in my area don't offer pharm, pathophysiology, etc., and their students don't get an acute care rotation. It is just more comprehensive. I know the pay difference isn't there for BSN vs ADN, but I would think any hospital would know that the BSN program is more comprehensive and give you the advantage as an applicant.
  14. by   BioRN
    I always apply for at least three schools at a time. This way I can choose for the program that works best for me by having all the inside information. Once you are accepted you can speak with advisors and set up coursework plans a all semesters/quarters before you make your final decision.

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