Im currently a senior at Rutgers University in New Jersey and the past couple months, Ive been going over the idea of going to nursing school. Earlier this week I decided that that is what I am going to do. My original plan after graduation was:
Graduate in May 2012 (Bachelors of the Arts in Labor Relations and Management)
Enlist in the Army for 2 or 4 years
Go for Officer Candidate School
Get out and get a civilian job with the government (CIA, FBI) or possibly State Trooper
I first started looking at second degree programs. There are several schools near my home that offer it (Drexel, Rutgers, TCNJ, etc) but Im afraid that my current undergraduate file won't be competitive enough. I heard they are really hard to get into and my GPA isn't that high (like a 3.3). But this way I will obtain my BSN and can be an RN correct?!
My friend recently graduated from Lincoln Tech and she is now an LPN. She works in a pediatric office and she loves it so that was an idea too. Go for LPN, work for a little and then go back for my BSN.
The local community college has the 2 year associates program, but then I would have to transfer to a four year to get my BSN which will make it a 6 year journey rather than a 2 year (second degree program) or even less (LPN)
1-I dont have the science requirements because my major in college right now has nothing to do with science. I haven't taken science since high school. I have the other requirements like sociology and psychology, but I would have to get these done before I apply to a school right?
My plan is to still go into the military since if I have a bachelors in nursing, I am able to get a direct commission into the nursing corps and be an officer.
Any help, advice, or pointing in the right direction would be great. I am focused on becoming a nurse now. Im just confused as to what road to take. I will be going to open houses in the next couple weeks, but hearing from current nursing students and/or nurses will be awesome as well =)
Oct 18, '11
Will you still qualify for financial aid and govt loans if you already have your bachelors? Does anyone know! I was under the impression that after you received a BA you couldn't get anymore financial aid and that if you were going for a Masters you were limited to student loans? Just curious!
I knew a high school classmate years ago who went to Alverno and used financial aid and student loans and they failed her her last semester and she said she couldn't repeat it because she couldn't get anymore aid and never got her degree! She's a janitor now and the only bright side is that her parents bought her a condo and she works for a company known for generous benefits, but otherwise what a waste of all the time and money for a college degree she never even got full credit for! Also I've talked to other Alverno alumni and know several who were forced to repeat a semester, and this is a (pass/fail) school to begin with, so you wonder if this is just a money grab on their part!
Last edit by brandy1017 on Oct 18, '11