I have no idea how to get into a nusing school around Dayton, Ohio? Can you help?

  1. Hello,

    I want to get into a nursing school in Dayton Ohio but I also need to work. I have a B.A but no science classes, I am 38 years old, two kids, so I need to work as well.

    Any ideas which route is best? Such as should I get an L.P.N first then go into an associate program or go into a fast track program( if so which one).

    I appreciate any feedback.

    thanks,
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  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Scooting this over to the Nursing Student Forums, in hopes more may see and answer this for you. WELCOME to allnurses.com!
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  4. by   Lisa CCU RN
    Quote from tati
    Hello,

    I want to get into a nursing school in Dayton Ohio but I also need to work. I have a B.A but no science classes, I am 38 years old, two kids, so I need to work as well.

    Any ideas which route is best? Such as should I get an L.P.N first then go into an associate program or go into a fast track program( if so which one).

    I appreciate any feedback.

    thanks,
    It would be hard to work full time and do a fast track. I'm thinking maybe an LPN or an ADN and work weekends 12 or 16 hours a day? It is hard ,but 16 hour weekends would give you almost full time. You can probably do LPN better this way, I know people say that it is easier. I'm talking about working at a hospital as a nurse aide or PCT of course. Just a thought.
  5. by   tati
    Thanks for the reply. So you are saying, go through the L.P.N then work weekends as an aide? That is a good idea?

    What is PCT?
  6. by   Lisa CCU RN
    a PCT is a patient care tech, the same thing as a nurse aide, except in a hospital you may be doing different things. Yes, it would be a good idea to do either the LPN or ADN during the week and then work weekends. If you are really organized, try the fast track, after the sciences it's only 18 months at some places. To find programs, do a google search on Ohio nursing schools or just search for Ohio schools period and look for their nursing programs. Make sure to look at community colleges too, they usually have LPN programs. oh and check out this website www.discovernursing.com. Lok under the how tab, it has some schools on Kentucky that have no waiting list.
    Last edit by Lisa CCU RN on Oct 14, '05
  7. by   Lisa CCU RN
    I found a link with Ohio nursing schools--there are lot's to choose from.http://www.allnursingschools.com/fin...ng-schools.php
  8. by   Lisa CCU RN
    Quote from tati
    Thanks for the reply. So you are saying, go through the L.P.N then work weekends as an aide? That is a good idea?

    What is PCT?
    oh, I meant if you must work while in school, get your CNA--which you can get in a few weeks--and then work as an aide on weekends while you get your degree. Of course, this is only for experience and it may help you find out if you really want to do this. You could probably work in a nother field on weekends.
  9. by   WSU_Ally_RN
    I currently go to Wright state. Here we have a program called the BEACON program, which stands for something or other, but it's the fast track program. From what I've heard, it's pretty intense, I don't think the professors want you working at all. The regular nursing program (BSN) is a pretty intense program also, but not as much. I have several friends that work full time and are able to handle school too. If I were you, I would see if I could talk to a advisor in the nursing programs of all the schools in the area, and see what is the best for you. This is the website for the nursing school at Wright State.... http://www.nursing.wright.edu/ Good luck with everything!!
  10. by   GrnHonu99
    I live in Cincinnati, Ohio...we have a few students from Dayton that commute down here for school...I think we have more options program wise...I'm in an MN program for students with a bachelors degree (doesnt have to be nursing degree)...its a great program, i'm really happy with it and it costs less than some of the hospital based diploma programs in this city.
  11. by   AmyLiz
    What I suggest...as a 35 year old working wife and mother...go to Sinclair. Take your time...there is a waiting list of approximately 2 years, BUT in those two years, you can go part-time and take all those science courses, etc. that you'll need. I have a bachelors in psychology, so a lot transferred - like english, humanities, etc. - but I had to take the anatomy & physiology series, microbiology, pharmacology, and a few others. The first year or so that I was doing this, I worked M-F in an office and took one or two classes in the evenings. After I took the required CNA class (it's a pre-req for the nursing program), I got a job as a dialysis technician at a center in Dayton that is half-owned by Miami Valley Hospital. Once I started work there, they started paying for my school (and books!). Now this fall I am in my first quarter of the actual nursing program. I work 3 days a week (12 hour shifts) and go to school on my days off. It works out great.

    Sinclair is one of the top nursing schools around too, so it's worth the 2 year wait to start the program. Plus, if you finish up your pre-reqs while you're waiting, you'll only have to take a couple classes at a time throughout the whole program...which REALLY helps. I can't even imagine trying to take the nursing courses at the same time as you're taking A&P or micro or pharm!

    Good luck...and if you have any questions, feel free to email me!
  12. by   TashaLPN2006RN2012
    just another suggestion, Miami Valley CTC adult ed program has an LPN program Full time LPN, 9-5 M-F and in Feb of this coming year is a Part time program (i think it's 3 days a week), but they DO NOT have a waiting list...i start the full-time lpn in jan, the only pre-req was the STNA...it works for me though i don't have to work...but if i did have to work the part time program was nice...Sinclair is a great school too, as well as WSU...question have you contacted Kettering medical center? they have a good program too! I do know at MVCTC, you can do the fast track LPN to RN program and all of your LPN stuff transfers over! I'd check out CLark State as well...i think a friend of mine told me that they have little to no wait for RN...just some suggestions!

    tasha
  13. by   Daytonite
    Have you looked at the RN program at Wright State University? Since you already have a B.A. you've already got a lot of what you need for the bachelor's degree anyway. Since most universities have their quirky little requirements for their bachelor's degrees, you could be taking any required classes that WSU would require while you are hanging out on the waiting list to get into the nursing classes. Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio also has a BSN program. Xavier University in Cincinnati has a Master's degree in nursing direct entry program. It is specifically designed for people who already have a bachelor's degree in another field.

    The ADN programs in Dayton are at Sinclair Community College and Kettering College of Medical Arts at the Kettering Medical Center in Kettering, Ohio.

    There is an RN diploma program at Community Hospital School of Nursing in Springfield, Ohio.

    I suggest you get in contact with these schools as they are all within the Dayton area to get specifics. If you have to get onto a waiting list find out what gets you on the list and get on them as soon as possible. Sinclair, particularly, has a waiting list for most of their allied health programs.

    Does your job have any tuition reimbursement plan? Also, I would check the financial aid offices at each of these schools to see what kind of money you might be able to get outside of loans. Sometimes there are odd little tuition programs out there that you would never know about without asking. We learned recently that because one of my sister-in-laws could trace her geneology back to the American Revolution, her kids could have qualified for some scholarship at Ohio State University. Go figure! Also, a steel mill my father worked at for years set up a scholarship program for the children of those particular millworkers. I could have gotten a lot of my tuition paid from this scholarship fund, but never knew about it because I hadn't checked on any financial aid.

    With your college background I wouldn't even think of going the LPN route. I'm not meaning to slam LPNs, but you're already halfway to a BSN, so it seems reasonable to keep on going forward. Don't lament on what you lack in requirements and being on waiting lists. While you're waiting you could be taking classes you need. One or two classes each semester or quarter start to add up after awhile. This is how I did my ADN to BSN since I also had to keep working. I had all my pre-reqs for my bachelor's degree and the BSN nursing classes completed before I even got into those upper division classes. In my final, senior year of my BSN program I worked part time so I could focus only on my nursing classes. By looking at these different programs and planning ahead, you can do the same. Good luck!
  14. by   Daytonite
    Something else I was thinking about to tell you. That is that Miami Valley Hospital hires a great many BSNs from the Wright State nursing program. It is a very nice place to work IMO. They have a new grad orientee program. They were taking BSNs over ADNs at the time I worked there, however, I have heard of ADNs that they have hired, although not many.

    I am not sure what Kettering Medical Center's policy is on hiring grads for their hospital out of their nursing program. However, I'd be willing to bet that they watch the students in their program very carefully and pick the cream of the crop to work in their hospital. Also, in case you didn't know. . .KMC is a Seventh Day Adventist affiliated hospital. They used to require some kind of a statement from employees that they would not smoke or use coffee while on their property. It used to be that Loma Linda University out here in California which is also affiliated with the SDA church required their nursing students to attend chapel once a week--they had assigned seats (!). Of course, that was some years ago and that may have changed because of federal laws relating to discrimination and Medicare requirements placed on providers. Just something to be aware of.

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