I have been working as an optician for many, many years (15) and have been working towards changing careers into nursing for some months now. I am on my own and depend on only myself, so this change is a bit scary and risky for me. I will be paying for school and living expenses. The reason I am considering nursing is because of my love for working directly with people. I have done charity work throughout the years and I know deep down inside that I would enjoy the field very much and I won't have to deal with being pressured to make money..money...which is what my current job has become.
I recently applied to a few nursing programs. NYU, Wagner College, BMCC and New York City Technical College. Two of those programs are accelerated nursing programs bsn in private schools (very expensive route) and two other programs are in community colleges which would give me an associates degree in nursing. Both routes would prepare me to get my RN license. I already have a BS in Education. The acclerated programs are very expensive and would put a hole in my finances since I would need to take out loans. If I do the associate's degree route I could probably still work somewhat and not be in much debt since the tuition is much more affordable but it would take me longer to achieve my goals.
I want to study NP and that is my ultimate goal with this field. I have been taking pre-requisite courses to enter the bsn programs but I have my doubts if I should go this route due to finances. Any feedback would be highly appreciated.
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