Is spending $80,000 on a private ABSN school a waste - page 5

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  1. by   marsbar37
    i did an accelerated BSN 2nd degree program too. It was worth it. The teachers were fantastic and they really cared.
  2. by   Orca
    Quote from MedSurgRN14
    My big name private school did NOTHING to help us find jobs, it was a business really.
    This is a major issue. A lot of "colleges" sprung up to take advantage of easy student loan money, and many don't care what they deliver. My stepdaughter attended a college whose name you would immediately recognize from their television ads. They totally exaggerated the available career opportunities in the field that she was studying, and the "job assistance" that they made such a big deal about when she signed up was a list of prospective employers for her to call. About half of them were out of business, and the rest were very annoyed that the school was still telling graduates to call them about jobs.
  3. by   luvmyc
    Yes. Taking on that much debt is crazy.
  4. by   WhortonOKC
    As a 24 year BSN, YES it is overpriced and likely not worth it.

    Get a BSN from a reputable but mid level state university. Don't even do that unless you plan on getting a Masters degree.

    In 24 years I have yet to have a job that paid any dividend for a BSN, Most don't even flatter you by putting BSN on your name badge.
  5. by   amoLucia
    This is something that has not been brought up here, but I have read numerous entries from students and grads (but not yet NCLEXed) and newbies. Are you approaching schooling with any type of LEGAL LUGGAGE (I think I just invented a new term!)???

    These are folk here on AN who've had some kind of brush-ins with the law, some quite serious and some not-so-terrible. If you commit to some type of financial contract, there could be SIGNIFICANT problems if you the have some legal issues that could preclude or prohibit your entering or finishing school. Or prevent you from sitting NCLEX or obtaining a desired job. Or you are reported to your BON.

    Problems like DUIs, fighting, shoplifting, drugs or alcohol issues, thefts, wrong place/wrong/time/wrong company, etc etc etc. Posts abound here with even minor ones. And then there's those work related issues that can get you in trouble.

    You'll still have those IOUs.

    Please think hard about that level of debt.
  6. by   Flatline
    Quote from WhortonOKC
    As a 24 year BSN, YES it is overpriced and likely not worth it.

    Get a BSN from a reputable but mid level state university. Don't even do that unless you plan on getting a Masters degree.

    In 24 years I have yet to have a job that paid any dividend for a BSN, Most don't even flatter you by putting BSN on your name badge.
    Depends on what you do with that BSN. A raise for doing the same job? Not likely.

    Being more marketable for better paying jobs? Absolutely.

    I made just over $60k when I graduated with by ASN, couple years after my BSN I was north of $100k and a couple years from that I am now north of $120k. My BSN was the thing that made me eligible for the positions I was seaking.

    All depends on what you do.
  7. by   Destin293
    It seems like a good idea until those $650 a month payments for 25 years begin. As someone who spent $80,000 on her first degree, then $15,000 on an ABSN, I say don't do it. If you have $80,000 that you worked and saved for, stick it in your retirement and go for a cheaper option for school. It doesn't matter where you go to school for nursing, you clean up poop just like everyone else.
  8. by   retiredmednurse
    I am now a spokesperson for my nursing school to encourage high schoolers to go there. It is a full university, so they have a lot to offer besides nursing. Look into scholarships. When I asked what was out there, WOW was I impressed. My school is a private school, so it is expensive and they know that. But the grants and scholarships can easily pay over half the tuition, lodging, and meals-and in some cases, nearly a full ride.
  9. by   forevergreatful
    if you can't get in anywhere else and you feel you have no other options then do it. just don't slack off because its costing you a lot
  10. by   Proverbs16:24
    One sentence: the government makes money off of student loans.
  11. by   canusang
    Hello EllaBella1, could you tell me what state university this was?
  12. by   whitescrubsaremyfave
    I was going to pursue the same route, and ultimately decided on a local community college's accelerated ADN program. In my opinion, yes, ABSN is a complete waste. You cannot work at all in those types of programs, you will die. Also, in the time it would take me to graduate from an ABSN program, I will have both my ADN and be halfway to an MSN (one year RN to MSN program I found online), because the ABSN programs around my area are mostly two years long as opposed to my ADN where it will take me 15 months. Believe it or not between the two degrees I'll be spending 25% of what I would have completing an ABSN program. However, you must consider where you live, because some hospitals will not hire new grads without their BSN or make them sign a waiver stating they will obtain it within 3-5 years. Additionally, you do not complete a practicum with an ADN program traditionally, and you often cannot complete a nurse externship, if you are interested in a specific field such as ER or ICU. But then again in an ABSN you probably wouldn't have time for an externship anyway. There are so many better things you can spend that money on. The availability of RN to BSN programs is amazing, and I think it would be silly not to take advantage of that.

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