I got my acceptance letter today for the Catholic college I hoped to get into! It came in a big tube, with a banner for the college. I can't believe I have my choice of nursing schools.
Now comes the deciding. Do I go with the more expensive, further-away (by 15 minutes travel-time) college, that also offers BSN and MSN programs, or with the Community Tech college, which is much, much less expensive, a little bit closer (though clinicals could be just as far away, in fact, I know the LTC one will be), but only has graduated one nursing class so far (it's a very new program for them). The other college was founded by nursing nuns, and has been around for almost a century, so couldn't be any more well established.
Money is sort of, but not really an issue. My mother passed away unexpectedly in September, and my brother and sister want my education paid for out of her estate. The only trouble with that is the estate may not be settled for many more months. I know financial aid would cover most of my tuition at the Tech college, but no where near the full amount at the Catholic college.
I guess all-in-all, this is not a bad problem to have though! I'm not complaining one bit. I know I've worked hard to get here, prayed quite a bit that this would finally happen this year, and really believe my mother and God had a hand in it. I feel truly blessed.
Mar 6, '04
Boy, that's a tough one. If you're talking about saving a lot of money, that would be great. But if the other program is so new, that could be a gamble.
Maybe you could check the NCLEX pass rate of the class they just graduated, and compare that with the established school. That might help you decide.
Last edit by Sheri257 on Mar 6, '04
Mar 6, '04
i totally love that you have all those options, especially siblings that are so supportive. congratulations! :hatparty: in my opinion, i'd go with the community college for the adn. i would check with the local hospitals first, and ask the nursing recruiter, how she felt about the grads, and the programs success in particular. that's how i chose my school. then when you've got that, i'd switch over to the catholic college for the bsn/msn. i'm never short on opinion! :d
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