Need advice: Should I go for the private school

  1. After consulting with the school, I know that I have more chance to get into that private school in Fall 2004. From spring 2005,I can start the nursing program and May 2007 I'll be done with a BSN. What i am considering is the tuition and fees. It's much more expensive than the public school, say 13,000/year. Plus I have already had a BS degree in other field. I don't see there is any point to get another BS. degree. I am also considering ADN, but seems the private school is the easiest one I can get into right away. I have't started the pre-requisite yet, but I've already had microbioloy, chemistry,English... I might probably need to take just one or two more pre-requisite to be eligible to apply for nursing schools. Should I apply for that private school? Need opinions....
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  3. by   camiluvsNURSING
    I'm kind of in the same boat as you...
    Most private schools are easier to get into because most people don't want to pay the tuition (or can't afford it). I'm to the point of whatever school accepts me, I"M GOING. But let me ask, since you already have a Bachelors degree, Do they have a Accelerated program? If so then that would be the quickest route. Of course If you are going the cost efficient way then it would be the ADN program, you also need to keep in consideration If you want to eventually go back to be a NP or take some other graduate program you would need your BSN.
    Check out the pre-reqs for all the schools you are interested in and If they're the same (or pretty close) then apply to all of them and go from there!!!

    HOPE THIS HELPS
  4. by   suzanne4
    Quote from showye
    After consulting with the school, I know that I have more chance to get into that private school in Fall 2004. From spring 2005,I can start the nursing program and May 2007 I'll be done with a BSN. What i am considering is the tuition and fees. It's much more expensive than the public school, say 13,000/year. Plus I have already had a BS degree in other field. I don't see there is any point to get another BS. degree. I am also considering ADN, but seems the private school is the easiest one I can get into right away. I have't started the pre-requisite yet, but I've already had microbioloy, chemistry,English... I might probably need to take just one or two more pre-requisite to be eligible to apply for nursing schools. Should I apply for that private school? Need opinions....
    Whether you go for the ADN or the BSN, you are going to spend the same amount of time, since you already have a degree. If you can afford to, go for the BSN......................I would go for the private school and just get it done, if you can swing it...............you will just get done that much quicker also and have the income as being an RN coming in.........
  5. by   showye
    Quote from caminurse
    I'm kind of in the same boat as you...
    Most private schools are easier to get into because most people don't want to pay the tuition (or can't afford it). I'm to the point of whatever school accepts me, I"M GOING. But let me ask, since you already have a Bachelors degree, Do they have a Accelerated program? If so then that would be the quickest route. Of course If you are going the cost efficient way then it would be the ADN program, you also need to keep in consideration If you want to eventually go back to be a NP or take some other graduate program you would need your BSN.
    Check out the pre-reqs for all the schools you are interested in and If they're the same (or pretty close) then apply to all of them and go from there!!!

    HOPE THIS HELPS
    They don't have accelerated program. Did you ever consider go for a LPN program first and then do a LPN to RN program. It seems that LPN is easier to get in than RN. The only diadvantage is we would have to go through application to RN again after graduation from a PN program, still there might be a mile long waiting list out there. Actually I am not sure if it's true for the LPN to RN program admission.
    Anyway, just keep trying.
  6. by   showye
    Quote from suzanne4
    Whether you go for the ADN or the BSN, you are going to spend the same amount of time, since you already have a degree. If you can afford to, go for the BSN......................I would go for the private school and just get it done, if you can swing it...............you will just get done that much quicker also and have the income as being an RN coming in.........
    Thanks for you reply. I really just want to go for the easiest way to get into the program as soon as possible. But I think that BSN (3 years) may take me at least one more year to finish up than ADN. So still hesitating.......
  7. by   Hopegirl
    I am in a similar boat - I have a BA degree already, and just want to get my nursing degree ASAP. But since I am considering becoming an NP in the future, I feel that a BSN will be more helpful, even in the shortrun. Fortunately our school here that offers BSN, I am very competitive for. I would say that the decision depends on your future career goals and how quickly you want to achieve them. I tend to think that if the BSN is an available option for you, that that's the way to go...

    Good luck!
    -j
  8. by   showye
    Quote from Hopegirl
    I am in a similar boat - I have a BA degree already, and just want to get my nursing degree ASAP. But since I am considering becoming an NP in the future, I feel that a BSN will be more helpful, even in the shortrun. Fortunately our school here that offers BSN, I am very competitive for. I would say that the decision depends on your future career goals and how quickly you want to achieve them. I tend to think that if the BSN is an available option for you, that that's the way to go...

    Good luck!
    -j
    Thank you for your reply. I am kinda shake back and forth.... Actually I am in a Ph.D program right now and there are complicated reasons and concerns for me to make a decision to come out of the Ph.D program that's almost half done and get into another new one. It's not a easy decision for me to make.... These days I am just so irritating and sensitive. The long waiting list of ADN sometimes made me very upset.
    But I am better now, and I also know that every decision has it's own pros and cons... Just try to follow the calling of my heart.....
  9. by   Hopegirl
    Quote from showye
    Thank you for your reply. I am kinda shake back and forth.... Actually I am in a Ph.D program right now and there are complicated reasons and concerns for me to make a decision to come out of the Ph.D program that's almost half done and get into another new one. It's not a easy decision for me to make.... These days I am just so irritating and sensitive. The long waiting list of ADN sometimes made me very upset.
    But I am better now, and I also know that every decision has it's own pros and cons... Just try to follow the calling of my heart.....
    Let me tell you how much I understand your frustrations and the difficulty of this decision. I have my heart set on a Masters Entry Program, but am not very competitive for it, so I am being realisitic about my options. I'm looking into ADN programs as well as BSN programs, but the frustrating thing for me is that whether I go the ADN, BSN, or MSN route, given my circumstances and the reality of waitlists, etc., they will all take about three years, and that's if I'm lucky! In actual fact, the ADN would probably be the longest route at this point. If San Diego had an Accelerated BSN, at least I'd have one more option for me that felt right. But there you go - what can you do!

    What type of PhD were you going for and what made you change course?

    Best wishes!
    -j
  10. by   showye
    Quote from Hopegirl
    Let me tell you how much I understand your frustrations and the difficulty of this decision. I have my heart set on a Masters Entry Program, but am not very competitive for it, so I am being realisitic about my options. I'm looking into ADN programs as well as BSN programs, but the frustrating thing for me is that whether I go the ADN, BSN, or MSN route, given my circumstances and the reality of waitlists, etc., they will all take about three years, and that's if I'm lucky! In actual fact, the ADN would probably be the longest route at this point. If San Diego had an Accelerated BSN, at least I'd have one more option for me that felt right. But there you go - what can you do!

    What type of PhD were you going for and what made you change course?

    Best wishes!
    -j
    It's a science program and the funding for this program seems running out....
    I didn't even think about Accelarated BSN. Thank you for reminding me.
    I am willing to relocate as long as I can get into. Do you ever consider to relocate somewhere offers accelarated BSN? Do you know any circumstance of getting into accelarated BSN? Is it tougher than ADN, traditional BSN, or MSN route? Seems too many questions.:-)
  11. by   Hopegirl
    Quote from showye
    It's a science program and the funding for this program seems running out....
    I didn't even think about Accelarated BSN. Thank you for reminding me.
    I am willing to relocate as long as I can get into. Do you ever consider to relocate somewhere offers accelarated BSN? Do you know any circumstance of getting into accelarated BSN? Is it tougher than ADN, traditional BSN, or MSN route? Seems too many questions.:-)
    Yes, Accelerated BSN's are a great way to go! At this point it's just not realistic for my husband & I to relocate, so I'm hanging tight and hoping to get into th Direct Entry Masters here in San Diego. It is tough getting into both the AccBSN and the Direct Entry programs - both are extremly competitive. But I'm still going to try! I think once you are in, it's just as tough as any other program, and you have more to show for it when you are finished. Good Luck!

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