I just need some advice. I know you can't make decsions for me, but advice is always helpfull. I was in school at LSU. I've taken A&P 1, PSYC 1, all the ENG's and MATH's and made all A's. I was taking A&P 2, PSYC 2, and Micro this fall. However, after Katrina, my wife, my 7 yr old stepson, and I left town pretty quickly, so I withdraw from LSU. My wife is an RN and took the first travel contract that called-one in west Texas. I have got into the local community college here, and everything transfered.
The councelor at the college advised me to do a CNA course before applying to nursing. Instead, I applied for an EMT course starting in the Spring. I had planned to do that and A&P 2 and medical terminology
(then I would have all classes taken care of needed to apply for nursing or paramedic). I kind of had a change of heart and thought about EMS instead of nursing.
One of my problems is I now have a student loan balance of near $12000, as we used about $5000 to move with to Texas. I only have $2000 left and this college does not give out unsubsidized stafford loans. They only offer subsidized loans and only to students who have an existing loan balance of under $6125. My wife and I have quite a bit of debt as it is. Right now she is making good money and is able to renew her contract.
I am just at a loss as what to do. I don't know whether or not I would rather do EMS or nursing. With EMS I could do my EMT, work for a year or so (this would mean having to make payments on the student loan too) then go back for a yr to do paramedic. Or I could go from emt straight to paramedic, but I've been advised that this isn't a good option. EI suddenly you're on the streets with an inexperienced emt under your wing and u have pretty much no exposure to the job.
Then if I decided to go for nursing, I would have to find someway of getting a student loan. Can you get these by just asking a bank? Plus, should I go ahead and do the EMT, A&P2, and Medical terminology (incase something goes wrong at least I can work as an EMT) and then enroll in nursing for the fall 06? Or would it be better to just do all prereques for the nursing program instead this spring and summer and have a few more A's to help me into the nursing program. I guess I could always do my CNA during the spring.
At least if I chose, and was able to get a loan for, nursing I would be able to work in the ER, which I would love. Plus I would make over double what I would make as an EMT. In the long run it would take about the same time-2 years for paramedic or nurse. And I am ready to get school over with. I don't think I could hadle working for a year then having to go back to school for a year.
I don't know. I'm so lost. Right now I am waiting to hear if I got into the EMT program for the spring, and spring registration for classes isn't untill Nov 28th. I already took the nurse entrance test, as you have to for the EMT course, and did well at it. I just don't want to get in more debt, but I keep thinking 2 years down the road with both my wife and working as RN's it shouldn't be a problem. Sorry for rambling for so long. Thatnks for reading.