Hey everyone! I'm currently trying to decide on which nursing program would be better for me. There are two that I'm in between. I'll just layout the differences here:
*The location is close to me
*4 semesters long
*Entrance is based on first come first serve--about a semester long waiting list (not too bad)
*The school is known for being very tough and very unorganized, I've heard many bad things and not so many good things. I even had a teacher at this school suggest the other schools
program over this one.
*The entrance requirements (testing) is tougher
*Have to pass the HESI with a min. score to graduate program and be eligible for NCLEX even if you passed all the classes
*Have heard great things about the program. I haven't heard any negatives about it yet but it is a small school.
*Don't have to pass the HESI to graduate.
*The only pre-entrance testing was a reading test that I already took. Very easy.
*Class meet's less days per week than the other school
*It's more than an hours drive away from where I live.
*5 semesters instead of four (but this might be better in the long run)
*Entrance is based on a point system--grades in certain classes, gpa, etc. I'm pretty good in this area, my grades are good, GPA is about 3.5, but I'm not sure how competetive it is.
*Did I mention it's a LONG drive??? :-)
Based on these differences, do any of you have any opinions? I'm definitely leaning towards the second school and if it wasn't so far away, it would be a no brainer. But it is a very long drive for me when I have two kids to get to school and daycare. I guess I'm just looking for any input to push me to my final decision on this.
Thanks to anybody that can help!