High school junior considering nursing - best Georgia undergrad programs? - page 2

Hello :) So, I'm a junior in high school, and I plan to get a BSN degree and become an RN, and eventually become a nurse practitioner. I need to start applying to colleges soon, and I really need... Read More

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    I know this is a little old, but I just came across it. If you are looking for the best schools, check the Secretary of State's website and look at the pass rate for the NCLEX. http://sos.georgia.gov/plb/rn/NCLEXSCORES.pdf That will give you an idea of how well the school prepares their students for passing the boards. That will give you an idea of the quality of education you can expect.

    One other piece of advice I can give you is to check the salarys of ASN RNs compared to BSN RNs. You will find there's not that much difference. It sounds like money may be an issue, so I would say to seriously take a look at an ASN program to get it done quicker and far cheaper than at nearly all the schools you have listed. Don't rule out a Technical College because you think a big school is better. (The nursing school with one of the the highest NCLEX pass rate in the state for several years running happens to be a Technical College whereas Brenau's pass rate has steadily declined and is now in the 70% range) If you go the ASN route, you can always upgrade to a BSN in little time - but you have the benefit of being able to work as an RN much quicker. There are even programs that allow you to go from the ASN to an MSN (such as the one at Emory).

    I'm doing this at 40 years old as a career change, so my needs are a little different than yours. I researched for a while and found that I could do it this way faster and cheaper than any other way. Good luck with your plans. It sounds like you are a good student, so you shouldn't have any issues. One of the main things I can say about nursing school is that some people find it hard because of the way it makes you think. I know of people who have gotten in with a 4.0 GPA and a 99% on the entrance exam who are struggling to make C's in nursing school. It's not enough to be book smart. You need to be able to think critically. Some tests may have 2 or 3 out of 4 multiple choice answers that could be right. You have to pick the best right answer. That's the best way I can explain it.

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    I don't know much beyond what is on the websites about the nursing programs themselves, since I am just starting nursing school myself in August. I will be going for an ASN at Perimeter because it is most convenient.

    BUT, my children have friends who have attended GCSU and Georgia State. The two who went to GCSU have loved it. They've been very happy there. Georgia State is higher ranked, and has better SAT scores, but the two people I know who started there were unhappy and transferred out. They found it too urban, commuterish (even the one who lived in the dorms) and impersonal. Georgia Southern also has a nursing program. My neice just graduated from there (not the nursing program, though) and liked that school a lot.

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