Best Path to a Nursing Degree?

  1. I have a previous BS in Pathobiology, but a low GPA and limited funds. My ultimate goal is to do travelling/ wilderness/ expedition/ disaster Nursing. In your opinion, what is a better route to an RN?

    1. Pay to get pre reqs done, get an Associates Degree, get an RN
    2. Join the Army as a 68-C reservist, get an LPN, do an LPN> RN program

    I'm 28, single, able to relocate easily, in decent physical shape. Having a hard time determining if the Army will provide what I need to advance my skills versus what I will give up to them.
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   Pixie.RN
    How low is your GPA? Have you talked to a recruiter yet regarding the 68C pathway?
  4. by   Chiyanpoole
    Hey I am in the same position . Please let Have so many questions can you email me atchiyanpoole@gmail.com
  5. by   203KEE
    I have not- not sure if the 68c or 68w would offer a better chance at a BSN...
  6. by   Pixie.RN
    Quote from 203KEE
    I have not- not sure if the 68c or 68w would offer a better chance at a BSN...
    68W will only give you an EMT-Basic cert. 68C is an LVN, so a nurse. 68W won't be much help.
  7. by   jfratian
    That plan may be the cheapest, but it will definitely take you the longest. If it were me, I would just go into debt with loans. I would do the pre-reqs and work full-time. Then do loans for 2-years of nursing school as a civilian.

    Otherwise, you might very well have to serve 2-4 years as an enlisted medic before you have the opportunity to even apply, much less start, the enlisted commissioning program to become an RN.

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