First of all thanks to everyone posting, this site has been a great resource for someone with very limited experience in healthcare.
I'm 33, living in Chicago (bronzeville) and planning to start applying to nursing programs as soon as I complete a couple of prerequisite courses.
My initial goal is to get my RN as cheaply and quickly as possible (via an ADN program @ City or Community Colleges) then get into the workforce ASAP. I already have a BA, so I might be able to bridge to an MSN after a couple years working. I know what everyone's thinking, but based on my research this makes more sense to me than going directly for my BSN or direct entry MSN as my mediocre college GPA (2.56) and lack of funds rule out any programs that are ideal (Rush, Depaul, UIC).
So the current plan is to take BIO 121, CHEM 121, and BIO 120 (medical terminology
) to meet posted admission requirements for schools like Malcom X and Truman College.
Can anyone recommend a school for these prereqs? Is distance learning an option?
I know there's a long lead time between applying to and actually starting nursing at these schools so I'm also lining up volunteer jobs and Red Cross training for CPR/AED certifications.
Sorry for the rambling post... any answers/suggestions/opinions are very welcome. Thanks!