Hello, I am hoping someone can give me some advice. I want to attend the nursing program at JJC. I am registered to begin taking pre-req's at JJC this summer. I met with a counselor at JJC today and feel like I did not get the direction I need. A little about me: I have a certificate in surgical technology from Triton College, 1992. Have not worked in the OR for about 10 yrs and have been a stay at home mom for the past 5 1/2 yrs. I got divorced last August and am hoping to get into nursing school so that I can become an RN and be able to provide for myself and my children.
I am currently registered for Eng 101 (summer), Fall: Math 094, Nutrition, Sociology, Speech. The counselor told me the only course from my CST that would count is my Psych, so I will still need Psych 215 when it is available. She told me I should contact the director of the science dept to ask if I can skip BIO 151 and take BIO 250 once I complete my math course. I was hoping that my prior education would give me something toward these, but I am pretty much starting fresh.
I have been reading a lot of messages on this board about how difficult it is to get accepted into the JJC nursing program and that has me very concerned. I really only have 3 yrs, maybe 4, that I can attend school full-time so I'm concerned that once I complete my pre-req's, I may not be accepted into the JJC nursing program. I am not sure how long it would take to get in. The counselor told me it takes 3 1/2 yrs to complete it there. So I am wondering if a better approach would be to attend a BSN program where it will take 4 yrs, but I will definitely be a nurse after 4 yrs. I would prefer to go thru an ADN program and then continue on to a BSN later. I need to have some control over how long this process will take. I'm afraid I will spend the time getting my pre-req's out of the way only to find that I can't get accepted to the JJC nursing program for a few years. Is that possible?
I appreciate any input. I am overwhelmed and can't seem to get a straight, helpful answer from the JJC counselor. I have no idea how I will do any of this. It's hard enough in itself just being a mom to twins or
returning to school at 40 yrs old. I have no idea how I can do both. I really want to use the next 2-3 yrs to get an education that will allow me a career and not just a "job". I don't want to start all of this only to find out that I won't be able to complete it within 3 yrs.