I am a recent Science graduate from the U of A. I applied to the after degree program for BScN at the U of A, but there may be a chance that I may not gain final admission, which is unfortunate. After speaking with a friend who is a LPN and is planning to go back to school for his RN, I feel like I have a better direction of what to do next year, but would like some input from other students or RN's. As of now, if my after degree does not happen, I can option one, improve my grades for a semester and reapply for the January term at the U of A (potential acceptance). The second option, which my friend with lots of experience recommended to me was if Nursing was really what I was interested in doing, then just go for Grant MacEwan for the four year program with the likelihood of getting transfer credits (as I had done my whole degree in physiology and some pharmacology) and knowing that you will get into a program that is structured well and with great resources. With what my grades are, chances I will be getting into Grant MacEwan and I am just a little smidge away from the U of A AGPA, therefore the potential of getting in is entirely dependent on other students who apply and if I am able to pull off a good semester (which is not the hardest thing in the world with easier classes).
I have been told by a friend in the U of A after degree program that it is poorly organized and crazy and if she had the drive to do it in more years she would go to Grant Mac. I guess my question is that it seems not worth it to me to spend that extra semester to improve my marks, apply, potentially get in and be finished in 2.5 years when I can go straight into nursing at Grant Mac this fall and finish in 3.5 years potentially with transfer credits, when the U of A quality and facilities are not as good as Grant MacEwan.
Let me know what you think. Any advice will be appreciated because I am at a crossroad in my life right now.