I graduated from Beckfield in 2008. An individual I work with graduated from Beckfield in 2009, and is in the military reserve. Neither of us can work at the VA, b/c Beckfield was not, at the time, NLN accredited. I am an ex-Federal employee (twice) & I loved & adored working at the VA in a non-nurse capacity. Graduating from a non-NLN accreditred school can also impact where you can get your BSN. I positively WILL NOT get my BSN from Beckfield; too many "growing pains" in their program getting my Associate from them; I do not wish to be their guinea pig for a BSN.
I went to Beckfield b/c at the time, Cincinnati State had a 2 year plus waiting list, and Beckfield said I could start in a few months, and Christ Hospital's program was $260/credit hour - gasp! (Beckfield was $253 at the time) In hindsight, I should have bitten the bullet and paid the money. I did not know that NLN accreditation was important, I just thought that if you passed NCLEX, you were a nurse.
Wish I'd gone to Christ. They keep raising the tuition at Beckfield, current students were not grandfathered in at the original tuition rate, people kept having their check/loans altered b/c of the rate increases, and oh hey, guess what . . . don't know if the other nursing programs
are using this, but now you get to pay for some type of e-book netbook program, whether you want it or not. Like I had to pay for a Palm Pilot I never used, & finally gave away to the little boy next door.
If you can afford it, try Northern Kentucky, University if Cincinnati, etc and get into their Bachelor's program. If you want to work in a hospital in Northern KY, St. Elizabeth owns everything. I've heard good things about Raymond Walters, but I wouldn't know anything about tuition or wait list info. Is moving to Dayton out of the question? Surely there are other schools more suitable.
Best of luck to you. Nursing is a worthwhile profession and seriously, a lot of fun. You will be challenged, you'll have to think, and people are a hoot! There are so many different types of nursing to get into. I never regretted being a STNA & doing home health - I always had hours. Please keep moving forward. You WILL go to nursing school and you WILL graduate.