Quote from gardiner59
Thanks xtine618 for the good information! I've heard positive information about Galen, but it is very expensive, no? The full time issue is not a concern, but I'm wondering if you worked while doing your LPN/RN? I'm looking at about $7,000 for the associates degree (RN) from JCC versus about $30,000 for the LPN/RN from Galen, with UofL somewhere in between. What can justify this large difference in cost. Is it easier to get into Galen? I know they start classes more frequently. Is JCC's program just crummy?
I can't give very much info on JCC's program, but I think Gabriella gave you some good insight. I didn't work for the first 6 months of the LPN program b/c I had been out of school for almost 10 years and felt that I should probably give it my undivided attention until I felt more comfortable with being back in school. I think once you get a feel for how the classes are done you might decide that you can handle working and going to school at the same time. I knew a few people who did this and they are graduating with me in October!
It is much easier to work during the RN program b/c lots of students get their LPN license and you can work PRN (as needed). Especially if you have completed pre-reqs already. You can also go to school part-time if you absolutely need to work fulltime. I had already done English, A/P, and math. The only classes I had besides nursing classes was ethics and micro. So not too bad.
I went to Galen b/c they have a good reputation for LPNs (the RN program was brand new when I started). Also b/c I didn't want to be put on a waiting list to start. I had to decide if it was going to cost more money to graduate sooner from an expensive school and get a great job afterwards, or wait up to 2 years to get accepted to a less expensive school, but also waiting 2 years after that to start working as an RN (hopefully that made sense to you). I haven't regretted it yet. Granted, my financial aid re-payment will be more expensive but I plan to keep going to school and get my BSN and Masters so I can keep defferring the payments.
Galen does have a good program and I think you should apply there just in case. They may tell you that you can start as early as the end of October! But whatever you do, don't go to Spencerian. I have only heard horror stories from there! Feel free to send more questions about Galen!