So to start off, I'm in the United States Army Reserves and reside in Sacramento, CA. I wanted something to get my foot in the door to medical and the only thing they had to offer was Ophthalmic tech/ Optician. Needless to say, these jobs are rare to land even with experience and everything they require.
Before I joined, I wanted to become a Rn and possibly obtain a BSN, but could not afford to go to school without getting into outrageous debt. Now that I'm in the military, they pay for almost all of my schooling for 3 years and a $40K student loan repayment incentive.
Two of the schools
I'm looking at (Kaplan College and Carrington College) both have LVN programs. Kaplan is only a 12 month program with a tuition of $31K (I only come out of pocket about $3K). They are also military friendly, which in my case as a ophthalmic tech, I do quite a bit of humanitarian missions so them letting me pick up where I left off is a BIG plus. Carrington on the other hand is a 18 month program, which will cost me more from my military benefits and more out of pocket in the long run, they aren't as military friendly as Kaplan, but they have the LVN to RN program.
Now to my questions. Do most hospitals or convalescent homes look at how long the program is at that school and in some way stereotype against tech schools or the duration of the programs? And my other question is do hospitals look at military experience? Giving quality eye care to about 100 patients a day in the poorest Providences in Panama is no easy task so we can perform under pressure.
Any input you may have, please leave feedback. I would greatly appreciate it.
Jul 22, '13
I would look into additional schools, and even into driving or moving to get to a great school.
You may have limited finances, so use the money wisely. I would consider a state school instead of private where you "may" get financial aid also, and you would have enough money to finish your BSN. Also, be sure and get one where you get plenty of hands on, and were they have nursing skills area, and simulation areas where you can practice outside of class. A great tutoring center that actually assists would be great too. The interaction is essential in nursing.
The lvn/lpn route to BSN is a great one, but you don't want to use all of your money on the lvn/lpn and then not be able to continue to the BSN.
Last edit by swansonplace on Jul 22, '13
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Jul 27, '13
I like state schools for the following reasons:
1. Get more education and a higher degree for the money
2. You have enough money to complete the plan
3. You will see the professor live
4. When you finish, the school name will be more recognized
5. You will make more money over the life of the investment vs. a private school with less education.
6. Take a look at the income difference between a medical assistant and BSN. The BSN is a better financial investment given your education is paid for.
I understand the down side of having to move, and not liking the one around you. So go to a different one. or take part of your prereqs online at a state school (being sure the GI bill pays for it) and complete last part where ever you need to go.
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