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    I'm currently a pre-nursing student. After all my pre-reqs are done I have to option of graduating from a community college Nursing program or transferring to a University to get a BSN. I don't know what to do!
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    Hi. Community college is a lot cheaper and most of the time you can transfer to get your BSN after you get your ADN.
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    it's cheaper at a community college (not easier, don't let the price tag fool you.) and at the end you take the same NCLEX. then get the RN job and most of the time, the job will help you pay for school so you can get the BSN while working.
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    Look into the schools and see who has the better program. I currently go to a community college. The one I am going to has one of the best nursing programs in my area. My friend is in it now and she was telling me how when she was doing her clinicals, the workers at the hospital she was going too said they loved getting the students from our school because they are so much more educated than the other schools.
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    Quote from LaVanawayj
    I'm currently a pre-nursing student. After all my pre-reqs are done I have to option of graduating from a community college Nursing program or transferring to a University to get a BSN. I don't know what to do!
    True, it is cheaper to do the ADN program, and honestly, the two-year programs get a few more clinical hours. That being said, most hospitals now are requiring a BSN, which does make for a more well-rounded nurse overall. Our hospitals won't hire too many ADN's any longer, or they will give them a set timeframe to get their BSN finished before the job is secure.
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    I don't know your geographic location, but recently when researching what nursing school I wanted to attend I phones the DON at various LTC facilities and hospitals in my area (Michigan).

    I was told more than once that for MY area:

    1) Oakland Community College turned out the very best nurses.
    2) That Oakland Community College turned out better medical students across the board than any other school in SE Michigan (including nurses, medical assistants, respiratory therapists, etc).
    3) That the community colleges in the area (Oakland, Macomb and Wayne Counties) ALL turned out better nurses than the universities (Oakland University specifically mentioned).

    This is just what was told to me by the DONs in the area (who were quite happy to speak with an aspiring student btw), not my personal opinions.

    HTH
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    Either way, we all take the same NCLEX exam.
    I honestly wouldn't bother going to a university to get LVN...really pointless since it's like the lowest branch of nursing. I don't think most universities even have an LVN program.
    Unless you're going for your MSN or NP, don't bother going to a university.
    Community college or private school is your best bet for LVN/RN/MSN


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