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I have a couple of questions if someone could possibly answer them for me. I was considering attending Everest but I was wondering....
1.) How is the cost tooken care of ( Financial aid, loans(what kind), monthly payments etc.)
2.) With a schedule from 9-5, even if you get out early and with studying how could I work, or make money, I still have bills.
Any suggestions for that)
3.) And when you finish, if they don't get a bridge program, what would you do next, I don't want to stop at LPN
(oh and what is ADN)
I'm just really kind of inpatient, I'm at OCC (Oakland Community College) and there waiting list is long as (well u get the point) I just really don't want to waste anymore time but I want someone to help me make things more clear. I was thinking about going to Ohio for class but the drive, traffic, blah blah. HEEEELLPPP! I'm just unsure.
Hi there. I'm currently also at OCC (finishing up the EMT program) and most of the way through getting admitted to Everest for January, so I have had a lot of these same questions. I also taught there (Everest, not OCC) in another program for several years, so I have some familiarity with how they do things.
Everest has the same Federal financial options as other schools as far as Pell grants, subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford loans, Sallie Mae private loans, other private loans, etc, as well as some specific state and local agency funding, if you qualify. They also have various payment plans if you need to pay some/all of it in cash. If you are willing to cough up that much dough, they will find a way for you to pay. Some of the payment plans are deferrable until you finish school, just like the federal loans are.
Work is definitely tough. It would be nearly impossible to work a standard full-time job while doing this. I do medical transcription at home and will work some weekend shifts as an EMT while I go through, but even that will be a stretch.
There are lots of LPN-RN bridge programs (and even a few LPN-BSN). Occ lets LPNs take the second year of their nursing school once prerequisites are done, and I don't think there is even a wait. Other schools do this as well, or you could always do Excelsior (see the Distance Learning Forum for all kinds of info). I have no plans to stay an LPN for very long, not that it is not an important job but I want the flexibility and higher pay of an RN, and also plan to finish my BSN and do graduate school. If I cannot get into OCC or another CC LPN bridge for 2009, I will do Excelsior.