Hi everyone. I would sincerely appreciate it if those 'in the know' about OCC's nursing programs could assist me with my decision.
So, I did not get into the ADN RN program for fall of 2011. I had a 3.824 gpa in the prerequisite courses required for the ADN RN program.
Here is my basic dillemna. I don't know whether to go for the LPN program or try again for the ADN program.
Here is why I am thinking so hard about this, and please shed light on this if you can:
- The timeline for the LPN program, and then the transitional LPN to RN program. From my basic understanding after looking at the brochures on the OCC website, if I were to apply for the next LPN program and get in, the LPN program would start in January of 2012 and then end in Marchishof 2013. The bridge program from LPN to RN would start in like July of 2013 and then end in December of 2014. Did I get the timeline right?
- retake the three prerequisite courses that were not straight A's (for me this would be A and P 1 that I originally had a B in, Eng comp 2 and american government that were both A - grades).
- applying for the ADN RN program for fall of 2012. My understanding of the timeline of that, is that I would start in fall of 2012 and then be complete in may of 2014. Plus, if by any miracle they did have the accelerated program next application cycle, it would be even faster for a start date of May of 2012 and an end date of august/september of 2013.
So I would still be done with my RN degree faster (accelerated or not) if I waited for the ADN RN program versus starting the LPN program right? This makes me want to wait for the ADN RN program instead of doing LPN. However, I am itching to start, and the thought of being able to start in January versus having to wait until next year september (possibly may) to begin the ADN RN program...well I want to start nursing school.
I hate this! I wish I had just gotten in. There's nothing I can do about the past, and I am trying to focus on what I can do now instead of crying lol.
My biggest concerns, if anyone can shed any light on them:
- I remember reading something on these boards awhile ago about the transitional program being offerred like only on even years or something? Which would mean that it wouldn't be offerred to start in 2013? Or was it odd years? or am I just confused?
As far as I know, Bridge to RN program offers only 'EVEN' year. So it will start June or July 2012, 2014, 2016...
If I were you, I would try to put yourself in any of OCC or any school nursing program. Just to feel the hack of it! This year LPN program at OCC, I know few people have dropped out of the program. Some people included myself struggled with Pharmacology. We just started in school clinical last week, let me tell you. It's not a piece of cake! All the energy and money involved!
LPN is not a bad start. It's 99% identical as RN. All of the instructors I have so far said the same.
I was in your situation last year too. I have all my prereq for RN done. I retook some of the classes that I have B+ and A- just to re boost my GPA and now my GPA for RN is same as yours. However, I am already in the LPN school.
My suggestion is 'RELAX', there are other options for you to choose. Again, If I were you, I would try to get into LPN, just to see if you like the nursing or not. You will know how it like in a nursing school. I don't like to wait. I know if I get my LPN cert. in hand. I can start working as a LPN and if I get hired anywhere. I can continue my education later on.
Now, a nursing school is tough and it's a very difficult hand-on profession. I have never known it until I am in the school myself. Now I feel every nursing student's pain! (not even a single of opioids can help! LOL).
Good luck to you with your decision!
Last edit by JaaaeyRN on Mar 13, '11