I think having a back up plan is very important! My original plan was to attend a second degree nursing program and at the time I did not realize how difficult that process is. I applied and wasn't accepted the first time and realized how important a back up plan is to keep your sanity!. I decided to get my CNA license and gain some health care experience that way. Soon there after I moved up to become the ward clerk at my place of employment.
My plan was to then go for LPN. The program I was accepted to was a year long and decently priced in case I didn't get into the 2nd degree BSN. I did get into the 2nd degree program but having that backup plan helped me keep a little more sane during the waiting process.
For me, I needed to decide what my ULTIMATE career goal was and to plan a way to get there in various ways. Although some ways would be harder than others, those plans needed to be in place. Just do some research about the various programs in the area, and even check out some schools in Ohio. The University of Toledo has some nursing programs
, as well as schools up Saginaw, Saint Clair Shores Community College, and some other schools that other people may not think about right away, so the waitlists may be shorter and they offer various programs.
I researched a ton of different schools, a ton of different programs and it definitely help me pick a few different back up plans. It looks like you are on the right track! Good luck to you!