Alright I'm in need of some help and opinions,
Well I am leaving the military soon and returning to Michigan. Being a husband and father, providing for my family is priority number 1. But it wasn't until recently that I finally realized what want to do (or at least a general idea which is a big step since I've been clueless on what I want to do for a career).
First let me say that I will not be able to use my GI bill for school (long story... nothing bad just a deceptive recruiter) so all my schooling will be paid thru financial aid and loans.
Being the sole provider while my wife goes to school has put the burden of being a "working student" on my shoulders. I have no problem pulling this off mainly because I REFUSE to let myself get stuck in a minimum wage dead end job without an education.
After speaking to a "Life consultant" trying to figure where I fit in the world, I decided I love to help, and make a difference in peoples lives and also I have a great leadership ability. Combining these things naturally brought me to healthcare administration. Now with most administrator jobs out there requiring a bachelors and the real money is with a masters, I cant afford to work on minimum wage (or close to it), support a family, and go to school for 4-6 years or longer. Not to mention if I did go that route I would be entering the healthcare industry with a bachelors/masters degree and ZERO experience.
So decided to adapt,
I grew up in a family of nurses, so it dawned on me that maybe I should give that a try, and this fits into my "life plan" two ways,
1) Obtaining an Associates will get me into a stable career much faster
2) I can continue school while working as an RN and follow the healthcare admin route if I'm still interested AND I will be gaining experience in the Healthcare industry.
Plus there is a very real chance that I will enjoy being a nurse and just further my education in the nursing field.
Now I know the 2 year program can be more like 4 but I SHOULD have majority of my pre-reqs done before I return (which is in a month or so) because I can CLEP out of almost all of them under HFCC's program (and really any other community colleges pre reqs i can clep out of).
The questions I have are,
Does this seem like a realistic plan?
What south east Michigan community college has the best nursing program?
Whats the likeliness of getting hired with only an associates degree in these times?
Any other info, tips, advice is greatly appreciated.