I am sooo confused right now. I am going to STLCC Meramec at the moment...just doing pre-reqs. I will be on the waiting list there after the upcoming Spring semester when I finish Chemistry. But an advisor told me I won't get in until Fall 2010 or Spring 2011. I want my BSN so am debating between going to Meramec and working while I get my BSN or just getting the BSN right away.
There are so many nursing schools in and around St. Louis. SLU, UMSL, Mizzou, SIUe, STLCC, Chamberlain, Barnes Jewish, SEMO...the list goes on and on...I do not know w hat to do!
And then a lot of them have different pre-reqs...
Anyway, I am looking at UMSL mainly. I think I could get in for Spring 2010. It's my understanding that they don't have a wait list and go by GPA. If I am done with all my pre-reqs, then I will enter a a junior and just have nursing classes, right? Does anyone know if there are a lot of transfer students or have a lot of people started there as freshmen? Does/has anyone gone there...do you like it? Can I schedule an appointment with an advisor, since I don't go there? Then there is the cost of UMSL versus Meramec...does anyone know what the tuition is at UMSL?
Sorry if these are all dumb questions...I'm just trying to figure everything out and decide what to do!
Dec 19, '08
by BeccaznRN, BSN
I am an UMSL grad, and many students (myself included) transfer in at the junior level after completing prereqs elsewhere. I had about a 3.6 GPA and was accepted to the traditional BSN program the first time I applied - and for the very next semester. I chose to do the BSN over the ADN simply because I knew I wanted the BSN and figured I could just get it over with in one shot, especially since the ADN would be two years in school as well.
Many nurses do go for the ADN with plans to return to school for the BSN while working as an RN and taking advantage of tuition reimbursement. However, please remember that you will be working and going to school at the same time, which is a pretty big commitment. I think people seem to forget that - I know many coworkers doing BSN completions and they are only able to take 1 course at a time (stretching the program out to almost 3 years) because they are full-time RNs with families along with other commitments. And it's sometimes REALLY hard to head back to school after one has been out for awhile.
The traditional BSN was way more money, granted, but it was worth every penny for me. And I had a bit of an edge when I was seeking employment as a new grad with a BSN, especially since I was looking in an area that only has ADN programs/grads.
Last edit by BeccaznRN on Dec 19, '08