I'm just curious as to the experience current students or grads of the Charlotte ECPI campus had. I have an appointment with a recruiter tomorrow evening. The school is close to me, and the appeal of evening classes and a 14 mo. program is drawing me in, but I'm also very afraid of the quality of the education I'll receive and how employable I will be upon graduation.
I am a 34 yr old divorced mother of two. I've been doing home daycare for 10 years and I want to get into nursing. I cannot afford to take the years to go through an RN program. We live paycheck to paycheck and money is painfully tight. I'm looking for a fastrack to a career that I will feel good about and that will support my family.
Due to cost, I would much prefer to take classes at a community college such as Rowan-Cabarras, but there are all the pre-req's I'll have to take plus the CNA course and even then, no guarantee that I'll get in. I don't want to do all that and then not get in before the time limit on the pre-req classes would be up. Also, I 'd like to be practicing before my children graduate! They're 10 & 12.
Also, can an LPN's salary in the Charlotte area comforably support a family of 3? I know I will get some sort of financial aid, but I have no idea how much. Does anyone know of special programs for single moms? My kids are on medicaid, and while we would probably qualify for food stamps, we're not receiving any other assistance.
I know an LPN's hours are all over the place. I actually like the idea of working 3 or 4 days a week at 12 hr days. I currently work 6 days a week; M-F typically being 11 hours and Sundays being 4 hours and I barely make $20,000/yr. This year has been espcially hard, so it's likely even less.
Considering the entire cost of a community college program, with the pre-req courses, cna classes and everything, is there that much of a difference in cost? Realistically, does anyone know how much I should plan to spend out of pocket at ECPI? If it ends up being $10,000, or more, is it worth it to get into the field that much sooner and begin paying?
At this point in my life, I don't have time for failure, so I HAVE to make this work. Thanks!