I live in Raleigh and there are only three choices for an ABSN- UNC, Duke, and apparently NC Central has a program (although supposedly Central's NCLEX pass rate is not great?) Since I already have a degree it would take much longer to get in and complete an Associates degree. With the economy going so badly I really have started to question whether it is wise to take out loans to Duke because of the job outlook for new grads and disappearance of repayment programs(and who would loan me that kinda money anyway?!!!) I really want to go to UNC-Chapel Hill but I hear they take like 30 people. Who knows how long it would take for me to get in that program if ever. My previous degree is BA English and Linguistics w/French minor GPA 3.82. My prereqs are all A's except for a B+ in Stats. I volunteer at the hospital as a doula.
Should I apply to Duke or just work on getting in to UNC-Chapel Hill eventually?
Is anyone in Duke's program willing to give advice/thoughts about the loans they took out?