Hey, I'm 22 years old, I currently only have 26 college credits, I graduated high school in '07. I've had my CNA certification since Feb '10 and have been working at a local hospital as an NA I for a year now.
I switched my major quite a few times and now I'm ready to get the ball rolling towards a degree in Nursing.
Which would be my best option: Watts school of nursing, which I wouldn't start fulltime until Fall 2012 (I'm not including the MOC semester), and finish in Spring 2014, but rack up a huge amount of debt $40k just for tuition, probably $20k in personal loans (just for an Associates),
OR should I keep going towards local community college gaining pre-reqs and not be able to start until Fall 2013, not finishing until Spring 2015? in FOUR years.
I work fulltime, no I do not have kids, but I do not want to have huge amounts of debt, especially when new grad nurses are not gaurenteed a job. I'm not married and even if I were, I would not allow a husband to be the sole provider so I will work regardless.
Am I wasting time? Should I just start the pre-reqs for UNC chapel hill, which will probably take me two years, and then try to get into the program and finish in 2016 with a BSN?
granted this ALL depends on whether I would be accepted since the competition for slots is sky high at this point.
The CC option would probably be best, but not be finished until FOUR years...which means I'll be a CNA for....four years all the while. UH!!!!!!
What should I do?