I am currently a rising senior at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA (dont know if you've heard of it lol). I pretty much went to a liberal arts school to figure out what I want to do in life and expose myself to a very broad curriculum. I will graduate with a B.A. in history in Fall 2010 (lost credits for transferring, should of graduated Spring '10). At this point in time I have finally figured out that I want to be in the medical field because I want to help take care of people who need help. An experience I had with my best friend who is a D1 tennis player at school who became injured with a meniscus tear and now has chronic knee problems really showed me what I want to do in life.
I currently have a 3.85 gpa overall and close to a 4.0 in the history major and I was wondering if it matters what school I get my BSN from. Eventually I want to go into a specialized field of nursing such as nurse practioner or maybe CRNA. I do not know right now but nursing school and clinicals should provide some insight (I hope).
The only science classes that I have taken in college were during freshmen year -- Principles of Biology I and II, and General Chemistry I & II. I scored a '5' on my AP Psychology test in high school so I have credit for Into. to Psych. I have done research and most accelerated BSN nursing programs require more prerequisites (Anatomy & Physiology I/II, micro-bio, nutrition, human growth & development, & statistics). I can take human growth and development and statistics next semester in my college and still graduate on time in Fall 2010. I won't be able to get ana/phys & micro-bio done in time.
The only two nursing programs that I found (Us news & world report) that would let me enroll without taking all the prereq's are at NYU and UPenn. I can take all the pre-nursing classing at NYU and it would take 2 1/2 years to graduate (probably less if I do take human growth/development & stat at my school before graduating). For UPenn I can apply & gain admission but will have to take micro-bio before classes begin in Sept 2011 (can do that in a CC somewhere b4 classes begin)..What I liked about UPenn is that they have lots of scholarships and financial aid and a grant for students whose families are low income (works out well for me)..
If I do NOT get into either NYU or UPenn then I have to take the rest of the pre-nursing classes in spring 2011/summer 2011 at community college or somewhere else...wherever it will be cheapest.
However, there is one more option. My college offers a nursing program that's in partnership with St. Luke's Hospital (anyone heard of this program?). The program is accredited by the PA State Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Does it matter if I go to UPenn/NYU or do all the pre-req nursing classes and apply to schools such as Johns Hopkins, Boston College, Georgetown, University of Rochester, Penn State, Northeastern, etc. I definitely plan to go on to a Master's program once I gain some experience working as a RN for a couple of years. Or should I just stay at Moravian College and enter their nursing program after I finish Anatomy/Phys and a couple of other classes at the school.
The problem is that I transferred into this school and cannot get full merit-based aid even though I'm one of the top students here. Transfer students do not get merit based aid. I already owe $30k in loans because I have been going here for two years. Would I have better chances of getting something close to a full ride at other nursing schools if I complete the pre-nursing classes and apply as a 2nd degree student for accelerated BSN. Seems that UPenn students get over 30k and my family is very low income so I should be a shoe-in for that plus I do have good grades so I should be able to get some more merit based aid. However, who knows if I will get in or not, my science grades aren't that stellar since it was freshman year and I had to commute 1.5h to and from school every day and it was very stressful + 1st year of college. Principles of Bio: B and C+, General Chem C and A.
Thanks for your time,