Here's The Plan, Here's The Problem. Any Suggestions?

  1. I have a BS in Human Development and have recently applied to nursing school. The plan was to become an RN and then while working, continue my education with the career goal of becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. The trouble is my school has denied my petition for financial aid as I have a Bachelors and I'm looking to get an Associates. Outside of the FAFSA route, I'm at a loss as how to go about applying for grants. Any help on paying for my education would be awesome! Thanks!
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  3. by   CrufflerJJ
    Given that you already have a BS, you might look into accelerated BSN programs in your area. Mine (University of Cincinnati) had scholarships for folks with decent GRE scores.
    Last edit by sirI on Jun 27, '09
  4. by   Rocky09
    Looks like Nevada State College has an accelerated BSN. Hey. Who knows!
  5. by   caliotter3
    I also recommend an accelerated BSN program. I was also a second BS student and could only get loans. Now my school does not accept second degree students at all. You may have to resort to private loans and working your way through school. Good luck.
  6. by   Rocky09
    We find ourselves in an economy far different than any most of us have seen in our life time. Many of us are facing fast changes and adjustments due to job loss and the disappearance of assets and dwindling resources. It is a truism that without advice plans go wrong, but with many advisers they succeed. That's why I'm here. Maybe there are alternatives to traditional Fi-Aid that you fine ladies and gentlemen know about and have experience with. The accelerated BSN suggestion is terrific. In fact, on Wednesday July, 1 I'm going to Nevada State College to meet with an advisor. So, thank you! But I wonder who doesn't work their way through school. I finished up my Bachelors as a Pi Kappa member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda national honors society. And I was a cum laude graduate all while working full time as a chef in a hotel in Las Vegas, married and with three kids. Personally, I'm willing to resort to anything to move forward . . . well, almost anything ;^)
    Last edit by Rocky09 on Jun 29, '09 : Reason: Everything should be edited.
  7. by   Mike A. Fungin RN
    I second what has already been said about taking the ABSN route. Consider an ELMSN program too, if there are any in your area.

    Another thing to consider... you said your goal is to be a nurse practitioner. Nurse practioners have a MSN or a DNP generally. Getting a BSN via an ABSN program or an MSN via a ELMSN program will both get you there faster than the ADN route will.
  8. by   Rocky09
    Thanks Mike!

    There's a program at Cal State Fullerton, an EL MSN program as a matter of fact that may look promising and an ABSN at Regis. I truly appreciate you helping me think outside the box.
    Last edit by Rocky09 on Jun 29, '09
  9. by   Mike A. Fungin RN
    No sweat, I think there's a practical route to registered nursing for anyone, you've just got to find yours. CSU Fullerton has a pretty good reputation too, for what it's worth.