So Confused! Programs hard to get into
- 0Apr 2, '07 by Rtkam#1 user profilertkam vbmenu_register("postmenu_2139507", true);
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i'm looking into nursing as a second career, and am starting my pre-reqs at portland community college... they have a nursing lottery to enter the asn program, so my questions are these:
1. once i'm done with my pre-reqs in a year and apply to the asn at the comm. college, if i don't get in, what would you recommend i do?
i'm 31 with 2 children under 6.
2. does anyone recommend going for a lpn diploma, work and do the lpn-rn bridge instead of sitting around waiting for entry into asn?
3. should i just bite the bullet and transfer my pre-reqs and get into university nursing school and get a bsn... the only issue i have with this route is the time it takes to get a bsn. i have a master's in communication, and don't want to spend 3-4 years in school!!
we don't have an accelerated bsn program locally in portland, or, i think.
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- 0Apr 3, '07 by khazel2002I would recommend applying everywhere you possibly can.
Both Linfield (Portland Campus) and University of Portland have accelerated programs for RN-to-be's who already have a previous Bachelor's degree in another field.
I just graduated from Linfield, and liked the program, and have heard good things about U of P as well.
- 0Sep 12, '07 by studentmom2007You sound JUST like me!! I am 32, with kids aged 2 1/2 and 7 months and I have a bachelor's in communications! I am taking A&P 2 this fall to apply in January at PCC. I would try at Linfield but it's soooooo expensive! So is UP. I would try for the AEM up program at UP, but I don't know if we'll still be living in Portland 3 years from now.
- 0Sep 12, '07 by studentmom2007I'm fully aware of the wait, and I am willing to do it. This is something I know for sure I want to do. I'm really not in a rush, but the sooner the better would be great!
I have heard some conflicting info about the lotteries, esp at PCC. A friend of mine worked with an advisor at PCC and was told that the higher GPA's get put into a smaller lottery and if you have a previous bachelor's you get into another smaller lottery. Kind of like, the more "credentials" you have the better your chances.
Whatever the case, I am going to apply and see what happens. I will keep taking support courses and I may look into the accelerated program at OHSU. The only problem is my bachelor's GPA is kind of weak. My GPA at PCC so far is 3.8.
- 0Sep 13, '07 by SpudIDI'm looking into Nursing as a second career, and am starting my pre-reqs at Portland Community College... they have a Nursing Lottery to enter the ASN program, so my questions are these:
1. Once I'm done with my pre-reqs in a year and apply to the ASN at the Comm. College, if I don't get in, what would you recommend I do?
Apply to everything. That is what I did. I was accepted to 4 local programs my first year.
2. Does anyone recommend going for a LPN diploma, work and do the LPN-RN bridge instead of sitting around waiting for entry into ASN? I think, an LPN takes 1 year, a RN takes 2 years and my BSN took 18 mo. (accelerated program). Most hospitals (At least OHSU and LHS, do not take LPNs but many function independently in geriatric facilities.)
3. Should I just bite the bullet and transfer my pre-reqs and get into University Nursing school and get a BSN... the only issue I have with this route is the time it takes to get a BSN. I have a Master's in Communication, and don't want to spend 3-4 years in school!! By the time you do your prerequ, it is usually 1 year, full-time (stats, 1 yr chem, 1 yr A&P, 1 psych class, 1 speech, etc...) at least 18 mo-2 years ASN/BSN.
We don't have an accelerated BSN program locally in Portland, OR, i think. I believe Linfield, OHSU, U of P. I did Linfield's accelerated BSN program. I was accepted to OHSU's accelerated BSN and accelerated CNM Midwifery program and Clark Community College ASN when I was going to nursing school. Hope that helps. I think that some new schools like George Fox and Concordia have started straight 4 year programs but I am unsure.