I am hoping that some of you can give me advice based on my given situation and my life. I am a non-traditional "future" college student, hoping to obtain my RN in the best way possible for my family.
Approximately 6.5 years ago, I put my education on hold when my husband returned home from a deployment and we got stationed in Kansas. Shortly after getting to his duty station, I became pregnant with our first child. Since then, I lived the life as a Military wife and mom, leaving little to no room for my education. It was very difficult with the constant traveling, transferring of credits, etc.
After almost a decade of living that life, my husband is retiring from the Military and we are moving back home to the Philadelphia area by the end of this year/beginning of next. I am looking for programs in the Philadelphia area (either BSN or ASN/ADN, whichever is better for my situation) to attend once we are finally home and settled.
I know about CCP, but I have a little "dilemma" with them. I attended CCP for one semester while my husband was deployed. It turned out that the day that he was due home from deployment, I had two finals scheduled. I notified my professors before hand. The first professor claimed to be supportive and said that I could take it after the fact. The second professor told me that that wasn't an excuse to miss the final and I had to take it. To me, that should be a valid excuse. I didn't want to not take it. I just wanted to take it before or after the rest of the class. Any way, I didn't go and take my final. My second professor gave me an F. I emailed the first professor the night after my husband returned. I even called him. He never got back to me, also resulting in an F. I took four classes at CCP that semester. I received two A's and two F's. I was on the track of getting a B in my one class and a C in the other, but after missing the finals, I failed. My GPA with them is now approximately a 1.85, which I already know is no where near good enough for their nursing program.
Before becoming an Army wife and while traveling as one, I attended school as much as possible. I am "almost" ready for a nursing program. So far, I have...
1. English 101 (3 credits)
2. English 102 (3 credits)
3. Psychology 101 (3 credits)
4. Sociology 101 (3 credits)
5. Interpersonal Communications (3 credits)
6. Ethics (3 credits)
7. Intermediate Algebra (3 credits)
8. General Biology & Lab (4 credits)
9. Child Development (3 credits)
10. Nutrition (3 credits)
11. Anatomy & Physiology & Lab 101 (4 credits)
12. Anatomy & Physiology & Lab 102 (4 credits)
*Before going to a nursing program, I know that I need Chemistry with its lab component and Microbiology with its lab component.
What do you suggest that I do? Are there any schools that you would recommend? Should I go for my ASN/ADN or my BSN? Eventually, I want to be able to get my MSN. So I know that it is a long road ahead, but I also have my family and education to balance.
Thank you for any help!
Apr 3, '13
Try LaSalle (my alma mater), Drexel, Holy Family, Jefferson in Philadelphia, Widener, Villanova, West Chester in Philly Suburbs for BSN.
Philly metro area has about a dozen hospital and overlying health systems (big hospital health systems that support community hospitals) that are Magnet...I suggest going for the Gold and get your BSN...even non-magnet hospitals prefer BSNs, and they are hiring BSNs before ADNs (or not at ALL).
I highly recommend LaSalle or Holy Family if you plan to work...LaSalle has a program catered to working professionals, for two years straight of nursing courses, named the ACHIEVE program.
I also considered Drexel's program, which has a co-op component, which allows you to work on a nursing unit for a semester. They also have great post-baccalaureate courses and an DNP program.
Each of the programs I listed were based on your current coursework you completed, which matches well with most of their requirements. You still have at least 4 classes to go...If you want to bypass CCP, you can take these courses at the university. If you are concerned about cost, I wonder if you still qualify for assistance under your husbands GI bill. Research scholarships from the school, the government like the HRSA, and other private entities, as well as government funding.
Research and go for the GOLD!!! Good luck!!
Last edit by LadyFree28 on Apr 3, '13