Quote from BSNtobe2009
When I am finished with my education I'll have about $6,000 spent in tuition total for the BSN from getting an ASN first at a CC.
I absolutely refuse to have more student debt (or even close) to a full year salary. Because in the end, they don't pay more for you no matter where you graduated from.
I got through ASN school with no debt, even though we were poor while I was doing it. But I'm proud to be able to say I'm not paying off student loans. And right now we have a combined income that allows us to use an extra (really good chunk of money) a month. So we were figuring we could pay Vandy off in less than a year, but I realize it is stupid to pay that kind of money of you can do it cheaper some other way.
I was attracted to Vanderbilt's program because it was a year in length and the clinicals are not only just 4-5 days a month on campus, but the school isn't far away.
I was blown away by their ASN to MSN track though (~26k first year, 37K second year). I am literally a few courses away from a BSN (I have all the prerequisites done) so why wouldn't I at least get the BSN a much cheaper route (Excelsior College).
I was considering if I spent 37k on Vanderbilt's one year program where I have few travel expenses how would that compare in the overall picture to spending two years in a traditional program, driving back and forth to school every day and the other expenses incurred with that?
I checked into Pioneer School of Midwifery and Family Nursing and I really liked what I saw from the website, but it looks like they are pricey, too, and from what I can see, with the two years it takes to get through that program (unless I'm wrong) there isn't a tremendous amount of difference between the price of that and the price of Vandy.
But I agree, cheap is better. I'm all for no school debt. Just weighing the options.