Hi there fellow pre-nursing students :wink2: . I wanted to get some opinions please. I am 36, fairly recently divorced and have two younger school age children. I am wanting to get back into nursing school
(I was a nursing major several years back). I am trying to decide which path to take and wanted to get some advice and opinions here to see what others thought or would do. Okay, basically, I have completed all my prereq's required for one community college ADN RN program I am applying at from when I was a nursing major a long while back, and they accepted all those prereq's. I just need to take a CNA class and take a pre entrance test as the next steps to get in. That program is a 2 year program, but one nice thing is I have all my electives done and it would be straight nursing classes.
I am also looking at another university program that is an Accelerated BSN program that is very strong on nursing research (which I am interested in). I have two more prereq's to take for that program, AND they might not accept my science prereq's I have already taken because of the length of time since I took the classes. I am not sure, they will have to look at everything and different factors before they accepted those prereq's, which they might not. That program is 15 months.
Other factors are cost of tuition. Because I am already a college graduate I can only get so much in loans. I am not planning on working full time while in nursing school. The community college tuition rates are more affordable for me. I am thinking the Accelerated BSN program at the university might have hospitals that will contract to help with tuition as long as the graduate works for the hospital for a period of time, but I'm not too sure I want to be tied to that particular city for two years or more after graduation. I guess two years goes by fast though.
Any thoughts or input would be appreciated.
Sep 12, '06
Thanks for your helpful reply. That is something to consider with my having children, the intensiveness of the different programs. I had thought about the BSN program being more time consuming with papers, research, etc. When you are single with children those things are definitely a factor. I need to be realistic about what I am able to do without being pulled too thin with going to nursing school
, being a single mother, etc. Thanks for bringing that up and your input. I really wanted to hear outside opinions to give me things to look at and think about.
One thing I am noticing on here is so many seem to already have degrees and now going back to complete a nursing program, it's good to know I'm not the only one! It's nice to have had accomplished getting a Bachelor's degree, but I definitely should have gotten something with an actual job market. I have always had a regret for not finishing my nursing school, and now here I find myself in an uphill climb to get back in to a nursing school. I have always had an intrigue and respect for the nursing profession, and I hope to, Lord willing, complete that goal of being a nurse like I first wanted to do. I am currently a medical transcriptionist and I am just really eager to go on back to nursing school and be more hands on involved in medical care. I am also trying to think aside from the frustration of giving up an opportunity, that perhaps now I will be a better nursing student and better nurse just from life experiences and maturity. Boy, if I do get in somewhere I will definitely have more appreciation. I was just accepted in right out of high school, no problem, back then. Also, I guess it's not all totally lost, at least that one school is going to accept those prereq's I worked so hard on back then.
Last edit by cajjj on Sep 12, '06