I graduated in 2011 with a BS in Biology, Minor Chemistry. I am thinking about applying to nursing programs
in the near future. I have a cumulative 2.6 GPA and ~3.0 prereq GPA (not too good). Since I already have a large amount of student loans from the past, I am thinking about going the ADN route since it is less expensive and also because I am afraid that my GPA is too low to get into a BSN program at this time. My overall goal is to to become a NP.
I am currently employed as a chemical laboratory analyst and I can easily clear 80k/year with this job, but I have no interest in doing this much longer. I feel like I have already wasted 6 years doing something I hate, I want to do something I am passionate about and that actually makes a difference.
Is nursing school a good idea? Does anyone have any advice for me?
Have you considered a PA program? I earned a master's degree before pursing nursing. I would have probably gone a different route had I known better. Right now, you're looking at 6 years minimum. Then you have to consider the changing requirements for NPs to have doctorate degrees. Yes, a PA has to always work under the direction of a MD but so what? Unless you're wanting to open your own practice as an NP, then the work conditions are the same between a PA and NP. PAs truly have no interest in competing with MDs for positioning. With your background, you can complete a PA program in 2 years and be done with it.
What state do you live in because you're talking a serious pay cut just to be an over worked, injury prone nurse. Definitely look into a PA (physician assistant) program. They have the same responsibilities as an NP. You should be able to shadow one just to get an idea of the work. ADDITIONALLY, you probably already have the pre-reqs for a PA program.
Last edit by BKLYNFRANKIE on May 9