college or trade school -- your opinion needed

  1. instead of making two posts, i'm going to combine it.

    first off, i'm wondering about which is better (in which ever way) when it comes down to choosing a college or a trade school for nursing(rn). what's you opion(s) on it? which one have you choosen? why? etc. second off, i can't seem to even be able to search / get information sent to me about trade schools in new york city. if you know any sites specifically for trades, that have schools in manhattan, i'd be very grateful. i've only seem to have come across ittech, gibbs, the online trade schools which i haven't heard wonderfully about. your thoughts, please.
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   sjb2005
    Hi and welcome to allnurses. I am sorry, I can't help with info on NY but I say go to college and get a BSN...not trade school.
  4. by   Jessy_RN
    Not sure about trade school either. I chose a private college......reason? No waiting list, limited size classroom, 1 on 1 assistance, tutoring available, etc. It is not a university, but so far love it there.
  5. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    I would go to a college or university, and not a trade school.

    Many trade schools are extremely expensive, and their credits do not transfer.


    Good luck with whatever you decide.
  6. by   jessica56
    I was in your position a couple years ago and I choose to go to a private university that is well known for their nursing program. My cousin did not have the money and good grades to get scholarships like I did and she choose to go to a nursing trade school and got a LPN. In my own experiences I would diffenitly go to a university of college and get your BSN or a Master's. Depending on the money available I think that private university like the one I am at are the best-we have private tutoring, we have are own nursing lab with everything you could imagine in it and extremely small class sizes so your professors know you by name and really get into your education and help. So please if it is within means, Go to a University!:chuckle
  7. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from jessica56
    I was in your position a couple years ago and I choose to go to a private university that is well known for their nursing program. My cousin did not have the money and good grades to get scholarships like I did and she choose to go to a nursing trade school and got a LPN. In my own experiences I would diffenitly go to a university of college and get your BSN or a Master's. Depending on the money available I think that private university like the one I am at are the best-we have private tutoring, we have are own nursing lab with everything you could imagine in it and extremely small class sizes so your professors know you by name and really get into your education and help. So please if it is within means, Go to a University!:chuckle
    Yes, this is how my college is as well. It is nice when the instructors know you by name
  8. by   FoxyRoxy21
    I would chose College. Get your BSN then go for your MSN. But, in the end it's what works for you and what's best.
  9. by   Georgiana*
    Quote from Fun2Care
    I would go to a college or university, and not a trade school.

    Many trade schools are extremely expensive, and their credits do not transfer.


    Good luck with whatever you decide.
    that little bit of information helped a lot. i did not know that their credits dont transfer. i'm knew to all of this, trying to gather load sums of information at one time, but thank you so much.

    & everyone else who gave their opinions, i appreciate it a whole lot. i figured college would be the better choice anyways, just wanted to get all the information i could. thanks for your time.

    any more opinions would still be appreciated.
  10. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Don't get me wrong, some of the tech schools may have transferable classes. That is something to ask, but ask the local colleges around you!! I wouldn't rely on the tech school to give you an answer for this.

    If you call the local colleges where you may want to go in the future, they will tell you if that particular school accepts credits from 'XYZ Tech School'.

    If not, you may end up having to retake classes at the college when you go to further your education.

    Good luck! :hatparty:


    Quote from Georgiana*
    that little bit of information helped a lot. i did not know that their credits dont transfer. i'm knew to all of this, trying to gather load sums of information at one time, but thank you so much.

    & everyone else who gave their opinions, i appreciate it a whole lot. i figured college would be the better choice anyways, just wanted to get all the information i could. thanks for your time.

    any more opinions would still be appreciated.
  11. by   luvmy2angels
    I chose to go to a trade school, i am getting my LPN for now and then will do a home study to get my RN. I don't think there are any trade schools for your RN, just your LPN. I think if you want to get your RN you need to go to a college. I know the trade school I go to won't transfer any of my credits, but they have a contract with one of the local hospitals that has their own RN program and they will accept us after we finish our LPN training. A lot of the students in my class will attending that college after we are done here.
  12. by   Georgiana*
    Quote from Fun2Care
    Don't get me wrong, some of the tech schools may have transferable classes. That is something to ask, but ask the local colleges around you!! I wouldn't rely on the tech school to give you an answer for this.

    If you call the local colleges where you may want to go in the future, they will tell you if that particular school accepts credits from 'XYZ Tech School'.

    If not, you may end up having to retake classes at the college when you go to further your education.

    Good luck! :hatparty:
    i actually haven't even found any trade schools for nursing(rn) to discuss, but if found i will go and find out the details. i need the luck, i'm swamped with everything. thank you!
  13. by   Georgiana*
    Quote from luvmy2angels
    I chose to go to a trade school, i am getting my LPN for now and then will do a home study to get my RN. I don't think there are any trade schools for your RN, just your LPN. I think if you want to get your RN you need to go to a college. I know the trade school I go to won't transfer any of my credits, but they have a contract with one of the local hospitals that has their own RN program and they will accept us after we finish our LPN training. A lot of the students in my class will attending that college after we are done here.
    that would it explain it. i assumed they had trade school for nursing(rn) cause i knew they had trade schools for nursing, period. this information was very helpful, thank you. good luck with your lpn and rn!

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