So I have 2 acceptances for fall. This is more a question of debt vs no debt? I'm planning on getting my MSN (specifically midwifery) and have a prior non-nursing bachelor's degree. I have 6+ years doula experience and I work as a patient care tech in labor and delivery. I'm planning on applying to midwifery school as soon as possible (it varies for different programs as to when I'm qualified to apply- so that's a variable)
First, an accelerated BSN program. I'd graduate summer of 2012. It's $35,000 that I'd have to borrow all of, but I have no other debt. It's a private hospital affiliated program, and I work at this hospital. Fully accredited, and my OB clinical supervisor is a midwife I have a relationship with. Another instructor happens to ALSO be a lay midwife who was at my 4th child's birth, and is a homebirth midwife who is pretty well known. Her work at the college as an instructor is mainstream maternal care. Additionally, a midwife who was an apprentice at my first child's birth has offered to be my preceptor for my last semester elective- essentially an intern type situation. Everything about the quality of these experiences is very exciting. They also have very expensive SIM labs, and state of the art facilities. Class sizes in lecture are about 24, clinicals about 8.
Second, a community college ADN program. I'd graduate summer 2013. It's $5,000 per year but I could pay cash. I'd have to do additional schooling (bridge or BSN) in order to start a midwifery program. This puts me graduating as midwife at LEAST 2 years further out. This program gets sloppy seconds for clinicals- could be anywhere any shift. I also, however, work at this college. (Faculty member for 17 years...so, I know the instructors, for good or bad. They don't do the last semester elective, so no chance of working with my midwife as a preceptor, I'll just graduate and then have to get the extra experiences on my own. Upside- my job would pay for $1200 per year in return for a year of service. I'd be locked in - but this program has an amazing schedule. 1 evening per week plus clinicals every other weekend. I have 4 children, so this would be the best fit PERIOD.
Midwife school is expensive, so it's not only the cost of the BSN, but also the additional cost of the MSN. This "could" be offset by entering the workforce 2 years EARLIER as a midwife - making the financial issues a little muddier.
So, besides my personal preference (the accelerated BSN would win) and the cost issue (the CC would win) and getting to work with a few really great faculty (the BSN would win) and maybe even factoring in the issue of additional schooling....but the schedule of the CC is such a plus.... I'm feeling like the BSN would be better for me as a nurse, but the CC better for me as a wife and mother, and the debt concerns me.
What else am I missing? Are there other factors I've not considered??