I applied to the Collin College ADN program for fall 2013 entry. I made A's in A&P I and II, Micro, and Statistics. I got all of my immunizations....( I even finally quit smoking 6 months ago...mostly for me and sort of for this) I got the letter two days ago, denied.
My GPA was not competitive for this cohort. I have been in college for a while now, I can only afford (financially and time wise)to take one or two classes a semester. I work full time. So far I have earned an associated degree in science with a 3.1 overall GPA. I know I need a change, I want a professional career that combines my interest in science and medicine with a salary that allows me to continue my education perhaps in something arts and science related . Nursing seems financially attainable in a reasonable amount of time, rewarding, and perfect!
so I buckled down and worked hard and aced my Pre reqs; I have a 4.0 (on the first try). With the other courses Collin was considering psychology, lifespan psych, sociology, composition 1, I have 3.8. I thought I had good odds. Guess not.
I had hoped that after being accepted into a program I should apply for a student loan and go full time ( like I have always wanted ).
now the clock is ticking ...
I know I can apply to Collin again in July, but I have been thinking and searching the internet. should I even go for this ADN program? $5,000 doesn't seem too bad but to get the BSN it's an additional $7k
Maybe I should enroll in TWU's bachelor of science in nursing program
? they say 4 years but it seems like with the 90 something credit hours I have under my belt it, would be less. I have to finish chemistry (I'm taking it now) and Nutrition (already enrolled for the summer) for TWU's program. Their website states about 12k for 9 months, It seems like going there will cost twice as much 24k= 2 years (guessing).
I am starting to think maybe I should look into something else anyway.. I am artistic and creative .... but I really enjoy learning about science... I need a stable rewarding career. I was so looking forward to this and now I am so disappointed.
does anyone have thoughts on how to pick a program?
advice about loans? ( apply before or after I am accepted, how much should i ask for for living expenses, where do I go to get one where I wont be buried alive in debt?)