Does this sound like a workable plan?

  1. Hi everyone!

    First of all, a great big thanks to everyone on this board. At times the information has been overwhelming, but it has definitely been informative to hear the good things and bad things.

    Quickly, after spending the past few months volunteering at an AIDS hospice and being a caregiver for my best friend the last 5 months of her life, I decided that a nursing career is what I want to do. (I hope to someday work in hospice care). But, I would be an older student returning to school. And as such, I'm not too thrilled at the thought of incurring all this student loan debt as I head into my 40's (everything is paid off now) so I decided that any accelerated program is out for me. And I was getting discouraged because alot of nursing programs were in the day only.

    Since I have a BA, I know that the first thing I have to do is take my science prereqs and see if I could even apply for nursing school. (I fully admit that math and science courses were not my strong point in high school and college).

    So here's my plan of attack:

    Take my pre-reqs at a local community college. This should take about 2 years. During those 2 years, I can continue to save money and then worry about applying to nursing school.

    I have a job that has alot of down time built in to the day, so I would have plenty of time to study and do homework. Then if I do get into nursing school, I can worry about finding another job when the time comes.

    Does this sound like a logical approach?
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  3. by   puresass
    i have my BA too & that's exactly what i did too. when i was taking my pre-reqs, my job had A LOT of downtime, so i ended up taking micro & A&P I at the same time & then A&P II & a couple other classes the next semester & i was finished with my pre-reqs in year. it was hard work while i did it, but i was so thankful to have a job where i could study & do schoolwork. it's very do-able! GOOD LUCK!!
  4. by   catzy5
    Quote from CMSNYC
    Hi everyone!

    First of all, a great big thanks to everyone on this board. At times the information has been overwhelming, but it has definitely been informative to hear the good things and bad things.

    Quickly, after spending the past few months volunteering at an AIDS hospice and being a caregiver for my best friend the last 5 months of her life, I decided that a nursing career is what I want to do. (I hope to someday work in hospice care). But, I would be an older student returning to school. And as such, I'm not too thrilled at the thought of incurring all this student loan debt as I head into my 40's (everything is paid off now) so I decided that any accelerated program is out for me. And I was getting discouraged because alot of nursing programs were in the day only.

    Since I have a BA, I know that the first thing I have to do is take my science prereqs and see if I could even apply for nursing school. (I fully admit that math and science courses were not my strong point in high school and college).

    So here's my plan of attack:

    Take my pre-reqs at a local community college. This should take about 2 years. During those 2 years, I can continue to save money and then worry about applying to nursing school.

    I have a job that has alot of down time built in to the day, so I would have plenty of time to study and do homework. Then if I do get into nursing school, I can worry about finding another job when the time comes.

    Does this sound like a logical approach?

    Hi,
    I think it sounds very do able! I was 35 when I started back up too I am 38 now, I started with one math class as math and science not my strong suit either, I then took one more math class and worked like that, concentrating on what I needed to do, I also have 3 kids at home so I had to split my time. I worked really hard and focused on my problem areas and I think it has given me a better foundation to move on. I am finishing my last year of pre reqs and will hopefully be in the program by 40 it seemed like so long ago when I started I thought I would never be 40 lol But now I see an attainable goal.

    best wishes!
  5. by   CMSNYC
    Thanks for the encouragement! I know the community college by my parents house is affordable and no one I know who goes there has ever had a problem having their grades transfer.

    And catzy, you make me laugh!!! I figure that I'm going to be 40 no matter what...so I might as well be productive with my time, right?

    Thanks again! This seems like a much more doable plan than quitting my job for 18 months to do the accelerated program.

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