I'm applying to several programs that (accelerated BSN) let you take the nursing courses online and then report to clinicals 2-3 times a week, there is even a couple of weekend programs I am looking into.
I have 2 kids, one will be in the 1st grade by the time I begin school and the other in PK4. I am a single mom. I receive no help from their father. Our divorce should be final soon...
I have saved up some money in order to relocate if I get into one of the programs.
My parents would like for me to stay near where they are and go to school somewhere in California. But it is really tough getting into the state nursing schools and some have closed admissions to people who already have a bachelor's degree.
I don't want to apply to a private university here in California because the programs are so expensive. They range from $36,000 to $60,000+. PLUS I have to consider living expenses. And no, I do not want my parents to watch my children while I am in school because my father is not a good influence and my parents do not share the same beliefs as I do, especially when it comes to sociocultural and religious issues.
The one program I really am considering and have been admitted to the school, but not the nursing program yet is UT-Arlington's accelerated Academic Partnership program. It's a 15 month program that costs $16,000. I am aware I will have to request private loans to cover living expenses and daycare. But when I am accepted (like to be positive) into this program, the only times I need cover for watching my children are during the clinicals. I've heard they are held 2x a week.
The other programs which are also accelerated are more traditional as far as classroom and clinical hours go. But my kids may have to definitely stay in an after school program and possibly daycare during the weekends if I have clinicals.
Which would you choose if you were in my position?