I need some advice. I am a 34 year old women who recently when back to school this semester in hopes of entering the fall nursing program at my local community college. I haven't been to college in over 15 years. I knew the program was competitive but I thought I might have a shot at it. I haven't received confirmation yet but I'm pretty confident I didn't get into the program. The reason I'm convinced I didn't get in is because over 300 individuals applied and there's is only 70 slots plus my advisor told me that I didn't have much in terms of my recent academics to show the decision makers. So far I am maintaining excellent grades, if I had to approximate I'd say a 3.5 GPA. So now I have some decision to make and need an unbiased sense of direction. My options are to continue at this local community college and get all of my pre-req classes out of the way, possibly transfer to a 4-year institution, or apply for the LPN program. There is no guarantee if I stay at this local college I will actually get into the nursing program in the fall. I'm hoping that if I maintain the grades I currently have it would be an easy in but you never know. I've heard the 4 year college is more accepting of individuals who want to enter into the program however it's ridiculously expensive. I have several friends who are in the LPN program and say it's a lot of hard work but it's a really great program. So my question to all of you is what is going to make me a more competitive candidate? Should I stay where I am, transfer, or try the LPN program with more hands on experience? Ultimately I would like to obtain my Bachelors degree in nursing; I just don't want to waste time. I would prefer to start my nursing career before I'm 40!! Any sight you might have would be extremely helpful!!
Mar 10, '13
I say continue with your pre-reqs for the RN program. The reason I say this is I have heard that some areas are beginning to phase out LPNs. I'm not sure if this is true for all areas. Also, it depends on where you want to work. Most hospitals do not hire LPNs. Plus, RNs make more money. I think there are more advantages to becoming an RN than an LPN. It sounds like you could be done before 40. I am 36 and have 2 more semesters of pre-reqs to do before I apply to the nursing program. I know how you feel about wanting to be done before 40! If everything goes right, I will be done when I'm 41! Good luck!!