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!!