I really need help making the best decision about nursing school for my life. I know that there are so many different paths to take to become a nurse, but my problem is all about timing! I have just graduated with a B.A. in Communications from UCF, and I have known for about a year and a half that I absolutely want to be a nurse. I was actually registered in the pre-reqs 2 semesters ago at UCF, and thanks to my parents, I was forced to drop out of them and finish my B.A. instead of pursue my dream. Anyways, I am now free to make my own decisions and I just want to make the best one. Obviously, just like almost everyone, I want to choose a path that is going to allow me to make an income as a nurse in the least amount of time, and put me (and my fiance) in the least amount of debt, since we are currently debt-free. P.S. I am 22-years-old and live in Orlando, FL. Here are my options:
1. Go to LPN school at Orlando Tech, start in January 2011 and finish January 2012. Upon graduation, begin working PT as an LPN while completing the Indiana State University online LPN-BSN bridge program, finish my BSN probably just before Jan. 2014. Cost: $4500, plus $30K for BSN.
2. Spend the next year (2 semesters) finishing up the pre-reqs I don't have (Biology, Chemistry, A+P 1 and 2, Micro, Nutrition, Dev. Psych), finish those JUST in time to apply to Remington College's new Accelerated BSN program. I would start July 2011 and finish July 2012. Cost: $36K
3. Spend the next year finishing the pre-reqs as stated above, then wait until January 2012 to apply to UCF's Accelerated BSN Program (I would not have the pre-reqs done in time to apply by the Jan. 2011 deadline), start May 2012 and finish May 2013.
Cost: Approx. $10K
4. Spend the next year finishing pre-reqs, hope that Seminole State College's application deadline is after my final grades are in, then start their ADN-RN program August 2011 and finish August 2013. Cost: Approx. $8K
I have almost a 3.5 GPA and I have 2 A's and one B in the pre-reqs I've taken so far (no sciences). I'm including this info because it's not like the above 4 options are REALLY all options for me, because my chances of getting into the Accelerated programs, especially UCF's, are very slim. I appreciate you taking the time to read this, and I truly welcome any advice or guidance! Thank you!