Need help deciding which nursing school to attend! - page 2

School #1 Pluses -I've officially been accepted to start January 2011 -The nursing program has a great reputation -They have a great PA program too which is my ultimate career goal School #1... Read More

  1. by   foreverLaur
    Month to month is 1.5 times my monthly rent which is $718 but they are jacking it up $895 so it would be $1342.50 a month to do month by month.

    School #1 is about 45 mins from my parents and school #2 is about 1.5 hrs from my parents. I live right by school #2 now and love the area. School #3 is in between the two, but closer to my parents.

    School #1 - start sooner, graduate sooner, small debt (on top of my $20k debt)
    School #2 - start later, graduate later, stay in city i love, free school, keep good job
    School #3 - bsn, more expensive
  2. by   NurseKJ
    Please do not take this as a snide remark, but why are you going to nursing school when your goal is to become a PA? I remember reading earlier posts that you said you already have a bachelors degree...

    Personally, i would think long and hard before turning down a nursing school. On that note, though, why not keep school #2 in the back of your mind, and apply to PA school?

    This is not intended to say "don't do nursing"-- it's just that your goal is to be a PA. (to note, if you need living expenses paid while in PA school b/c you can't work, have you thought about loans? schools well often let you borrow more than the cost of tuition to cover living expenses--- in the long wrong, a couple more thousand dollars will not be a big deal, when you figure you would make 1 1/2-2 times as much as a new grad PA vs. new grad RN--- depending on the area).
  3. by   foreverLaur
    I've thought about just going straight for PA school, but without much health care experience my application won't be strong and I have a ways to go to get my GPA up to where I want it to be. If PA school doesn't work out for a number of reasons, I'm left with nothing. If I get the nursing degree first, I'll be a much stronger applicant to PA school and I'll have a wonderful life-long carer I'll enjoy if it doesn't work out.

    PA school is expensive at most places. I'm looking at leaving with $100,000 in debt when you factor in undergrad + all the courses to boost my GPA. Nursing school is free and there is at least a 50% chance nursing will end up being my life-long career.
  4. by   NurseKJ
    I see your point... it was just a thought- I really don't know much about PA school.

    IMHO-- It wouldn't hurt to apply at the same time as your nursing schools though, you would only be out the application fee. And if you think about it, let's say they didn't like your application, but if they see that you worked to improve your stats and got an RN, ect., maybe it would impress them in the long run? maybe? idk?

    Again, just my opinion- but I have come across quite a few of your posts on here and SDN, so just thought I'd mention what I've been wondering...

    Best of luck.
  5. by   foreverLaur
    Well I'm not even eligible to apply yet. I haven't taken microbiology, biochem, a year of organic chem, etc. I've taken random bits and pieces of those classes here and there and most were at quarter schools which aren't enough credit hours for the PA schools (mostly on semesters). I also don't have a 3.0 GPA that is required for all the PA schools I'm interested in. I will once I finish nursing school though (I have a 4.0 for my past 40-50 hours... lost track and also in all my science coursework). I'm just trying to overcome my younger/clueless/immature years

    PA schools are also very expensive to apply to. You have to pay the application fee, pay for CASPA to send your applications, pay the secondary application fee, and pay to take the GRE and have it sent to all the schools.