RN's, please share your opinion

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    So I am currently enrolled in a pre-req class (A&P) for an accelerated program that won't begin until May 2014. The program is 45k for 15 months and you graduate with your BSN. This is a lot of money, however I know you are paying for the speed and advancement to BSN. I am wondering though does this sound worth while? Is 45k too much to pay for such a program? I have a friend who keeps throwing the EAYL programs from Tampa at me. Is it better to pay big bucks and have any say over where you work in a year vs. signing a 2-3 year commitment post school for tuition assistance and having to work wherever they need you? I guess I'm just looking for some experienced RN's opinions. I'm a little torn, and the idea of 45k in loans is a little scary.

    Any input is GREATLY appreciated!
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    Ouch! I would keep looking for another school. That's just me.
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    An accelerated degree should cost less than a traditional program since they are accepting credits from your previous degree. The accelerated program that I am in is 57 nursing credits, 25 pre-nursing cognates, and 42 credits from my previous degree. If you are including the pre-req classes (45000/ 82) would cost $548 per credit. If you are just counting nursing classes then it would cost (45000/ 57) $789 per credit. That seems like a lot. My in state tuition is $286 per credit.
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    I think that there must be a trade off. Is it easier to get into this school compared to other local universities? Is this school one of the top schools of the region? Are you more likely to get a job upon graduation compared to other grads from nearby schools? I had considered doing an ABSN (here it is 12 months) at a private university, until I had my son. Now I am applying to a 2nd degree BSN that is 20 months long, and at a state school. I will say that the private school probably has the #2 program in the state, where mine is #3. The accelerated would have cost 40k compared to 25k. I think the accelerated programs prey on the fact that those with a bachelor's making a career change want it done like yesterday. I would say to definitely look around more. I think with the way the job market is, it might be wiser to do a 2yr BSN at a cheaper rate.
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    Quote from rhamp357
    So I am currently enrolled in a pre-req class (A&P) for an accelerated program that won't begin until May 2014. The program is 45k for 15 months and you graduate with your BSN. This is a lot of money, however I know you are paying for the speed and advancement to BSN. I am wondering though does this sound worth while? Is 45k too much to pay for such a program? I have a friend who keeps throwing the EAYL programs from Tampa at me. Is it better to pay big bucks and have any say over where you work in a year vs. signing a 2-3 year commitment post school for tuition assistance and having to work wherever they need you? I guess I'm just looking for some experienced RN's opinions. I'm a little torn, and the idea of 45k in loans is a little scary.

    Any input is GREATLY appreciated!
    RN here. A little off subject, well not really. I have a question: What are EAYL Tampa Bay programs? Earn As You Learn?

    We could really use an employment contract while taking our BSN. Unless it is one of those sign with your blood contracts.
    Last edit by double_minority on Feb 23, '13
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    The absn program here is 16m long and $49k

    The adn hospital program is $30k and 18m long and if I went on to do an online bsn after that would add another $13k and 2yrs.

    To me I am contemplating which to go with and I think just doing it all in 16 and spending the extra $7k upfront is worth it to be done in half the time.


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