I am what you would call a non-traditional student. I will be 33 this year. I have 4 young children and I am the proud wife of a soldier. Life can be hectic at times. My husband is often gone more than he is home, but I am use to it. I attended college in the mid 90s but did not graduate because we started our family and I kept saying "oh, I will finish later!" Later has now been 10 years.
We are currently stationed in Floria so I am looking at schools in the Tampa area. Galen is out of the question due to tuition. I would like to earn a 2-year RN degree and return for a BSN at a later time. I was 3 credit hours away from having a bachelors degree when I left school in 1998 (not a bright move, but you know what they say about hindsight). I am open to ideas, however, if you think it would be more wise to look at BSN programs such as the one at USF.
The academics do not worry me. I have completed anatomy, physiology, kenisiology, exercise physiology, and other similar courses in the past and performed well. HCC says that I am not required to take A&P again, SPC says I might or might not be. The math is the exception. I am sure the college will want me to just skip over to the elementary school for my first math course. This will slow me down of course depending on the program. College algebra is a prerequisite for most nursing programs
and, quite honestly, I won'the be suprised if I need remedial math.
Because I have 4 children that are all very young, I need to be able to do most, if not all, prerequisites online. HCC does not offer their lowest level of remedial math online. My youngest child does not start school until next year and I simply cannot afford childcare at the present time.
This brings me to SPC. I have read other students have nothing positive to say about SPC on this website. Anyone out there disagree? Perhaps some positive feedback?
Perhaps some of you that live in this area might suggest a program that I have missed? I am not interested in Everest and Tampa U. is entirely too expensive as is Southern University. Right now, I see 2 realistic programs and that is HCC or SPC. Has anyone attended HCC? Have any of you also checked out both? Thoughts?
Thanks to anyone who takes the time to reply. I appreciate your help!
Jul 21, '09
I don't know about the other school, but I am a student at SPC full-time (36 years old, 2 children, and recently separated) and also work. They have great professors (I was new in Spring, transferred from another school after first semester because SPC has no waiting list for RN, they go by GPA, which is now about 3.5 as of Spring 2009 but much better chances than some of these schools with 5-year waiting lists). Anyhow, I have managed to do 3 semesters, all full-time, with an 18-month-old and a 9-year-old and a job. I am hoping to go on for my Master's in Anesthesia at USF, and straight from the mouths of USF, they said I would be accepted for their CRNA program (along with outstanding GPA) whether I obtained my BSN at SPC or USF; she said it did not make a difference; they look at GPA over all; USF's is about 3.65, that's this term, and it changes each time. SPC is very well respected, was the first community college (at least in Florida) to become a four-year college (they have removed "community" from the college name). As far as curriculum, it is harder and you learn more--this is after attending CFCC in Citrus County, both basically community colleges, but SPC is way more challenging; in addition, CFCC for example offered A&P as a 1085 class; however, SPC has this same class as a 2085 (the 2 in front makes a difference when you want to matriculate to USF, UCF, etc.) SPC also has a University Partnership with tons of universities, so even if you do your AA, AS at SPC, you can do your BSN through any of the universities. I have talked to the only trauma facility in Pinellas county as well, and they are very impressed with SPC grads. SPC is great; the only professors I wasn't too crazy about were a couple online, but that's because you don't get to know them at all. My first 2 semesters, I took almost all my prereq's online. I do know your science classes cannot be more than 7 years old at USF, but not sure about SPC; call and talk to an advisor; then call and talk to another one; always get a second opinion. In addition, call an HEC (Health Ed Center) advisor, as they are the nursing campus and will correlate what the other advisor has told you or fill you in on extras (for instance, I had to take a computer literacy class--even though half my college credits were done ONLINE!) Anyway, they are a very respected school and get lots of clinical time from what I hear from the hospitals; half the hospitals they do clinicals in also do nurse residency programs, so you can go straight into a job while waiting to pass NCLEX.
I'm not spellchecking this post nor proofing, just had my A&P finals this week and am beat this evening, but got A's in both lecture and lab! Horray, after Fall I will be applying for RN program (and with their setup, I will have my AA degree after Spring semester, before going into RN for AS/BSN --- talk to an advisor; they will get you info on degrees you didn't even know were in the picture while pursuing nursing.
Last edit by studentinnursing on Jul 21, '09