Technical school or Jr College

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    I am so frustrated right now. I have been taking the pre-requisites for the nursing program for several years - one at a time because I have been working FT. I finally decided to quit my job and now I cant get the classes I need (A&P) because I had a late enrollment date!! :angryfire I just had to vent.

    Now I am wondering if I ought to pursue my LVN through a local technical/trade school (at the cost of about $20k) so that I can be assured to be done in 18 months. Then I would immediately "tack on" the additional semester(s) to become an RN.

    Has anyone gone this route or does anyone have any information about these schools? I think the one in my area is Western Career College. I have already gone and taken the placement test there so I think I could start at the next available class opening. Thanks for listening!
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    Quote from luvmyboys
    I am so frustrated right now. I have been taking the pre-requisites for the nursing program for several years - one at a time because I have been working FT. I finally decided to quit my job and now I cant get the classes I need (A&P) because I had a late enrollment date!! :angryfire I just had to vent.

    Now I am wondering if I ought to pursue my LVN through a local technical/trade school (at the cost of about $20k) so that I can be assured to be done in 18 months. Then I would immediately "tack on" the additional semester(s) to become an RN.

    Has anyone gone this route or does anyone have any information about these schools? I think the one in my area is Western Career College. I have already gone and taken the placement test there so I think I could start at the next available class opening. Thanks for listening!

    $20K seems very pricey! I'm attending a Community College aka Jr. College, and the tuition for the LPN program is about $5,000 and the length of the program is only 12 months.
    One of the gals in my Micro-biology class is an LPN from Missouri who is bridging over to the ADN program. She got her LPN at a tech school, and none of her classes transferred to any of her nearby colleges except mine which is 2 hours across the boarder in Iowa.

    If you decide the tech/trade, route make sure your classes will transfer.
    Good Luck!
    Last edit by S.N. Visit on Jan 5, '05
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    My LPN program is going to be about $4,000. I plan on going for my ADN after that with EC. But 20,000, is way too much.
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    I agree with you. The more I think about it the more it is not worth it! And, the good news is that I have been trying every day to get that A&P class I need - if people dont pay within ten days of enrolling they get dropped which refreshes the system. Anway today I was successful in at least getting on the waiting list - yippee! So as long as I actually get in - I am back on track. Thanks for your reply!
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    Tech school credits most likely will not transfer to other colleges if you ever wanted to take that route. I live in WA and was told that if I go through the LPN program it is harder to get into the RN because the only have a very limited number of spaces for the bridge people. ALso check out ANY "career" college very carefully amny are under investigation or involved in lawsuite ( University of Phoenix, Brymans and BCTI just to name a few. The 20K also sounds pretty steep. Hope this helps I've been done every avenue myself. I have to drive 35 mile each way to my school because that was the only one where I could get my A&P



    Quote from luvmyboys
    I am so frustrated right now. I have been taking the pre-requisites for the nursing program for several years - one at a time because I have been working FT. I finally decided to quit my job and now I cant get the classes I need (A&P) because I had a late enrollment date!! :angryfire I just had to vent.

    Now I am wondering if I ought to pursue my LVN through a local technical/trade school (at the cost of about $20k) so that I can be assured to be done in 18 months. Then I would immediately "tack on" the additional semester(s) to become an RN.

    Has anyone gone this route or does anyone have any information about these schools? I think the one in my area is Western Career College. I have already gone and taken the placement test there so I think I could start at the next available class opening. Thanks for listening!
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    U of P is under investigation? Do you have more details or links about this? I am pre-nursing right now but was thinking about using them in the future. so if you have any details I'd be happy to know!

    Thanks,
    Rebecca
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    Be careful about going to a technical school. As other people have said, your non-nursing classes will most likely not transfer when you go to get your RN. I went to a technical school and didn't finish, well my credits won't transfer to my CC. 20k is also pretty steep to get your LPN. I would stick with the CC if it was me.
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    Luvmyboys, has your semester started yet? I currently work in the natural science department at my community college and during the first week, people can be dropped if they don't pay and also they can drop themselves within the first week. I would suggest that you just keep at it. if for some you can't get into A&P, I would try for the summer and try to stay with the ADN.

    Good luck!
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    Many LPN programs are part of a technical school education. The program here in St. Pete is in a technical school and it readily transfers to the community college and other ADN programs. Same with the school I went to back home in North Carolina. Many people go the LPN to RN route.

    Make sure the technical school is accredited and ask them which community colleges they transfer to. Should be a problem. Good luck to you!
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    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy

    Make sure the technical school is accredited and ask them which community colleges they transfer to.
    You should also ask the college you will most likely have your credits transfered to if they really will except your credits.

    I knew a women that went to a private tech school (non-nursing) and they told her that her classes would transfer. A few years later when she was ready to go for her degree the local CC wouldn't take her credits. The CC said they have a problem with the tech schools telling students that, but they have never excepted credits from the tech schools.


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