Quote from shadowshodan
i thought about going to arc tog et the basic college out of the way then go to a rn nursing schol to get a bsn and even masters maybe. how long would that all take? and roughly cost?or can i just go right into rn school?
AS others have said, you'll have to take all the prerequisite courses. There really isn't any way of getting around that. The private schools are costly and they'll send you to an outside school to get your RN prerequisites after you're done with LVN, before you're allowed to continue with RN. It's a way of breaking up the cost into about $40k chunks.
Any which way you're going to slice this, it's going to take a while. Figure about 2 years for knocking those prereqs out of the way and then applying to programs (because they only want qualified
students to apply). There's where a significant backlog can be. If you're considering Sac State, try to get enrolled there and find a cheap way to stay a continuing student. If you're considering going the JC route first, you can get all of your LDGE and prerequisites out of the way in the Los Rios system. That'll be a LOT cheaper than doing all your stuff at Sac State. Then you might have to get a transfer agreement done to guarantee your enrollment at Sac State, but you'll have to make sure you have very good grades and know where you stand in Sac State's points system, so that you'll have a good chance of being accepted there. If you go ADN - BSN, it's going to take 2 years after getting into a program and about another year or so to get the BSN. Then you're looking at another two years after that to get an MSN.
This won't be an easy road for you to go that far. Cheapest route would be JC->Public University. Whether you get an RN at the JC or 4 year level, Nursing school will be harder, and very different, than anything you've had to do up to that point.