I'm looking to start over after being an LVN in Texas years ago. My license is inactive, in good standing. Rectivating it is a logistical nightmare because I moved to a compact state. It's not worth it to get that license back, especially when I haven't worked in over 10 years. I want to get my BSN now that my kids are getting older.
Im looking at 3 options. All have positives and huge negatives. So I'm asking for help.
Option 1 is a local community college. It's the cheapest. I can get my Associates, but I'd be finishing right about the time all local hospitals will be forcing ADNs to get their BSN or leave the hospital setting. I know I can bridge, but that makes the process that much longer.
Option 2 is a traditional 4 year university. The most expensive option. Obviously the most direct route. However, competition is fierce and I do worry how competitive my old self would be against 20 year olds. And honestly, at this age, I don't have the time to apply year after year.
Option 3 is an accredited "for profit" school that offers a BSN degree. My credits would actually transfer if I hated it. It's just a little cheaper than the 4 year college (only because of a military discount). They do give me about 9 hours of credit for LVN and they guarantee 5 spots in their BSN program from students who are bridging. But, I've heard some good things and some not so good things, especially about financial aid and them finding new ways to get you spend money. I want my degree to be taken seriously. (I did verify that they are accredited by the same people who accredit the other schools
, so that's a plus, but the negative things I hear still make me nervous.)
its time to enroll, so any advice/experience would be helpful and much appreciated.