I am 31 years old and have decided to go back to school for nursing. I have always had an interest in psychology so naturally I think being a RN in a psych unit would be a perfect fit for me. I recently took a test at a local ROP school that offers the LVN program (Direct RN programs are WAY impacted so I figured I would bridge from LVN to RN). They called to tell me that I didn't score high enough to get into the LVN program (just missed the cut off due to my math score) however I scored high enough to get into the psych tech program....ummmm didn't know such a program even existed. My ultimate goal is to become an RN and work in the psych unit with adolescents or with eating disorders. Would I be throwing away my chances of becoming an RN down the road if I go into the psych tech program? Should I re-test for the LVN program? Can you bride from a Psych Tech to an RN?
My next question is in regards to experience. I have never worked in the health care industry so needless to say I zip, zero experience. Should I be doing some volunteering at a psych hospital while I'm waiting for school to start and while I'm in school? I also considered taking the course to become a CNA but do they hire CNA's in psych hospitals? I don't wan't to be 34 years old just graduating as a RN and have no medial experience whatsoever.