Community college then university, or just university? How much time?

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    I am currently a senior in high school. I want to go into the nursing field, and then I would like to enter the Navy. I am, however, struggling to decide on the right path to get there. I don't have a lot of money, so I was considering going to Front Range Community College first, then transferring to University of Northern Colorado, or another 4 year university. After receiving my bachelors in nursing, I would like to enter the Navy. My goal is to get my BSN in as little time as possible without being insanely in debt.

    My confusion occurs when trying to figure out how much time I will have to spend on waiting lists and trying to get into these nursing programs! Sorry if this is a lot.
    I quess my main question would be asking for advice on whether to go straight to a university, or community college then transfer. And also, about how much time does it take to get through nursing! I really want to go into nursing, but so many people tell me stories of the years they spent on waitlists or those who gave up the idea of nursing completely! It makes me second guess my desire to even try to be a nurse.

    Any kind of advice or answers that any one can give would be greatly appreciated!
    Thank you so much! - See more at: http://allnurses.com/frequently-aske...ml#post7199688
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    If your goal is to join the Navy, I would speak to a Naval Recruiter or a school with an NROTC program, more so the latter. I've heard the Navy wants to reduce the number of nursing scholarships, but as I'm not in the Navy or NROTC (just friends and classmates who were in NROTC), I would go with my previous statement. I do know, however, should you decide to go that route, that you will most definitely have to keep up your grades, especially when you're in nursing school, and failing out of the program will result in you owing the Navy whatever amount they paid for your education.

    If you want to forgo that route, in the area I'm from, students will take their pre-reqs at community colleges (or a hybrid of cc and university) and then move on to a nursing program from a university. It's been my experience (though I can't speak for everyone) that nursing schools don't make as much of a fuss about taking all pre-reqs from a university as would med school (though I'm hearing now med schools will be more forgiving). Regardless of where you take your pre-reqs, it would be in your best interest to keep your GPA around a 3.5. The national average to get into nursing school, supposedly, is 2.something, but that bit me in the end. I'm just happy I have my BSN and passed Boards. Look at what schools you wish to apply and their requirements. I would look at the school with the highest GPA requirement, assume I'm going to that one, and keep it where they'll at least look at your application.

    All in all, it should take you about 4 years if you do everything correctly, 4 1/2 in the case of my nursing school. In my case, it was longer than 4 1/2, but that's because I goofed and wanted to have fun in college

    Hope that helps.
    Last edit by rumwynnieRN on Mar 2, '13 : Reason: added sentence.
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    What I forgot to mention also is, if you're planning on cutting costs, I think I would stay away from private schools. The private nursing school in my homecity had an outrageous tuition, even for in-state residents, and with the costs for equipment, it's not an expense I was willing to fork over.
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    At your age and with those plans, I would go the University route and look into a ROTC program.
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    BSN is the future and hopefully will become the only route to becoming a RN. Until we stop having so many paths to entry we will never have the respect the profession wants so badly. My hospital has stopped hiring ADNs & has given a deadline to those already there.
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    If I could go back in time, I would have started doing nursing at a university fresh out of high school. Considering the time it has taken me to do pre-reqs and get my ADN to bridge to a BSN completion program, I could be half way through a masters already. Since you say cost is a factor (and it always is for everyone), maybe consider taking some of the pre-reqs at a community college and transfer them when you apply for the BSN program.


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