Cost of BSN - page 5

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Im currently looking into getting my BSN In West Coast University. Its a 39 month program. The cost of tuition is 128,000 for the whole program. This blew me away at first but the upside is there is no waiting time and you do... Read More


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    Call me crazy, but I am hard-pressed to find any bachelor's degree worthy of>$160-180K. If you are not walking out with a graduate degree from that program, forget it.

    Take as much GE courses as you can at the best community college and/or state school you can find within your means, CLEP or AP whatever you can, and then transfer. Most GE courses should transfer in from a good community college or state school. There are other options and ways to do this.

    I mean unless your parents can afford to send you to Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y., or you get a free ride to a top tier, it's totally ridiculous. As if Sarah Lawrence has a nursing program. LOL. Regardless of their courses of study, is $235,000 for a bachelor's degree really worth it? IDK, maybe for some blue bloods, but not for the average person--even if their SAT scores are outrageous.



    It's definitely time to step back and re-think a plan that is going to cost you near $200,000 or more for undergrad, unless you get something close to a full ride scholarship or have wealthy folks backing you.
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    You're going to have people responding and reading through this thread who are not from California. People from all walks of life read these threads. That is my point. It's irrelevant that the OP is from California. I stand by my original posts. If you are taking on 60-100 k of debt, be prepared that the bulk of your income is going to living expenses and debt repayment.
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    Having lived in CA I know that Nurses make more there, but that difference in pay does not make up for the fact that you're spending at least 6x more than you would at a state university based on current rates at my wife's alma mater, CSUS. I'll flat out say what others are here: $128,000 that you are spending is a poor investment if you are getting you're walking away with only a bachelors degree.
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    Quote from joanna73
    You're going to have people responding and reading through this thread who are not from California. People from all walks of life read these threads. That is my point. It's irrelevant that the OP is from California. I stand by my original posts. If you are taking on 60-100 k of debt, be prepared that the bulk of your income is going to living expenses and debt repayment.
    right!
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    Go on-line and check out sentinel university. It is an accredited online RN to BSN program. If you have nursing experience you can complete it in 10 classes.
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    Quote from dezara66
    Go on-line and check out sentinel university. It is an accredited online RN to BSN program. If you have nursing experience you can complete it in 10 classes.
    We've been talking about pre-licensure BSN programs, not BSN completion programs.
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    I'm sorry, maybe it's me. But what credible school awards a person a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing with only 10 classes--even for RN-BSN degree completion?

    It's DETC Accreditation, and some graduate programs may very well frown on it. Historically it was accreditation nationally for correspondence courses. Depending on if you want to do graduate work, the kind of graduate work, and the particular programs, a person may not at all be doing themselves a favor with a degree from American Sentinel. I'm not going to argue over; but I think going that route or one like--especially with a program that is not fully part of a reputable brick and mortar university or college--well, it could be a problem for you later if you want to get into a reputable grad school. It certainly would be an issue for getting into medical school, especially an allopathic one.

    Now if you don't care about that, well then, OK. . .

    There is a sound and reasonable medium/in-between, which doesn't mean something that may look like a glorified diploma mill (not saying the above school is or isn't--don't know enough about the school or program) versus shelling out $180,000 for BSN.

    But anyways, hidden is right. We weren't talking BSN completion for RNs. At least that what I thought.

    Still no sense in selling your future short for a program that may lead to a degree, which may very well be looked at with a raised eyebrow, just b/c you already have a RN license.
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    Why not buy a house instead for that kind of money? That's ridiculous. Bust your butt off, get good grades and try and get into a state school. That's the perfect way to mess up your financial future.
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    Is this the total cost, between housing, food, books, supplies, etc? I still think thats a lot of money and you could get just as good of an education elsewhere for a LOT less money. Why burden yourself with that amount of debt after graduation, if you dont have to?
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    Lol at new grads only making 24-36k per year starting. Maybe in Indiana. I live in Ohio and new grads start off at 48k-50k year BASE rate. And that is the midwest, not Cali.


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