I'm a former college drop-out who just got back to school. My short-term goal is to at least get a BS in any field; I need it just for the emotional satisfaction because I only had a year to go when I dropped out. However, my long-term goal is really to be a nurse. I have considered the following options:
1. Get my BS in a CSU and try to get into the RN program at my community college (1 year for BS, 2 years for ADN). The problem with this option is that I could be on the waiting list for as long as two years, maybe more.
2. Get my BS in a CSU and transfer to a UC for MSN (1 year for BS, 2 years for MSN if full-time). The problem with this option is that I've heard it's hard to transfer to a UC from a CSU. I'm also not sure if I want to be in school for that
2. Go straight to UC and get my BSN (2 years if full-time). The problem with this option that I may not qualify to get into UCLA. My GPA is relatively low (3.06) because I did really poorly at college before I dropped out and I transferred everything to avoid retaking most of my classes. I also may not be able to get two people to recommend me because I'm sort of new to the area and I don't impress people that easily.
Anyway. I just need some input. I thought I'd had my mind made up, but apparently I'm still open to possibilities. Thanks.
Sep 18, '07
I, too, was a college dropout. I had completed about 45 credit hours at North Carolina State University back in the mid to late 80s. At the age of 40, some 20+ years after my first college experience, I enrolled in Bryant and Stratton College in Willoughby Hills, OH. (I'm originally from Cleveland and moved back 11/05). Bryant and Stratton's Associates Degree RN program is 5 semesters, 4 months per semester with no summer break except for a 4 week break from mid Aug to mid Sept. I.e. 20 months from start to finish.
Anyway, because I had some previous college, I was able to get credit for most of the first semester non-nursing classes like Psychology, Eng 101, Math Survey, etc. I took 18 hours instead of the prescribed 14 in my first semester (2nd semester of the program) and went on to finish in a total of 16 months!
Like someone else said, private colleges are expensive but all the community colleges in my area claimed to have a 2 to 3 year waiting list for their RN programs. I applied to Bryant and Stratton in April 2006, started in May 2006 and finished in August 2007.
The downside is that I still owe the college $1,800 and I can't take the NCLEX until I pay them. It was more bad financial planning on my part than the cost of the college which was about $7,000 per semester. All but the $1800 was covered by financial aid and non-credit-qualifying subsidized student loans. Had I been in the state 1 year before I started school, I wouldn't owe anything but to qualify for the Ohio Instructional Grant, one must be a resident of the state for at least 1 year.
Our school's NCLEX pass rate is comparable and or better than the local community colleges AND BSN programs and all of the previous graduates that I've talked to who are currently working as nurses feel that they know as much or more about nursing as compared to most of the graduates from other schools that they work with.
Here in Cleveland ADN and BSN nurses start at the same $22.50/hour (Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals) so the extra two years isn't an immediate advantage.
Anyway, that's my experience.
Last edit by Salesman217 on Sep 18, '07