I am currently employed at a Healthsouth Rehab facility as a CNA. I would like to become a nurse, either LVN or RN. Today, as I started to pay for tuition at El Centro College for my prereq's, I stopped and questioned whether I am doing the right thing. I am 50 years old - and although I completed a Medical Billing and Coding program a couple of years ago, and my CNA training last fall at El Centro - To get into the nursing program at El Centro, I still have to take my prereqs, which is what i was registering for today - SCIT 1407 and SPCH 1311. Then, I still have my ENGL 1301 prereq to get.
I looked at Concorde and some of the other private schools but immediately dismissed the thought of attending after seeing the costs. However, i am having second thoughts - I surely don't want to be paying for my education for years but on the other hand, being realistic, i need to complete my education ASAP. I currently work at HealthSouth and, as I understand it, tuition reimbursement is available upon completion of the class with a B or higher. I am not sure if HealthSouth will reimburse one of the high end tuition school?
And this loan forgiveness and nursing loan program? anyone familiar with it? Looking over the documents required for it - I wonder if our hospita has it - seems odd that I haven't heard anyone mention it. ANY HELP GREATLY APPRECIATED - now unsure if I should go forward and register for my prereqs or see about this other route?