When I decided to go for nursing, I came from UTEP as an Electrical Engineering student. Believe me, I know what it's like to start off fresh in a whole new career path...it's scary. But I did it because this is what I wanted and I was determined to get it.
Since I already had the history, political science, math, etc., I had those done for my pre-req's. I had to still take the three science courses for ranking (anatomy 1&2, micro). That's what took the year to take.
Don't be affraid of going the course you want to take. It's a little intimidating because it's all new to you but just do your investigating and make sure you get the right information.
Money wise, nursing school
costs about $6,000. This includes books, uniforms, classes. There may be other expenses like the NCLEX but expect about this much. The LVN probobly is about $4,000.
I considered taking the LVN as a backup if I didn't get into the RN program. It's not a bad choice, but this is what will happen:
It will take 12 month's to complete...you attend classes all 3 semesters...no summer's off.
It's cheaper than going to the RN program.
If you want to attend the RN program using the bridge approach, after finishing the LVN program you must wait 6 months after to apply for the RN program (verify this because I believe I was told this by a nursing counselor).
I, too, want to transfer to a bachelors program (UTEP) and then NP schooling. It will take a while but it will be done!
Take your time, don't rush into things and make sure you have all the facts. Talk to Veronica or Maria for accurate information. They are the nursing counselors and anyone else will tell you partial or incorrect information. They will compare your credits with the required credits for the pre-nursing courses.
The accuplacer exam is the exam students take as a placement exam when entering school. You just have to receive a certain score they require.
Also, make sure to get an A in those 3 science classes,...the minimum is a C but even those with B's either barely make it into ranking or not. 3 A's gives you a much better change. However, I had A's in A&P 1&2, and a B in Micro. My accuplacer scores were high too so all that helped my ranking.