It depends on your scholarship, I mean if you get a full scholarship for a 4 year program that pays everything by all means go that route but if you are paying with student loans I would really consider going to Southern or even WV state university. Both programs are located in Institute, although I am not sure if Southern's is based somewhere else like Logan. Southern's program is at the rehab place in Institute I think.
The thing to remember is this, while loans and scholarships pay for the actual college there are so many out of pocket expenses like clothing, gas, food that you have to take into account and although I did it, I was the only one in my class to work more than 8 hours a week. General college is a breeze for the most part but the nursing program
takes a lot of time. If you go directly into the 2 year program from school, I honestly dont see how anyone could work there are just too many classes.
I think once you have your ADN it will take you about 3 years to do a direct RN to MSN thing otherwise it is generally around 4 years depending on the program which also depends on how many classes you take.
A BSN is great to have, I am trying my best to complete mine but in WV it is nowhere near mandatory. Out of school the one thing you need is experience. An associate degree RN will have an easy time finding a job. A lot of the management jobs though do want you to have a BSN and teaching jobs (not clinical preceptors) now require a MSN or require you to be working on it, unless this has changed in the past few years. It depends on the job but most people look at your background instead of degree. For instance critical care and er experience are really sought after for a lot of jobs.
You can go to www.wvrnboard.com
I think and email a request for the NCLEX passage rates. Southern kind of surprised me, when my mother and myself were in college St. Mary's and Bluefield State were the best schools consistently it seemed. Now Southern is up there which is great.
I have just worked 12 hours and quite tired so sorry if my post is kinda disorganized.