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Hi everyone! I just finished my interview for the ABSN (fall 13) for MSMC. My dilemma is that I also got into WGU's nursing program. MSMC would cost me 60K and WGU 23K. MSMC is a year long and WGU is 2.5 years long. I really don't know what program I should attend. I know MSMC nurses are very reputable and get hired right after they graduate. What about WGU graduates? Any thoughts?
Congrats on getting in to both schools! If I were in your situation I would look at two main things:
1. Can I handle an entire nursing program crammed into 1 year?
2. Is it worth paying more for MSMC since I will graduate and make money sooner than WGU?
Regarding 1: I know a nurse who did the ABSN program at MSMC and she said it was very difficult. Cramming all the information in one year created a year of hardcore constant homework. But she was able to graduate on time.
Regarding 2: In one way, MSMC would cost less than WGU. If you go to MSMC and graduate in one year, you will have 1.5 years to work before you would have graduated WGU. Therefore, if a standard nurse starts at $60,000 a year, you would make $90,000 in that 1.5 years. Therefore MSMC could theoretically save you money. However, due to the high cost of MSMC, you will probably have to take out student loans and the interest will have a marginal decrease on the savings.
If you live near MSMC and think you can handle the one year program, I would say do that. MSMC makes great nurses and has the best reputation around. If you chose MSMC make sure you live near the campus, sitting in hours of traffic before and after school for an entire year can break you. If you are unsure if you can handle the MSMC workload, don't want to pay student loans for 10-20 years, and want a more relaxed school environment (and you can work while attending WGU), then I would chose WGU. You just have to decide which of the two fits you best. WGU nurses get hired very easily, I personally know of some at Cedars Sinai and Kaiser.