I really want to start a nursing program as soon as I can. My youngest will be starting kindergarten in the fall, so I'm ready to get my career started. I am planning to work as a CNA while I'm waiting to start school and then while in school. My plan was to get my LPN and then work as an LPN while going to school for my RN. I do however have 121 semester hours of college, but it is mostly general education and sociology classes. I don't have chemistry or anatomy. My sciences were geology and environmental. So, I'm not sure if I decided to go the BSN route instead how long total it would take.
Are BSN programs faster to get into? Are there 4 years of clinicals, or just a couple? Would it be possible to finish a BSN in 2 years if I did have enough transfer credits from my prior college?
All of the RN programs I've looked into have massive wait lists. And after reading a previous post about Herzing's accredidation, not to mention outrageous tuition, I've decided against that route.
Any advice would be great! I wouldn't mind traveling a couple times a week w/in about an hour of Madison a couple times a week for classes, but would prefer to stay closer w/ gas prices the way they are!
I know that all 3 hospitals are still hiring new grads, i heard a rumor that uw is hiring cnas right now
im never had much luck getting into the hospitals as a cna but i didn't try that hard as i work agency and that works really well for me to not have a set schedule. Im starting the accelerated oshkosh 2nd degree nursing program in a month. I also was accepted (but obviously am declining) into matc/reedsburg adn program for august. I was willing to drive the hour to get in sooner the wait is between 0-1 years depending where you fall on the lottery. Good Luck!!!
eta I took a few classes at Moraine technical college. I liked their format they are much more lax and accomodating than matc , but their nclex pass rates have struggled in past years. i would have applied there as well had i realized beaver dam was so close when i started the process. im just really excited i got my first choice.
I also went to the herzing meeting 2 or 3 years ago and i was annoyed that they didn't tell you ahead of time that its over 30,000 for their adn program. that is really questionable. anatomy and phyisology and all of the science classes will not transfer to any other college because they do not meet the requirements of other programs. (in person lab ect....) and they were not at all upfront about their accrediation at the time which makes me question their integrity on the other hand the nurse i worked with the other night LOVED the clinical group from there.
Last edit by rn2bnwi on Mar 25, '09