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Accepted to 3 nursing schools: which school to attend?

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by laura11 laura11 (Member) Member

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Hi, I am so confused! I got accepted to all 3 schools I applied to, but i can't decide which one i should attend. The 1st school cost $185 a credit, about 40 mins from me and the classes start at 5.30 -7.50pm thurs, fri and all day sat. The 2nd one, starts at 5.30- 8.00 pm mon - wed and thurs 5.30 to 11.45 pm and it's 25 mins away, cost $138/cr. 3rd one ,wed 6-8.50 and mon & tues5-11 pm. it is 20mins away and cost $120/cr.

my problem is I work full time 8-4pm and I have 3 young kids, each one has something i can work with, unfortunately not in one package. Any suggestion will help, Thanks

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Quickly reading the 3 options you listed, I would take the one that is closest to you travel wise. It also appears to be the cheapest. You want to be as close as possible to home, should a problem arise with the children. Hope you make the decision without too much worry.

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Montessori Mommy specializes in L & D.

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Try to find out NCLEX passing rates for each school. There are five nursing schools in my area, but the passing rates vary greatly! Class size is also important, as well as number of clinical hours. Although there is a minimum number of clinical hours, you can't go wrong having more!

Best of luck with your decision!

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mercyteapot has 20 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Dev. Disabilities, Health Disparities.

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Personally, if I was sure I could make it the third program on time, I'd choose that one. It involves the least amount of time away from your kids- if they're young, it probably doesn't matter whether class is over at 8 or at 11; won't they be in bed by the time you arrive anyway? In program 3, you're away longer hours, but only for 3 nights. I'd avoid the Saturday program if you can. I think you'll like having that day free for family and study time.

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I agree with Montessori Mommy on this one. If the passing rate is low, that shows you there is something wrong with the program. Just because its closer or cheaper doesn't mean its the right school. It seems like a tough choice being so busy an all, but don't short change yourself.

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Your state's board of nursing website (google it) should have the NCLEX info for every accredited school in the state. Unless option #3 is 10 points or more lower than the other two though, or less than about 70% total, I would choose them. I agree that 3 days a week is better than 4, and that having crappy weekdays is better than having to be somewhere all day, 6 days a week. One other think to consider though - will you have any study time at work? What if all your exams are on Tuesdays? I'd be nervous about going to NS while working full time and with kids...I work 15 hours/week with no kids, and I study pretty much every minute. I know people on here have done it, but wow. They must literally give up all sleep until graduation.

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