Hi everyone! :) I'm new on here and just started posting. I've been a paramedic for about 10 years now, am transitioning to nursing, and am about done with my prerecs. I'm keeping my 4.0 so far, and don't plan on losing it. I missed this application cycle by only 3 credits!!!! I now have to wait until next year to apply to schools for possible entry in the fall of 2012. :devil: I plan on applying to OHSU, CCC, PCC, and MHCC, and possibly UP, Linfield, and Clark College in Vancouver, depending on how much time I have to complete the extra prerecs required by those programs. I took pre-req classes based on the OCNE model. Moving is not really an option for me, but I am determined to get into school by the fastest route possible, as my current job is taking its toll on my poor back (I know nursing can also be hard on your back, but not as bad as routinely extricating 300+ lb. patients from a car on its side in the rain can). I really want to get into critical care nursing here in the portland area, as CC is what most interests me, and it is what I thrive at my current job as well. I love taking care of critical patients. I was considering the online programs like excelsior and other programs where entry can be quicker, but am concerned this could hurt my chances of A) getting hired at an ICU; B) getting my BSN from OHSU, as that appears to be the best option for me for the BSN as I stay here in the Portland area. Am I right in thinking that I should avoid those online programs? Or are my fears unfounded and I should just get into a program as soon as possible? Any advice is appreciated and thanks for taking the time to read!