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Am I making the right choice?

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Become CNA or Pursue A.S. (currently in college)

  1. 1. Become CNA or Pursue A.S. (currently in college)

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      Become CNA first
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      Keep Pursuing ADN to become RN

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I just started my first semester getting my prerequisites out of the way to be accepted in to their A.S. Nursing program(ADN) at SCF.

In a few of my classes I have talked to some of the students that are also a CNA or LVN pursuing to become an RN. They usually ask why I didn't become a CNA/LVN prior to starting my classes to become an RN. Did I make the wrong choice? I know the CNA program at MTI is about $1.5k and passes fairly quickly, but does it make a huge difference whether I go straight from CNA -> RN instead of non-med -> RN?

When I finish the A.S. degree I will also be taking the RN-BSN classes part time.

Um..... what difference does it make whether you were a CNA first or not? I am in a nursing school that has a dual degree program (for people who have a degree in something else and are doing nursing as a second career.) These people range from high school math teachers to police officers all returning to school to become an RN (mind you they have no prior medical experience). It does not matter if you were a CNA prior to becoming an RN. Are you making the right choice: I don't see why not.

NurseGirl525, ASN, RN

Specializes in ICU.

Started my first day of the RN program today. No previous medical experience. We are doing fundamentals right now. This class is 4 weeks long and covers the fundamentals of nursing which is what a CNA does. So the people that are Cnas know approximately 4 weeks more than me right now. In 5 weeks we will be on even ground. Plus, right now the RN and LPN students are together. We do not split off until next semester. So, it's not really a big deal as far as I can see.

Um..... what difference does it make whether you were a CNA first or not? I am in a nursing school that has a dual degree program (for people who have a degree in something else and are doing nursing as a second career.) These people range from high school math teachers to police officers all returning to school to become an RN (mind you they have no prior medical experience). It does not matter if you were a CNA prior to becoming an RN. Are you making the right choice: I don't see why not.

Thanks for your reply, They made it seem like it was a bad thing that I had no medical experience and I wasn't sure what to think about it. Your response was great.

Sometimes people get an inflated sense of self. Carry on.