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Carrington to Chamberlain- good choice?

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I am scheduled to start at Carrington on December 5, will do the 2 year RN program and then continue my RN to BSN online after. I originally planned to do the GCC/NAU concurrent program but with my age (35) and current familial status (recently and unexpectedly single with 3 kids/one of which is disabled) I really need to Start working as soon as possible. I am getting nervous and am hoping to get some input on the Carrington program, and also want to make sure that potential employers don't look down on a degree from Carrington/Chamberlain vs. a university. I know the cost of Carrington is ridiculous compared to other programs, but I have decided the benefit of working sooner and having the stress of nursing school over quicker is worth it for my family. I appreciate all input- thank you.

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I may be starting with you....possibly different semester.

I'm scared of getting into a money pit that would be due to a school close or lose accrediting/board privileges before graduation.

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Buyer beware has 40 years experience as a BSN and specializes in GENERAL.

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I am scheduled to start at Carrington on December 5, will do the 2 year RN program and then continue my RN to BSN online after. I originally planned to do the GCC/NAU concurrent program but with my age (35) and current familial status (recently and unexpectedly single with 3 kids/one of which is disabled) I really need to Start working as soon as possible. I am getting nervous and am hoping to get some input on the Carrington program, and also want to make sure that potential employers don't look down on a degree from Carrington/Chamberlain vs. a university. I know the cost of Carrington is ridiculous compared to other programs, but I have decided the benefit of working sooner and having the stress of nursing school over quicker is worth it for my family. I appreciate all input- thank you.

OP: I don't know the particulars of your situation except that with all due respect and concern for the awesome task you have before you, you seem to possess the one fatal flaw that will destroy you if you give in to its impulse. That flaw is desperation.

There is no shortcut to get to where you want to be in nursing without going through the process of becoming an RN in a measured and methodical manner.

To obtain your education wisely and in the most cost effective manner possible you should stay away from the loan you up to the gills for-profit schools that advertise themselves with come-on lines like "call today and enroll" as the Carrington schools do. That kind of marketing is better left to the carnival barkers of the world than reputable institutions of post secondary education.

My suggestion would be to take this one step at a time and go to a significantly less expensive community college and slowly but cautiously take the necessary prerequisite courses you'll need to apply to nursing school. This way if push comes to shove and you have to take a break in your studies for some reason you'll owe thousands instead of tens of thousands in loans which I'm assuming you will be using to pay your way.

If you do it this way you will have the satisfaction of knowing that like the turtle and not the hare you will finish the race.

Carrington and Chamberlain (DeVry) give me the creeps because most people that go to these schools are sold a bill of goods that not to worry they will help you obtain the expensive loans to pay your way.

This kind of "loan help" is what has financially ruined legions of single moms down through the years. You can be a RN but these people are not your friends.

It's not that they don't educate most do. It's just that they are expensive, warm body recruiting business entities with sub-par graduation and retention and precarious financial underpinnings. You may know about ITT tech and Corinthian but there are others some of which have ads on "allnurses" that are experiencing drastic curtailment in recruiting, lawsuits and what they call burdensome regulations really in place to help students avoid being left high and dry when they pick up and close shop without notice.

You can go to (collegescorecard.ed.gov) to look at schools and hopefully make an informed decision free of the for-profit academic (marketing) advisers.

Good luck with this and be careful.

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I just heard I got an early seat to start in April. Im super excited. Have you started yet? Any input?

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