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Hello, everyone!

I have been a reader of this site for many years and I decided to join because I am in desperate need of some advice and I really value your opinions because, well, you guys have been through it!

Basically, I have two choices on which school to attend and it is driving me bonkers!

Option 1 is a private school that is a bit costly. It is an ADN program that I have already been accepted to. The issue is that it is about 2 hours away from my home. Quite the commute! Class is 1-2 days a week, though, and the lectures are all online. And, yes, it is accredited.

Option 2 is a BSN program about 1 mile from my house. I have been accepted for pre-nursing classes, but not accepted to the Nursing Program. It is VERY competitive to get into the Nursing Program at this school. I have a lot of my general classes done and I have a 3.6 GPA. I would still need a few more classes, and I would hopefully be able to raise my GPA with those so that I have a fighting chance in getting into the program.

With Option 1, I would be done with school in 15 months. So the commute wouldn't be for too long. It would also be a sure thing since I am already accepted into that program. Option 2 would take me at least 4 years.

I'm kind of scared that I won't get into the Option 2 school and that really freaks me out.

Does anyone have any opinions? I'd love to hear them! Thanks in advance, everyone! I really appreciate it!

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CrunchRN has 25 years experience as a ADN, RN and specializes in Clinical Research, Outpt Women's Health.

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What is the total price difference between them?

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RunBabyRN has 2 years experience and specializes in L&D, infusion, urology.

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Is the ADN program through a tech school? If so, I would strongly urge you to avoid it at all costs. Are there no prereqs for it?

What is the market like where you live? Is there a preference for BSN-prepared nurses? Will other schools accept the ADN from that school? If it's through a tech school, most likely, the answer is no. Additionally, many places won't hire nurses from tech schools, because most tech schools have poor reputations.

What state are you in, if I may ask? A 3.6 GPA is competitive in some places, and not in others.

In general, I recommend most people apply anywhere and everywhere they'd consider, but if you do an ADN program, make sure you can then bridge to BSN. Otherwise, it's a big waste of money and time.

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classicdame is a MSN, EdD and specializes in Hospital Education Coordinator.

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consider this option: Get your license with the ADN degree (Option 1) then take a bridge program to get your BSN. Many are online.

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Farawyn has 25 years experience and specializes in A little bit of everything..

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#2. One stop shopping.

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