I have a decision to make on whether to stay in the current program I am in or transfer to a better program. I'm in my 1st semester of nursing school and I'm doing well in the program I am in, but I know it's not the greatest program in the world. So my question is, does it really matter what program you go to, as long as you do well in the program and graduate? I keep thinking, "Upon graduation, will I be prepared to take care of patients efficiently if I stay in this current program?" The program I am in now is close to home, and if I were to travel and transfer to the better program (which is hands down, a better program), it will put financial strain on our family and be hard on us, but if going to this program could make me a more efficient nurse upon graduation, I would make that sacrifice. I just don't know if it is even worth it in the end, because I have heard you learn most things after you graduate and start working as a nurse, so my question is, does it really matter where you graduate from? Would you transfer to a better program if you had the opportunity? Or would you stay put at the current program you are in because you will learn so much more once you graduate and start working. By the way, both programs NCLEX results are nearly the same. The only huge difference is the better program has a higher student retention rate than the program I am currently in.