Quote from PalmHarborMom
I should mention that yes, you will bust your butt for your BSN at USF. BUT you will also have more opportunities with a BSN than a ADN here in the Tampa area. Many of the hospitals in the area are magnet status so having a BSN gives you a better shot at being hired at a top hospital in the area.
Thanks so much for the advice. Next semester I'll be taking all my pre reqs at SPC so I'm trying to get my CNA certification so that I can get some experience working as a CNA while taking my pre reqs. I'll only be going to school part time next year while working since I have to take certain classes before I can take others.
The reason I wanted to get my CNA certification was because I was reading the requirements for the accelerated program at USF and it said you need to submit a resume (to show experience I'm assuming), have competitive grades, and also submit a letter explaining why you would like to become a nurse. I figured if I had a little experience working as a CNA it would increase my chances of getting accepted into USF's nursing program.
If/when (staying positive
) I do get accepted into USF's program, I don't think I would work just because, like you said, it's such a heavy work load. So hopefully if all goes planned everything will work out!
I agree that there are and will be much more opportunities job wise if I were to get my BSN vs. my ADN so that is the goal!
I appreciate all your input and information. Any suggestions on how to increase my chances of getting into the USF nursing program or things I could do to get experience before I actually apply to the nursing program would help too!