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by Beldar_the_Cenobite Beldar_the_Cenobite (Platinum*) Platinum*

Beldar_the_Cenobite works as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

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I have a question for you all.

I plan on studying for the TEAS entrance exam soon and the program I'd like to enter has a part-time program. I'm wondering if it's doable or easier if you work full-time than doing full-time or accelerated nursing school while working full-time. If things go my way I can work either part-time or full-time. I'd like to do part-time nursing school because I'd like to take my time with it.

By the way, I have no kids, no pets, and no spouse, just myself.

Would you recommend part-time for all nursing programs? Or is accelerated better? I'm still looking into doing the van thing where I'm literally paying almost nothing in rent. Part-time nursing school is beginning to look more like the attractive option, especially since I have a lot of student loan debt.

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queencityRN has 4 years experience.

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Only you know what you can handle. I didn't do the accelerated route, but I know a lot of people who did and a lot of them struggled. If you pick up on things quickly, then you should be fine. If you know you're going to work, then do the part time. Nursing school is time consuming. Just don't let it drag on so long that you lose interest. Good luck!

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Meriwhen is a ASN, BSN, RN and works as a Psychiatric sheep...er, nurse.

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I've never heard of a part-time prelicensure nursing program. I've also never heard of a pre-licensure nursing program where you can go at your own pace.

But who knows in this world?

If you do find such a nursing program, be sure to check that it reputable, approved by your state's Board of Nursing AND is accredited by either NLNAC or CCNE/ACEN. If it doesn't meet all three criteria, you could be throwing away both time and money.

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You may also want to consider the opportunity cost of lost rn income, if you go part time. It's in your best interest to go full time if you can afford it.

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I think you are searching for the proverbial unicorn.

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NICUismylife is a ADN, BSN, RN and works as a NICU RN.

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I've never heard of a part-time prelicensure nursing program. I've also never heard of a pre-licensure nursing program where you can go at your own pace.

But who knows in this world?

If you do find such a nursing program, be sure to check that it reputable, approved by your state's Board of Nursing AND is accredited by either NLNAC or CCNE/ACEN. If it doesn't meet all three criteria, you could be throwing away both time and money.

^^^ This.

If this is in fact a reputable program, you need to consider how much $ you will miss out on by delaying obtaining your RN license. For example, just to use round numbers, if you are making $30k a year now, and you will be making $60k as a new-grad RN, and you choose to attend school part-time over 4 years vs. full-time over 2 years, you will lose $60k in income over those two years. Depending on your actual numbers, it could be a substantial financial loss if you choose the part-time route.

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RNperdiem has 14 years experience.

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Not all nursing schools are going to have a part-time option.

It isn't easy, but working full-time and going to school full-time is an option if you have the right job, motivation and energy level.

My sister went to community college during the day, worked 12 hour weekends and a couple of 8-hour night shifts during the week and graduated debt free. It was possible because she was young, single and found an apartment with low rent. The job was as an aide with a teenage psych facility. On good nights, the kids all slept and there was time to study.

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sunny3811 has 10 years experience and works as a LPN.

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I've never heard of a part-time prelicensure nursing program. I've also never heard of a pre-licensure nursing program where you can go at your own pace.

But who knows in this world?

If you do find such a nursing program, be sure to check that it reputable, approved by your state's Board of Nursing AND is accredited by either NLNAC or CCNE/ACEN. If it doesn't meet all three criteria, you could be throwing away both time and money.

The school I go to has a part time ADN program. Instead of taking a full load of classes the students only do one class. For example, our program has Med/Surg I and Mental Health in the same semester. The part time student will do Med/Surg and the next semester will do Mental Health. Yes, my program is accredited. The school does a part-time program for those that need to work full time, and those that do want a slower pace. I almost considered doing it with my bridge program, but I had an opportunity to go full-time.

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