First of all, this appears to be a really neat and lively website for everything nursing. I appreciate the opportunity to ask this question:
My 21 year old daughter is a junior on an academic scholarship
at the University of Central Arkansas, and is trying to get into their nursing program:
They only accept applications once a year, in the Spring, with those being accepted starting the following fall. She applied last year. She had a 3.2 GPA at the time she applied, and she scored a 92 on their entrance exam. But it wasn't enough. She was put on a list with about 30 people ahead of her, from which the program would draw if any of the students accepted into the program declined the acceptance. She was never called.
Now she is applying again. This semester she is taking some health-related courses that can go toward a general health sciences degree because she has finished all of ger gen-ed requirements.
Nobody in my family is in any health-related profession, so decided to try here to get some guidance/opinions as to what she should do.
There are RN diploma programs in Little Rock, about 30 miles away, but her scholarship wouldn't transfer.
If she is not accepted this time, should she simply continue there at UCA in some other degree track, get her BS in something, and then go somewhere else to nursing school? If so, is there a good degree to get that would benefit her later as a nurse.
I currently live in Buffalo, NY, and I think the University at Buffalo (UB) has a good nursing program. Of course her scholarship wouldn't transfer here, and she would have to pay out-of-state tuition rates. (Money is definitely a problem. Do lots of people go into debt with student loans for nursing school?) If she is not accepted this time at UCA, should she get the heck out of there and try to find a nursing program elsewhere.
Are there hospitals that will pay tuition in exchange for work committments?
One other, somewhat unrelated question: We've heard that the staff at the UCA nursing program is downright brutal to their students -- almost as if they try to run them off. Is that the norm? Is that something to do with weeding out those who may not be able to handle the pressure of nursing?
Any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
I'll sit back and read your responses.