Hi All--Here's my situation in a nutshell...
I got my B.S. in Biology w/ a Chemistry minor about seven years ago. Now I'm going back to school to become a nurse. I'm looking to get an ADN instead of a BSN b/c schools in my area that offer offer the BSN 1) are expensive 2) would require me to repeat all my Bio and Chem classes. Also, I just don't care that much about being a BSN. RN sounds great to me b/c I'm looking for that one-on-one patient contact anyway. :wink2:
Now, regarding the ADN degree:
I'm starting this semester at a community college to get some prereqs out of the way. Once I get those done I can apply to the community college's nursing program which will take two full calendar years to complete. Also, b/c some nursing students drop in-and-out on semesters, some classes could possibly fill up quickly, leaving me out and delaying my graduation even longer.
Or I could just take my prereqs at the community college like I'm doing now, then when I get those out of the way I could go to a local private for-profit school (that is double the cost of the community college) but would allow me to finish only one year after I start.
What do you guys think? Is it worth DOUBLE the money to get out a year quicker? Or is there so much info flying at you so fast in nursing school that I'll be happier at the community college with the slower pace with more time to study and really get a hold on every concept?
I'm torn b/c I'd really like to get out of school and start bringing in an income as soon as possible (my husband and I are living off of his ONE income and it is sooo hard to make ends meet. So the private, for-profit school sounds good.)
But then on the other hand I've had such good experiences with community colleges in the past (teachers and staff are nice and actually care about students getting their education, and it's cheaper) that I really think if I need help on some concepts the teachers at the community college would be more supportive than at the private for-profit school.
BTW---Both schools are accredited so that's not an issue.
I keep telling myself that I can go to the private for-profit school as long as I know from the beginning that it will be really fast and that I must totally rely on myself for understanding of all concepts and not look for too much help from instructors b/c the class will be moving so fast.
But on the other hand I tell myself that if I go to the community college I get more time to better explore and understand the info thats coming at me. And that they are there to support the students in the community, not JUST get a hold of their financial aid checks.
Other nursing students: Which path did you pick and why?
Current RNs: With your experience level as a nurse, which path would you recommend?
Any and all responses are welcomed, and thanks in advance guys!