Is $40 Grand too much for an Associate Degree... - page 3

Hi for the last 3 yrs been trying to get myself into a nursing program with little success. I am looking into a private school to achieve my degree. Cost is about $3500 a semester. Have 5... Read More

  1. by   HalfBoiled
    ADN > no degree.

    If it beyond your power to obtain a BSN, an ADN will suffice.
  2. by   Froggybelly
    I would do whatever it takes to get into the best program you can. Coincidentally, the highest quality education is very likely not the most expensive option, by far. I would attend an excellent community college that is difficult to get into, preferably in a cohort, then bridge to a solid RN-BSN program. I would personally not go to a school that is two days per week, because you need contact with other students and professors to solidify your informal professional nursing development. [If you are already in a closely-related field, this would be an exception.] I would absolutely not attend a for-profit college of nursing. If you cannot get into a solid RN program, look at a state school or private not-for-profit entry level BSN.
  3. by   RavenRipley
    That is a huge amount of money, but it will pay off.
  4. by   matiny10
    No i dont think so. Of course education overall is expensive. Im paying 67k for a BSN program, but i thought you know what ill be a nurse and make that money back in no time. We cant tell you want to do, but if you want to go ahead instead of waiting. I suggest you do it. 40k is what i would pay if i went to a normal university.
  5. by   JustBeachyNurse
    If you already have a Bachelors you will be ineligible for Pell grant. Same if you have too many attempt/completed undergrad credits. Your loan options will be limited also regardless of what you used for your previous education. Private loans are rarely a good choice plus no graduated payments,no deferments, no subsidized interest, no consolidation. Think hard. .
  6. by   TruvyNurse
    Yea!! Lol that is more than my graduate program! Lordy
  7. by   Kayauhs
    DON'T DO IT.

    In the very rural area where I live, nearly all the RN's are ADNs and it puts us all at a major disadvantage. We are continuously unable to apply for a wide variety of jobs because we don't have BSN's.

    A major care provider in our area refuses to pay ADN's higher than LPNs!

    For that much $$ wait and get into a really good 4-year college, something you can be proud of and something that you can build on toward your eventual masters.

    Besides that? our state's Board of Nursing only recognizes a few online providers to do the accelerated RN to BSN course. The tech college that I went to promoted how easy it was to transfer credits and then when people went ahead and tried it very few credits transferred. Very disappointing.

    AND??? If you go ahead and get your ADN and start working you will be making way too much $$ to qualify for many of the scholarships and aide that you could be eligible for now.

    If I had to do this all over again I would never get an ADN.
  8. by   Kayauhs
    P.S. Go to your state's Board of Nursing site and look under either FAQs or something along those lines and they will have a list
    of board approved education providers. Keep the board happy and you will always be happy.