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Humber PN or Ryerson RN?

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Hi I'm an international student living in Toronto, Canada and currently a high school student. I've received a conditional offer for nursing from both Humber college and Ryerson university. The offer from Humber is for PN 2-year program and Ryerson, of course, is for 4-year RN program. I've seriously considering both sides (college and uni) over 1 year, but I've not made a decision on where to go. It's almost end of April and now I really have to choose one of them.. To be honest, I've been strongly attracted by advantages of starting PN first (experience, cheaper tuition fee, short length,,), but I heard that there are some strict requirements such as good GPA and no any failed/repeated courses during PN program to be eligible for bridging RPN to RN program later. When I first got to know about this, I was very shocked, I understand though because I've also heard it is highly competitive.

I know that wherever I choose to go, I would have to work hard but I'm just worried what if I would not retain satisfactory GPA or even fail any course at college. What happens in that case? I guess upgrading is not possible then because it says "no repeated courses", right?

My goal is to be a RN anyway, so I'm pretty sure that I will pursue the bridging program if I get into Humber. Unfortunately cuz I'm neither a permanent resident nor citizen here, I have lots of restrictions.. like visa issue and financial concerns

Could you guys give any advice for me plz!

I would go for what you eventually WANT, which is the RN. There is nothing wrong with PN, especially if you have a family to support along the way and want to take a bridge program later, which is MUCH more flexible.

However, you are YOUNG. I would go for the regular 4 year program.

You can't sit around worrying about future failures. If you are a good student and commit to staying on top of your studies, success will likely be the outcome. If you are worried about your academic abilities/need a slower pace, then you will need to address that.

Don't worry about the "what-if" situations right now. I used to be exactly like you, and I worried myself out of starting my path to nursing 10 years ago when I should have. Like you, I feared I would fail some classes, but also wondered what if I kill someone, or just overall am too incapable of being a nurse. It's good to have a LITTLE fear to keep you on your toes (hopefully you have less than I did, I was downright anxious), but don't let that hold you back!

4 years seems like a long time, but it's not. It'll fly by.

Ultimately, nobody can tell you what will be best for YOU, but if I were in your shoes that's what I would do. My good friend chose LPN early on because she had a son VERY young (I think she was 17) and just got her BSN this past year at 26, so that path ended up working for her.

Thank you so much for your kind and warm comment. You're absolutely right! I think I have had too much worries beforehand. By the way, may I ask you why you'd go for the 4 year program directly in the case of young age? Does it help in some way?