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63K ABSN - Yes or No?

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by Cmor Cmor (New) New

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I'm trying to figure out if I'm in a good position to take on an ABSN at a private college - Or what other alternatives might be better for me to pursue.

 

About myself:

Going back to school as a 30 year old, This would be my 2nd degree, First one was in Hotel Management however seems with the way things are hospitality will be down for awhile. Nursing has been a desire of mine for years, after recently being furloughed now is the time if any for me to pursue it! 

I found a program that would allow me to finish relatively quickly in 12 months with the total amount equaling 63K (books included). I don't have any existing debt and have about 45k in savings. However the thought of spending 63k on a BSN is still a little scary. I've been living on my own since my first degree 10 years ago, though would bite the bullet and move back in with family to save while completing the ABSN. 

I've done research into other programs in the area, however this one requires the least amount of pre-reqs (only 4) and can allow me to really get right in from the get-go and finish in the most timely manner.

What are your thoughts? Go for it or continue to explore other nursing options? Any feedback would be most appreciated.

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Enarra has 8 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Ambulatory Primary Care.

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If it were me I’d save that $63K as a Downpayment for an apt or house.    I would enroll in a community college nearby do an associates in nursing graduate take state boards, start working and then finish the BSN online or in person at an in state college.  Sure the prerequisites might take longer but you’d save a ton of money.   My $6000 associates in nursing degree will earn the same amount as that $63k BSN.   

Good luck

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That's a really high price for a nursing program.  I wouldn't pay that unless I were rich or had no other alternatives.  Now is a great time to research different programs.  Many states have community colleges with stellar reputations and low price tags.  Yes, the good programs tend to be competitive, but please at least look into them. 

Alternately, have you looked to see what your state universities might offer?  My state has two ABSN programs at public universities.  

It might also be possible for you to gain admission to a state school as an undergraduate transfer student in the traditional nursing program.  It would probably be about 2 years (plus prerequisites) to go that route, but you'd come out of it with a much cheaper BSN.  Lots of people overlook this option because they're looking for a self-contained program, like an ABSN, but a little more digging on your part might find a reputable affordable option.

Before you plunk down that kind of cash on an ABSN, look to see what other options are out there.  

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How much will you lose by taking an extra year to graduate? That’s the trade off between the absn vs the ADN, assuming you have the ability to complete the absn. 

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63k for a 12-month program is about average - for an accredited program at a reputable school. Mine is more expensive than that, and some even go over 100k. It is 100% a question of how valuable your time is to you and how quickly you need this done. For me, the steep price was worth it, as I cannot afford to be in school for x amount of years. Similar to you, I did not have debt from my first degree. There are so many options out there, and all the PPs are right in saying there are cheaper, slower programs, that will ultimately lead to the same outcome. I’m just saying it’s OK to take the quick/expensive route too; quite a few do, because that is what works best for our specific situations. Hope this helps 

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