All right! I need your expert help. I have decided to enter nursing school. However, I need to go part-time as I have to take care of my mother during the day. There do not seem to be a lot of part-time nursing programs in Massachusetts. I have a B.A. in Psychology and have not completed my pre-reqs yet.(although I did 15 years ago, but they don't transfer!) I've applied to Laboure College (ADN Program), Brockton School of Nursing(diploma with optional ADN) and Mass Bay Community College(ADN Program). Laboure and Brockton will admit without having prereqs completed although I don't know if they have waiting lists. Mass Bay will admit to general studies while you work on the prereqs and then go on their wait list. There is also a path at Quincy College I could do. Get my LPN in two years(part-time) then do their lpn to ADN in one year. (part-time). They have a RN program but there is a wait list and you have to have prereqs done before applying. I think Laboure and Brockton will take 4 years while the LPN to RN will only take three. I would go for a BSN , but they are all full time! What are your thoughts people? I am 43 and not getting any younger!
Apr 13, '07
I wouldn't waste my time with the LPN route. Go straight for the RN route. I'm not sure where you live, but Middlesex CC has a PT program that is excellent, and I believe UMass has PT options as well.
Apr 13, '07
Lawrence Memorial / Regis College has an evening / weekend program. I believe you do not to have most of the pre reqs done. Also, this is noted to be a part time program, but I have found it to be anything but that.
Apr 13, '07
Lawrence Memorial, and Middlesex are too far from my home( I am in Walpole). I looked at UMASS but they don't have part-time for an RN. I wish that 4 year colleges would have a part-time evening program but according to the Mass Board of Nursing there are none. My Choices I guess will be these. Brockton School of Nursing, Laboure, or Quincy LPN which I don't have to take prereqs again to get in(Mine are over 10 years). The other option around here would be MassBay(damn prereqs before acceptance), or Massasoit (I will just have to take Biological Concepts). I want to get an RN as fast as I can going evenings and weekends so it is all going to be based on prereqs and waiting lists. I hate the fact how nursing programs have changed since I last attempted. Back in the 80's and 90's there were no prereqs to apply to school. It really makes no sense to me, since each requires a little different prereqs. I also don't know why A and P now requires a biology prereq. When I took them before this was not the case. It would be so much better if the schools offered a full program from the beginning. I hate this "come to our school and take courses and then see if you are accepted into our program... oh and by the way there is a waiting list". This really needs fixing. Accept me or not. Period.
Apr 13, '07
Brockton Hospital has a little over a year wait. However, with a prior degree you have a better chance of securing a spot as an alternate if someone should back out. Good program, great teachers, however a little expensive, but worth it.
Apr 14, '07
I think that many school would agree with you about forgoing waiting lists, etc but given the number of applicants and faculty shortages that is just the way it has to be for now.
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