Hi, I live in Albemarle and will be in the LPN program this fall in Montogery County CC. I am trying to figure out how to pay for all this, I have two elderly parents I am caring for that live with me and I am working 6 days a week right now and am told this LPN is a full time deal and that I cannot work. When I finish taking the LPN course, I am going to take the LPN to RN trac but have to take this in steps because of my parents. it seems most of the finacial aid is for RNs. Please share info if you have any ideas.
Apr 26, '07
You have been correctly advised - LPN school will require your full attention and is a full time job in and of itself. You will not be able to successfully complete school (passing grades, keep up with all the clinical paperwork, requirements) while working 6 days a week. In fact, to attend classroom lectures and clinicals, you will not be able to work weekdays at all. And, most programs will not allow you to work the night/ evenings before clinicals. I think your best course of action is to explore loans that you can take out that will cover your expenses for an entire year. Please see the financial advisor at Montgomery CC ASAP. Wishing you the best - Please keep us posted
Apr 26, '07
There were several students in my nursing class (RN) that successfully worked full-time and cared for children while attending school. However, they had to arrange their work schedule around all classes, clinicals, and other responsibilities. (Of course, having to work is not a valid excuse for being absent from class/clinical.) I can't imagine how they did it -- for me, just attending class and studying took up almost all my time -- but it worked for them. Every person is different.
I would suggest having a plan in place should you find working and nursing school too much to handle at once. Like the previous person suggested, how about finding out about a loan? Many nursing jobs offer loan repayment programs in exchange for employment after graduation. Also, some hospitals offer scholarships
to attend nursing school if you agree to work there when you graduate.
May 9, '07
I will also enter the LPN program at MCC this fall.
Hope to see you there. Also live in albemarle.
Do you currently work in healthcare????? Have you asked your employer about possible assistance??
And definitely talk with financial aid at the college.