ADN, BSN, ABSN, or MEPN?

  1. Hi!

    I would appreciate any feedback...

    I have my bachelors degree already in a non-nursing field, and have 27,000 student debt. I decided to pursue the nursing field, and have been finishing my nursing pre-reqs at my local community college. I've gotten A's in all the classes (just have microbe to finish over the summer).

    Now that I'm just about done with my pre-reqs, I'm thinking more about what would be the best program. Initially I was drawn to MEPN programs, but they are so expensive - range from $30K-$100K. The ABSN program at Samuel Merritt is around $75,000. And the tuition for an ADN program at community college may be covered since I get the BOG waiver. And then traditional BSN programs cost under $15K (I believe).

    So given my current undergrad debt and how I would need to take out loans to pay for nursing school, and I should also say I live in California so I'm worried about job prospects if I did go ADN route, any recommendations on the best program to pursue?

    I am open minded to working in different areas of nursing, but I am drawn to public health nursing or research nursing. Also I have about 6 months experience as a CNA in a SNF, and would not like to work there as an RN.

    Any guidance would be more than appreciated! I feel so lost considering all the options. Thank you!!!
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  3. by   mmc51264
    do the ADN (cheap) and then do an RN-BSN bridge after you get a job, I bet they pay for it. I did my RN-BSN in one calendar year and it cost me nothing. I have a biology degree and missed the deadline for absn but it was actually fortuitous. I ended up spending a lot less $$
  4. by   Jedrnurse
    Quote from mmc51264
    after you get a job, I bet they pay for it.
    That's very rare these days...
  5. by   klone
    What is MEPN?
  6. by   klone
    Quote from Jedrnurse
    That's very rare these days...
    Disagree. Most hospitals I'm familiar with still offer some sort of tuition reimbursement program.
  7. by   Pomfrey1227
    Definitely something worth considering as it is the most affordable option. I am just worried about finding a job after graduating an ADN program because seems like employers look more for BSN grads
  8. by   Pomfrey1227
    MEPN regarding entry level master's programs. After completion eligible to work as a Clinical Nurse leader
  9. by   meanmaryjean
    Quote from PomfreyRN
    MEPN regarding entry level master's programs. After completion eligible to work as a Clinical Nurse leader
    As many of us would ask- how can a new grad 'lead' anyone? Not a fan of such programs.
  10. by   klone
    How on earth can someone be a Clinical Nurse Leader when they've never been a nurse?
  11. by   Pomfrey1227
    Haha yeah definitely seems crazy to be a Clinical Nurse Leader as a new grad! But didn't know if having a Master's degree in Nursing would have a benefit here in California
  12. by   Nurseinprocess
    If you are not a fan of drowning in debt I would go the ADN then bridge to BSN route. You will save a lot of money. I disagree that most employers will pay for it, though. Some will give partial reimbursement (like $1,000 per semester) but nobody where I live is getting free BSN out of their employers. It can be done for less than $10,000, though. I have a coworker halfway done with her online BSN program and she paid $9,000 and some change for it.
  13. by   Pomfrey1227
    Would absolutely like to avoid drowning in debt, especially considering I have 27K in loans from my undergrad, and would have to take out more loans for ABSN or MEPN programs. Thank you for the feedback everyone!
  14. by   mmc51264
    My hospital has a $5250 allowance per calendar year. I attended a state university so it covered my tuition. All online, I rented books. They also offer tuition assistance if I go to the teaching hosp I work at (private). I really did end up not spending very much for ADN and then RN-BSN. no debt for sure.
    As part of retention and still being able to hire ADN nurses, there are some that offer reimbursement. Here in Eastern NC, HUGE nursing shortage. # level 1 trauma centers and all their satellite hospitals AND the clinics/urgent cares. ADN, Diploma, CMAs, desperate for CNAs too. Plus all the HH and rehab facilities.

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