1. Hello. I have just graduated high school and I have always been interested in being a registered nurse. I want my BSN but I am so confused on what to do. I was thinking about going to a community college and continue taking my general classes there and then transferring to West Coast University but then I didn't want to waste my 2-3 years at community college when I can just go to WCU and get my BSN in 3 years and just have a student loan for more than 100k. But I don't know that if I do just go to WCU, will I learn everything there or do I need some sort of classes I need to take before going there? because I don't really know how it works or if I need to know specific things before going there. I know some people who told me if I go there for 3 years they will teach me everything I need to know even if I dont know everything but I don't know if thats true or not. I just need some help and opinions from other people. Thank you
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  3. by   Toadette
    Student loans of more than 100k is pretty excessive. One option is to complete the RN program at your local community college. When you're finished, you can earn your BSN from any number of reputable programs for a fraction of the price.

    Best of luck to you!
  4. by   meanmaryjean
    PLEASE do not go to WCU. The crushing student loan debt will severely impact every area of your life forndecades to come..

    Do you know a nurse you.can talk to about this? If not, please use the searxh feature tonexplore this forum further and read some basics on becoming an RN.

    Once you have 15 posts, you are welcome to PM me and I'd be happy to provide some.guidance.
  5. by   NursePollyPocket
    As a WCU graduate, I can tell you that the student loan is hefty but not crippling.the school is amazing and you will graduate prepared to pass your NCLEX and more importantly prepared to dive into the field.
    It isn't an easy program, but hard work and dedication will ensure your success. You can take your general education at a CC and transfer them but honestly, just do them at West Coast. It will help prepare you for the pace of the core program.
  6. by   Oldmahubbard
    I could not imagine how it could possibly make any sense to take on such debt for any RN or BSN program. CC is usually inexpensive. Those classes are not a waste. You could get your ADN there, start working and take BSN classes, one a semester, and pay for a lot of it as you go along. You are young enough that the time factor doesn't matter.

    In nursing, where one goes to school is irrelevant, as long as the program is accredited.

    Debt like that would be crushing, despite relatively good job prospects.
  7. by   Oldmahubbard
    I went to a CC. Back in the day, they took almost everyone, including people who just barely got their high school diploma.

    About 50% of the class dropped out in the first semester, but of the remainder, about 55 students, and all passed the NCLEX with one exception. And we knew she wouldn't pass, because she struggled so intensely and had poor self esteem.