I'm looking into Nursing as a second career, and am starting my pre-reqs at Portland Community College... they have a Nursing Lottery to enter the ASN program, so my questions are these:
1. Once I'm done with my pre-reqs in a year and apply to the ASN at the Comm. College, if I don't get in, what would you recommend I do?
Apply to everything. That is what I did. I was accepted to 4 local programs my first year.
2. Does anyone recommend going for a LPN diploma, work and do the LPN-RN bridge instead of sitting around waiting for entry into ASN? I think, an LPN takes 1 year, a RN takes 2 years and my BSN took 18 mo. (accelerated program). Most hospitals (At least OHSU and LHS, do not take LPNs but many function independently in geriatric facilities.)
3. Should I just bite the bullet and transfer my pre-reqs and get into University Nursing school and get a BSN... the only issue I have with this route is the time it takes to get a BSN. I have a Master's in Communication, and don't want to spend 3-4 years in school!! By the time you do your prerequ, it is usually 1 year, full-time (stats, 1 yr chem, 1 yr A&P, 1 psych class, 1 speech, etc...) at least 18 mo-2 years ASN/BSN.
We don't have an accelerated BSN program locally in Portland, OR, i think. I believe Linfield, OHSU, U of P. I did Linfield's accelerated BSN program. I was accepted to OHSU's accelerated BSN and accelerated CNM Midwifery program and Clark Community College ASN when I was going to nursing school. Hope that helps. I think that some new schools like George Fox and Concordia have started straight 4 year programs but I am unsure.