I, out of necessity, will have to pay out-of-pocket for school. Because of this, I am looking at applying to ADN programs. Fortunately, they're pretty inexpensive here in TX. Now until I leave my current job in January for school I will set aside my quarterly bonuses for school. They should pay for at least 3 of 4 semesters. I'm just worried about paying for everything and the only thing I need to focus on is getting in, staying in and finishing. Is it true that some hospitals hire nursing students as "techs" that perform duties somewhere between CNA and LVN? If so, how much schooling must be complete prior to even applying?I understand that I'm not in school yet. But I believe that getting this ironed out beforehand is important. I do not like waiting until the last minute to get finances sorted out.