This may be beating a dead horse, but I'm really conflicted about what course to take. I'm one of those "golden, oldie, moldie" students and am plotting a course for a second career in nursing. Many years back, nursing or medicine was my choice but I got sidetracked by marriage, family, divorce. Now it's time to go back to that dream. In the interim, I have finished my bachelor's degree. Since some of my science classes are dated, I'm taking them over again at a community college. So far, I have a 4.0. (Go me!)
The dilemma is which path to take next and since application deadlines are looming, I have to make a decision. I went ahead and applied to the ADN program at my CC but they give preference to applicants who have already finished their prereq. and they do NOT consider classes that are in progress. I included a note in my application basically saying, please look closer at my application, but I don't know if that will help.
The ADN program will be (a) less expensive and since I'll have all the non-nursing courses finished it will be (b) hopefully less stressful since I'll be taking only 8-10 hours per semester. However, I wonder about the quality of the education and why I'd spend 2 years getting an AD when I already have a BA.
There are a couple other options in my area. A couple schools offer accelerated second degree BSN programs. One at an expensive private school but students are automatically given an 80% tuition scholarship
if they agree to work for a very renowned hospital for 2 years following graduation. Even with the 80% scholarship, the remaining tuition is $8,000 plus books, living expenses, etc. I don't have a trust fund or a significant other to help fund my education. It's all on me and I know student loans will be limited.
The second accelerated program is with a state school and I have a feeling I would be better able to fund that with scholarships
and loans. Also a good school though not as "high falutin'" as the private school.
The third accelerated program is further away, also a very renowned private school but not as expensive as the private school. They don't have any scholarship relationship with any hospital that I'm aware of. They are twice as expensive as the state school. Less expensive than the other private school but unless there's some scholarship I'm not aware of, cost to me may end up being more.
And then there's the issue of the accelerated program being more intense. I'm one of those people used to excelling in school but I know the program is going to be tough for me at my age. I also will need to work in order to support myself. That's probably the only reason I'd consider the ADN over the accelerated program: cost of the program overall would be about half the state school. But it would take me twice as long and I'd end up with an ADN instead of a BSN. Oh, also the two private schools also offer an accelerated BSN/MSN option which would allow me to get my BSN and MSN within 2 years.
My head hurts trying to figure out all these different options. Do I just apply to all of them, see what happens with scholarships and finances and then decide?