I need advice. PLEASE ANY INPUT!!!

  1. Okay I have a H U G E dilemma. I have lets say ohhh 100+ hours. No degree. No associates. No bachelors. The reason I have so many hours is because I've taken all the prerequisites for multiple schools. They all want this..and they all want that. I have a 3.45 and most of my schools, and a 3.39 at one school due to the different prereqs. I'm torn between waiting a semseter to try to get into BSN programs for the Spring or going ahead and starting an Associate program. I don't want to know the differences between having an associate or bachelors, I just want to know what would you do. I have A's and mostly B's in all my prereqs. I R E A L L Y don't want to retake things like english, psy and soc etc classes over just to raise my gpa. Also there is no guarantee that I will get into those programs regardless if I retake those classes. Besides I have 12 Bs. So I would spend all summer and partly fall retaking those courses, which doesn't make sense for me to take them in the fall when the deadlines are in september and october. They would still go off of my current grades. There is no way for me to retake all those classes in the summer. I could only take a few, and with those only being 3 hours classes, it wouldn't raise my gpa up that much anyways. On the associate part.. like I said I have 100 hours. I feel like I would be going backwards. I feel like all the hours I have would be going to "waste". But on the pros. I could start in the fall. The deadline isn't until June 9. I've been talking with the advisor and she says I have a really good chance. They select students by points. I have 9 out of 12. And if you have 8 and above points you are called to take the HESI test and if you have one of the 36 highest composite scores you are in the program. Seeing how I've taken the HESI before and scored relatively high on it, I'm not too worried about it. I'm just torn between these two decisions. I think maybe I'm being stubborn because I really want a BSN, but I'm 22 and I'm not getting any younger lol. So any input and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    -Prettyladie.
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  3. by   MammaNurse2Be
    I am pretty much in the same boat and I have decided to do an ADN program and then do a bridge. I'm 38 with a close to a 3.5 gpa but it is quicker at this point to get the ADN and start working then do the bridge. All of my friends that are nurses, some ADN, some BSN, all say that the pay scale is pretty much the same but it depends on if you want to pursure higher degree or management positions. My goal is to be NP so that is why i will continue on and bridge. Look at the schools you are interested in, find out the requirements for each, pick path with shortest time frame, go for it.
  4. by   Prettyladie
    Thank you so much for your info. I too want to be a NP. My friend is in the same situation. She says she is "stubborn" and wants to continue to do the BSN. In my situation. I have a 2 month old and living with my parents. My bf is currently incarcerated by fault.. all I know is that I want to move and get an apt and be on my own and I can't do that if i continue to stay at home lol =) So thats one for going to the adn. I'll keep a tally lol. Thanks again.
  5. by   sunray12
    I earned my Bachelor's degree with 132 hours. If I were you I'd sign up at a 4 year college and finish up the last 30 odd credits so I could get a Bachelor's degree - field of your choice. Then I'd apply to nursing school - at pathway of your choice because with a Bachelor's you'd be eligible for entry at any level from LPN to direct entry Master's.

    The community colleges in my state process apps on a points system so B's with a Bachelor's can come out the same to 4.0 in prereqs and no degree. So in your situation it would make more sense to go ahead and get the Bachelor's than to spend spend time and money retaking entry level courses.

    And btw 22 is not old you have at least 45 good working years left in you!
  6. by   Prettyladie
    see the problem with that is.. i dont want to do anything but nursing. id hate to get a degree in something that i WILL NOT use and I DONT WANT. you know what i mean. the only other thing i'd want to do is law. and I doubt that would be any shorter. thank you so much for your suggestion. i will keep that into consideration. thanks so much.
  7. by   MammaNurse2Be
    The thing you should weigh is how fast you want to be done and working. I didn't have to re-take any entry level classes. With a two month old and a bf in jail, I'd want to get out and working asap to get away from him. During the year between application and acceptance (we apply in the fall to start the following fall) I will take my STAT class and i need one more prereq specifically for sonoma state. if i were to go directly for bsn, i would need one more class beyond that (that you don't need for the bridge) and that would push me out another year to apply. when i bridge it is just the nursing classes i will need as I will have all other degree requirements out of the way. so it is faster to get to the goal of working. You must decide what you ultimate goal is and then decide for yourself - not what we think.
  8. by   Prettyladie
    okay, i dont want to get away from my boyfriend. he is in jail behind something he didnt do. just to clear all that up. he's not a dead beat dad.. but ANYWHO. im ready for nursing school. im ready to work. i've taken all the classes for the bsn, and i guess my real question now is how long would it take to bridge. would it just be straight nursing courses for me as well like you were stating? how does that process work. so basically you're saying do the Adn first? I know i need to decided for myself I'm just asking for a little input.
  9. by   tfleuter
    If you don't think you have a very good shot at the BSN program w/out retaking classes, then I would suggest going for the associates (which you can start sooner and likely get into the first time according to your counselor and past HESI scores). Graduate with your ADN, start working and continue on with a bridge programs the next semester. Sounds like you'll be in school at least a year longer than if you went straight to BSN, but you will also be working, gaining experience, making money, ect. This could very well work to your advantage in the long run. Especially if you are lucky enough to have an employer who will do tuition reimbursement.
  10. by   tfleuter
    i've taken all the classes for the bsn, and i guess my real question now is how long would it take to bridge. would it just be straight nursing courses for me as well like you were stating? how does that process work.
    I guess we posted at the same time! What you will need to do is find the different bridge programs in your area and see what their pre-reqs look like and what classes are offered once started. I've considered the ADN option and returning for the BSN as well for my school and it would take me 2 extra semesters than if I were to go directly for the BSN. Each school is different and you might want to talk to an advisor to get the whole scoop. Good luck!
  11. by   Prettyladie
    thank you so much. im leaning toward that associate program because im ready to work. i mean i know im probably about to start a debate..but with an associates you dont make any less than with a bachelors right? it does seem smarter to do the associate program. why do you say that i would be in the bsn program a year longer
  12. by   chloejean104
    Well at the start ASN's make the same as a BSN, but later on you usually need a BSN to get a higher scale job. I honestly think if you are going on to be an NP that getting a BSN is worth is, and a BSN is only two extra years, but then again it all depends. Just my 2 cents.
  13. by   Prettyladie
    i do want my BSN regardless. im just wondering should i go ahead and do the ADN first because of my personal situation or wait and keep trying to get into a bsn.
  14. by   LovingNurse
    Lots of ADN's enter the workforce, earn a paycheck & use tuition reimbursement money from their hospital to help pay for their BSN. There's no right or wrong. There are advantages to both. Just do whatever feels best to (((you))).

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