Hey guys! Needing some advice from people who have been in a similar situation. Sorry if this is too much info but I feel it's necessary. I am a navy vet, military wife and mom to a 3 year old and pregnant with my second. Before the navy I did 2 years of college so after I got out of the service I've been finishing that up. Prior to the navy my gpa was not good.... Around a 2.8. Since starting back up I've gotten straight A's and I consider myself strong academically. I'm currently 9 classes away from my social science degree (my reason for this major was because it best fits the random classes I took as a kid, it was a good way to make something out of nothing in a short period of time, and I can do it while raising my son) but I have ALWAYS planned to go into healthcare. We are moving to MD, where I planned on finishing my degree online, fitting what nursing pre reqs that I can into my degree, and taking the rest at a CC next to where we'll be living. We are pretty sure we'll be stationed in Jacksonville after that (where we are now) because of my husbands platform, but of course nothing is definite. My problem is: All nursing schools in jax exclude me from the traditional BSN program if I have a bachelors already, leaving only the accelerated option which is A. not possible with my husbands deployments and kids and no support system. Some of you may have done it, but I know myself well enough to know that I couldn't. B. will not be covered by my GI bill at the accelerated rate. C. ABSN are really competitive to get into with only about 36 seats, and my GPA from 10 years ago was not great, although I do forsee finishing all my pre reqs with a 4.0. So my question is: Should I stop now, while I'm 9 classes away from my bachelors in hopes of having more options to get into a traditional BSN program and save 10 months of GI bill that can then go towards that degree? 2. finish my bachelors in social science now, complete my pre reqs in MD and accept that I'll have to get an ADN degree at a CC and then bridge to BSN because that will be my only option (besides one private school who will let me in the trad with a bachelors, but that would be my only shot).
If I stop now I'll feel like a failure... again... and I can't even believe having a degree might actually make my life more difficult. I also don't have years and years to apply to await acceptance since we are only in one spot for 3-4 years max. Trying to make the best of my somewhat complicated situation and would appreciate any honest (and respectful) feedback.
I'm driving myself crazy with pros and cons and need fresh insight.
Actually, if you get stationed at Jax, UNF allows those with a previous bachelor's degree to be considered and placed in the regular program. I just had my interview yesterday there and I'm being considered for both programs, and the admissions coordinator mentioned being able to say you only want to be considered for one track or another. There was one nursing student at a workshop who talked about how she chose the regular track even tho she could have gone accelerated because it fit her life better.
UNF also only uses your overall GPA in making sure you have over the minimum requirement (2.8 for the regular program, I think). After that, they don't care about your overall GPA and use your prereq GPA in ranking people.
Edited to add:
But to me, unless you are going to use the degree later on, I don't see a reason to use up some of your GI bill on classes that aren't going toward something. I'd focus on getting the prereqs completed and earning amazing grades in those. Then, you can go on to apply to any of the BSN programs and the ADNs.
Last edit by idkmybffjill on Mar 10