I'd like to give you all a background of myself
- 32 year old male with a BBA in Business Administration (3.31 Overall GPA)
- Currently working as a CNA (I also have QMAP certification) at a hospital in Denver
- My wife is a BSN RN hospice nurse and we have a severely disabled toddler, both of which inspired me to become a nurse
- My ultimate goal is to be an ER nurse, work with people who have addictions, or become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
When I first started college about 12 years ago, I wanted to be a nurse but I was intimidated with taking so many pre-requisites and not knowing if I'd even be accepted into a program. Instead I earned a business degree. This past January I told myself that I need to follow my dream of becoming a nurse. I completed a CNA and QMAP program, and now I am trying to decide what path to take to become an nurse. My wife will be working full-time once I start a program and I have been blessed with an inheritance that will help us out with tuition and living expenses until I start working after I am done with school. It's a lot of money but not enough to pay for all of school and rent, etc. However, it will definitively help us tremendously.
_ My first bachelor's degree was paid for WITHOUT student loans. I will need to take out federal student loans to help. Do I qualify for FAFSA loans even though I already have a 4 year degree (keep in mind I've never used federal aid)?
- A concern of mine is that almost all of the accelerated BSN programs in Denver have different pre-requisites. Can anyone recommend a program that is not super, super competitive as far as admissions? I am an A/B+ student so I have excellent study habits and discipline, but I just want to make sure I get into a program.
-I've been thinking of getting an LPN because it's admission process is not as competitive, and plus I'd get to work sooner. However, it doesn't seem like Denver has any LPN - RN programs. Also I do not want to work in Long-Term Care. I really, really want to work in a hospital setting. Is the LPN route recommended? It's very appealing to me, but I'm thinking I won't be fulfilled and/or it doesn't match my goals.
-For my pre-requisites I have A's in the English, Statistics, all of the social/behavioral science, Nutrition classes, and I have a B in Anatomy & Physiology I.
I'd appreciate any feedback regarding my chances of getting admitted right away, ideas on which program in Denver I should be working toward, advice on if I qualify for federal student loans, is LPN a route worth taking initially. Thanks so much!