Thanks, I had been trying to figure out if that was the case around here, but looking at ads doesn't give much input on who actually gets hired. My plan is to continue working my non-nursing, pays well job for the next year at least while I re-take the pre-reqs and then hopefully do a CNA course before getting starting the RN program so that I can work as a CNA part-time while in nursing school. From looking around on here, I'm also starting to consider getting my RN and then getting a BSN from Capella. It sounds like I should be able to finish it pretty quickly and is reasonably priced. At the info session I went to at MCC they basically said most places are going to care more about where you got your training for the RN portion and less about where you get your BSN. If I can find a hospital/job that will help with both a BSN and an MSN that would be awesome, but I figure worst case, I'll get my RN paying out of pocket and then do an online RN-MSN program where I could take out more student loans if needed.
I'm glad to know you haven't heard anything about GCU, I think I've tried asking on here before, I honestly can't remember, but I feel like it's hard to actually know if they would be accepting of me and anyone else like me I may encounter while in school.
Thanks! I'm kind of actually excited for it, I tend to do well on these kinds of tests, I got a 99% on the NLN exam I had to take when I was in nursing school before, but that was 10 years ago. How well I do on the exam may also impact which route I take, if I do really well I may push myself to do the CEP program and I'm also considering the MEPN through UofA, but I've heard that a lot of the ABSN/MEPN programs are so condensed they may not offer the best experiences to be confident in nursing skills and Mesa CC has a super high pass rate on the NCLEX, so the only benefit of one of the direct entry into nursing program would be a shorted time frame (but higher costs and way less likely I'd be able to work during those times). Thanks for all the advice!!!