First of all, I'm 35, husband/father to 3 kids and the "provider" for my stay-at-home wife. I lost my job in July due to the economy and job prospects in my field aren't the best and quite frankly, I really have no desire to do it anymore.
I have a bachelors and a masters degree. Neither degree required any classes like anatomy, physiology, sociology, etc. I obviously have a number of nursing school options to include IUPUI, University of Indianapolis, Marian College, Purdue, Ivy Tech, and MedTech. For me, the #1 goal is to get through a program in the shortest amount of time in order to become gainfully employed once again.
For admission to all programs other than MedTech, I must complete a number of prerequisites that would take at least a year for me to complete before I could even apply to the nursing program. I'm competing against a large pool and even once I completed them, would be bound to be waitlisted. It's quite conceivable that I wouldn't be able to start at any program for 2 full years. Add on 2 more years for just an ASN degree and that's 4 full years of lost income.
Sure, MedTech is expensive, but so is any other option that isn't Ivy Tech, IUPUI, or Purdue. Based upon the credit hours at MedTech and Ivy Tech, the cost is about $32k more from what I can see. Problem is, I'd gain MUCH more in working those 2 years than I could going to school. I also have a pretty narrow window of how much longer I'll be able to continue collecting unemployment. At MedTech, all the prerequisites are included in the ASN program and the garbage math/English/psychology that won't transfer in. It's unfortunate, but hey, I'd spend more time outside of the ASN prerequisites before I even got in elsewhere. The director last night claimed having a 90+% pass rate of the NCLEX-RN.
Maybe one day I might pursue an ASN to BSN option, but that isn't as important at the moment. Having worked in management, I'm perfectly content in not dealing with the added headache.
What am I leaving out?