I'm taking my placement test next week and will begin my pre-req courses soon. I researched numerous nursing programs in my area and found that ALL of the ADN programs were VERY hard to get into and heard people complaining about being on waiting lists for 5 years and never getting in. Since I am a 34 yr old divorced mother, the 4 yr programs are not an option. It would take me 8 years to get through since I could only go part time.
Then, I found out that the LPN programs were easier to get into and there are LPN-RN bridge programs and those are easier to get into as well. The LPN programs here range from 12-16 months. Some of them require that you be on the CNA registry before applying. The one I'm taking does not require that I become a CNA first and only requires 3 pre-req courses, Algebra, Bio and English. It's 3 semesters long. I'm going to sign up for the study skills course as well. Once I complete these courses with a C or better, I have to take the ACT, then I can apply to the LPN program. This is at a community college & this was the easiest program I found to get into. They were recommended by the BON and had one of the best passing rates in the area. But, it's in a more rural area from the other schools I researched, so I think that's why it's not as difficult to get into. I live in a metro area, and I know that's a huge factor.
I am hoping that my pre-req courses will be offered through distance learning. I will have to continue working. Once I begin the LPN course, it's only offered full time days, so I'm hoping to get into the work study program. Or, I will have to try and find an evening job and will jut have to be MIA from my family for that year. It'll be worth it in the long run, and I'm hoping to get one of those 3 day, 12hour shifts once I'm licensed, so I'll have more days to spend with my family.