So for a while now I have wanted to be a nurse. Here is the deal...
I am a 24yr-old EMT-B that is one class short of a BS in Human Biology from UCSD. The plan I had was to not finish my BS just yet (because of how tuition increases after one acquires a BS degree), get into an RN program at one of the local community colleges, complete it and then go back and finish my BS.
The rut though is that I have been turned down twice now by one of the schools and all the other local schools are impacted with 3 year wait times, all of which has me feeling pretty crappy and somewhat regretful about my education at UCSD, considering the time, money, blood sweat and tears I put into it and I can't even get into a nursing program. The worst part about it is that I am short points on the exam criteria because I don't have a degree nor any other life circumstances (e.g. kids, financial duress, etc). Being that I am now 24 and should be out of school or into a Masters program of some sort by now certainly doesn't help the ego either.
All that said (and I realize my above post is a bit disjointed), here are the options that I see before myself.
1) Finish my BS and get into an RN program
2) Finish my BS and get into University of Wisconsin's BS-to-BSN degree program ($37,500)
3) Pay 28k and get into a Kaplan program, get my RN/BSN and then finish my BS.
4) Finish my degree, forget nursing and go do something else.
What do you guys think? Any suggestions or other experience? Any help is appreciated.