I decided to go back to my community college at age 41 to finish my prerequisites in hopes of getting into a BS program for Nursing. I just have 3 courses, 2 of which are currently in process, to finish with an Associates in Science for this program. The problem is, I am discovering a true love for the science aspect, and am questioning if I should change my path to Medical Lab Science instead. I get more excited about dissections and looking under the microscope than I do thinking about care plans and assessments. Honestly, if I could go back, I would have went the Pathology route a long time ago. Now, I'm much too old for medical school. I really like the thought of becoming a Pathology Assistant, but these programs are very limited, and I would have to move which isn't really an option for me. If I change majors now, I will be adding a lot more courses that I need to take, and will have to pay out of pocket because my financial aid for general ed courses have been used up. I was a CNA for over 10 years and love taking care of people, but I don't know if that's enough for me anymore. I don't know of any nursing specialities that I could work in pathology specifically except for Forensics, which is hard to get into in my area. It's hard to decide because if I go the MLS route, it will take more time and money, but if I continue on the Nursing path and hate it, then I've wasted all that time and money. I can't afford at my age to waste anymore time. I know that I'm the only one who can answer this question, but I would love to get some opinions, and maybe ideas of nursing specialities I haven't thought of that focus on pathology/histology. Any former MLS that changed to Nursing or vice versa?
Thank you in advance for any opinions/suggestions/advice you can provide.