I am really needing some advice and thought this would be the perfect place to get some. I had applied to the University of South Florida's BSN program for Fall 2015 but did not get in due to not having a high enough GPA.
So I am trying to decide where to attend nursing school and I have completed all pre-reqs for all three programs that I am looking into (I have already applied to St. Petersburg College and I will most likely apply to the other two as well, so I don't have all of my eggs in one basket again!).
The schools that I am trying to decide between are St. Petersburg College/State College of Florida to obtain my ASN degree or Keiser University.
- SPC/SCF are both community colleges and around 13k each. They are both 2 year ASN programs. I would begin the nursing core in Spring 2016.
- Keiser University is a for-profit school, very expensive, but fully accredited. I spoke with an advisor today and she informed me that they have JUST been cleared for an accelerated BSN program. This program would start in Spring 2016 and it would be 16 months long, but the downside is obviously the cost of around ~$36k. The upside would be that I would be done with the program 8 months sooner than if I were to attend the ASN programs, and that I would have a BSN.
The problem is that I already have student debt.
So I'm trying to decide if getting a BSN 8 months sooner, rather than the ASN, is worth the cost difference of around ~$23k. My career goals are NP or CRNA.
Does anyone have any advice or what they would do if they were in my shoes? I am 30 years old, single and no kids and I feel like I am behind in life So I am beyond ready to get into a nursing program and to have a career.
Any advice is GREATLY appreciated! :)