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"For Profit" Schools? (sorry so long!)

I've been taking prereqs to apply to the RN programs where I am (we have an ADN through a community college and a BSN through a university). My husband is in the navy and we found out that we're not going to be here long enough for me to finish either one of these programs without staying behind. I can't apply until next semester and that's starting next fall - and that's not even guaranteeing I get in. I have a great GPA, but so do many of my classmates. There are only so many spots and some people are waiting two years after taking prereqs just to get in. This has led me to look at other options. We have two "for profit" career institutes here. Both offer LPN programs and one also has an RN program. The pros are- I can start the LPN program in January and be finished before we move. I haven't talked to the school with RN program, but I don't have a computer pre-req (I wonder if I can test out of it). The downsides are - well, firstly the cost! The LPN program is $25000! While this is overpriced, I will be able to start and be finished sooner! The RN program is $35000 - but I have many of the classes already, so maybe it won't be as much for me. Also, I'm worried about the reputations of these schools. I'm worried what future employers will think of going to a "career institute" versus the traditional community college or university route. What's your opinion or experience?


Specializes in ER, ICU, Medsurg.

IMHO, you need to do what will make you happy. As far as future employers looking at your education at a "career center", I honestly don't think that will matter as long as you still pass the NCLEX. That's the important thing.

Also, you prolly will be able to test out of the computer class. I did at my community college but every college is different.

If you are worried about the costs of a for profit school check into financial aid, scholarships and grants. Secondly, have you looked into schools in the new area you will be stationed? just a thought.........good luck!

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

I completed an expensive LPN/LVN program at a trade school, and I'll be starting a pricey RN program at another trade school in a couple of months. You are basically paying for the convenience of bypassing the lotteries, waiting lists, fierce competition, and prerequisites that characterize most community college and university nursing programs.

In addition, workplaces in my area do not really care where you attended school. As long as you are a warm body with a license and a willingness to keep the place staffed, you'll be hired.

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