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Research College of Nursing Vs. Bellarmine

Hello. I have been accepted to both Research College of Nursing in MO and Bellarmine University in KY for B.S.N. I am weighing the pro's and con's of each. RCoN is 21 months and Bellarmine is 12. RCoN has the HCA midwest scholarship/loan forgiveness and Bellarmine does not have any financial aid packages that compare. Also the hospitals in KY seem to have very limited tuition reimbursement programs. I am torn between accepting Bellarmine risking serious debt for the faster program, which also starts 3 months earlier than RCoN, or accepting RCoN for the scholarship and job placement. I have exhausted the usual financial aid for undergraduates while earning my B.S. in Biological Sciences, so Bellarmine would likely be entirely funded with loans. Any advice would be much appreciated.

Edited by JustinDuarte

Are you doing the HCA ? I am considering this program for Jan 2022. Is it hard to get the loan forgiveness. This is the only school I’ve found that has this. Also do you know anyone else who has does this program ?

in general - for me- I am 28, not having debt is the most important to me.

3 minutes ago, Lccoric10 said:

Are you doing the HCA ? I am considering this program for Jan 2022. Is it hard to get the loan forgiveness. This is the only school I’ve found that has this. Also do you know anyone else who has does this program ?

in general - for me- I am 28, not having debt is the most important to me.

Apparently it is available to all students of the RCoN B.S.N. program. This is the main reason I am considering the longer program. If money wasn't a problem I would just do Bellarmine in 12 months and get it over with. I have heard that some students have problems with the scholarship. I was hoping to get more info by posting here.

Is it the ABSN program? Or regular ? I’m doing the ABSN and for me it’s worth it because it s only 2 years longer. However I’m confused on which hospitals are affiliated with this specific HCA program- are there ones outside of Kansas City?

9 minutes ago, Lccoric10 said:

Is it the ABSN program? Or regular ? I’m doing the ABSN and for me it’s worth it because it s only 2 years longer. However I’m confused on which hospitals are affiliated with this specific HCA program- are there ones outside of Kansas City?

I got into the traditional BSN at RCoN and the accelerated program at Bellarmine. 21 month program for RCoN and 12 for Bellarmine. I believe there are HCA hospitals in the "greater Kansas city area" and in Louisiana. isn't the ABSN at RCoN at year long program? What do you mean it's 2 years longer?

Rcon has an accelerated 12 month program if you have your bachelors from another program and it offers the HCA loan forgiveness for 2 years of work at one of their hospitals.

1 minute ago, Lccoric10 said:

Rcon has an accelerated 12 month program if you have your bachelors from another program and it offers the HCA loan forgiveness for 2 years of work at one of their hospitals.

Right. The work commitment is 2 years. I thought you were talking about program length.

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