I was accepted into my dream ABSN program, Johns Hopkins. I was supposed to start this past fall, but due to identity theft problems/not working full-time while finishing my first degree, couldn't find the loans.
I'm HOPING things will work out better. I'd like to be back in school by January.
Here's my question. Which ABSN program to go to? I know ultimately it's my decision, and I have to make it myself, but I'd love to hear from CRNAs, pre-CRNAs, especially those who might have attended these schools.
Will the Hopkins name mean anymore than my state University when it comes time to apply to CRNA school (Someone had mentioned in Accepted Students Day that I would be automatically granted a seat in UMAB's program).
Another program that I'm REALLY interested in is Drexel's ACE program. I like that it's a year and technology-focused. I am worried that it is under a year. Although I've been a straight-A student, I hear grades go down the toilet because of the intensity of the program.
My other option is to stay in-state and attend Louisiana State University in New Orleans. The definite pro here is cost. I'd probably have little out-of-pocket cost outside of rent and living expenses.
Hopkins would be two years.
Drexel would be eleven months.
LSU would be two years.
[There's also University of South Alabama, which is 13 months, but it's about the same cost as Drexel. Only pro here is two added months, and closer to home]
(I'm turning 29 this summer)
I'd REALLY appreciate any info and advice you guys can give me. At this point, I don't think I'll ever be able to make a decision. I know that when I ask nursing friends/acquaintances, most tell me that the school name doesn't matter and to take the program that will get me out and working as fast as possible. However, they say that they don't know as far as CRNA goes.
Thank you thank you THANK YOU guys!