Going back to school and overwhelmed!

  1. I am a bit overwhelmed by options and those dollar signs. It seems like there is a big debate over ASN or BSN. The big factor for me is cost and time lost on the job. I know some people use student loans to cover living expenses, but I don't know if it would be enough or how that works. I completed one year at MTSU (in education), and my student loans only covered my tuition.
    Would it be feasible to grab an LPN license and work a bit while going to school?
    I'm looking at Aquinas, TSU, Motlow, and Nashville State right now. (I was really excited to see that TSU has a MSN in holistic nursing!)
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  3. by   serenitylove14
    1. MTSU has an LPN to BSN program, but it only cuts out about one semester of the 5 required semesters.
    2. The time it takes you to finish your LPN education you could be halfway done if not completely done with your BSN and ASN. I worked full time while in MTSU nursing school, but it wasnt easy and you wont have much of a social life, but it can be done.
    3. As far as cost are concerned, Aquinas would be to most expensive, the other places are pretty similar in prices. Also you need to look to see if the school is accredited or not.
    4. TSU's holistic masters degree is completely online and the woman who developed it if an Instructor in the MTSU Nursing school, if you go there you will meet her your last semester! She is awesome!

    I hope this kinda helps.
  4. by   shoelacegirl
    I have heard that MTSU's program is very competitive. Since it has been more than a decade, I assumed I wouldn't be up for the challenge. I am waiting on transcripts to arrive, and then I'll be off for visits. Thanks for the input! It seems to me like a BSN is worth it in the long run. I can do it.
  5. by   serenitylove14
    Well. I get in when the requirements where just ACT and GPA. Now they use the hesi, interview, etc. I am not sure of the competitiveness nowadays but its a good program. It has its issues but I also wouldnt count out any other school just to go there. No matter what school you go to you are all going to take the same test at the end.
  6. by   bdb1550
    MTSU nursing program is very competitive. I applied last semster but did not get in (I had to retake a class to raise my GPA). There were almost 200 people that applied to the program and they only let in 64 I think. I am reapplying there but I am also applying at other schools. Now they have 4 different things that you get a set number of points for then they add up everyone points and the highest scores get in. They bas it on your GPA (4 points), your HESI score (4 points), your interview (4 points), and you can also get and extra 0.5 points if you have patient care work experience.
  7. by   CrazyGoonRN
    I am an LPN in MTSU's nursing program. If you do LPN first like I did it is still a huge commitment . My LPN program was 5 days a week for 6 hours each day. I did it first because I needed a job quicker rather than later. In LPN school the info did not go as in depth and it had to be learned quickly. In RN school the info is more in depth but there is more time to learn it. I applied to Motlow and MTSU's nursing programs in the same year. I did not get into Motlow but I did get into MTSU. I defiantly think that being an LPN helped me get in to MTSU. It boosted my interview and gave me extra points for work experience that went toward my overall score.
  8. by   CrazyGoonRN
    I am also working PRN while in school. I have student loans to pay for school and I am making it with my varied work schedule.