Hi Everyone, My name is Sonseria and I just joined the forum. I have been looking over the forums off and on for a few weeks now and finally decided to join in.
I live in Houston and I am currently enrolled at the Willowchase branch of Lone Star Community college. I have some questions about which schools have the best nursing programs
and what the opinions are between an associates RN vs a four year university program? I had considered enrolling for the associates of nursing program at Lone Star, but I am missing a few of the prereq. courses in order to apply this summer so that would push me back till next summer to be able to apply. So I am thinking about going back to my original plan of getting my pre req's out of the way for the bachelors program at the University of Texas Houston. As far as time goes I would have my pre req courses done in the same amount of time that it would take me to get ready to apply for the associates program. I could have the upper lvl courses done in the same amount of time that I would have the associates. So there in lies the conflict of do you get the associates so you can get your rn and start working or build that foundation of having a bachelors degree?
Also do any of you know much about the associates program at Lone Star or the associates program at Angelina college either?
I am really interested in the masters program at Penn State as well, which is one of the reasons I considered the nursing program at UT. I am interested in both Pediatric Oncology and NICU. Do any of you have advice in either field? Is one field easier to break into over another? Do you need a masters to work in either area or to become certified? Are there any masters programs here in Texas for either field? I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that Penn State has the only Pediatric Oncology masters program, but I'm sure there must be other programs for NICU.
At this rate I am wanting to make sure that I make the best decision. I am a 29 yo wife and mother of a 1 yo little girl, so this is really my big chance to go back to school and make a good career choice, so I figured nursing would be a great way to help others and myself and family as well. I would really appreciate any advice that any of you would have on the local schools and the programs here in Texas. Thanks so much for your time! :spin: