I know there have been other posts on this, but I was hoping to get some advice to the dilemna I'm having. I have 2 more semesters of pre-reqs before I can potentially start a BSN program. (I can apply in December for a hopeful summer admittance). I've already been taking pre-reqs for the last two years part-time. I am fortunate that I'm in a situation where I won't have to work for the duration of my school. But I've been playing with the idea of taking a CNA class and working part-time through school. I was thinking it would help build my confidence around patients and increase my chances of getting in the program. And a little extra money in my pocket wouldn't be a bad thing. ;-) The downside is that it would delay me taking some pre-reqs so I would be starting the nursing program a little later than I anticipated. SO...I guess my question is, based on your experience-would it be worth it to do the CNA thing first, or take advantage of not having to work and just focus on doing well in my classes, and still having a little time left over for family, etc? Thanks for any input you may have!--Oh, just wanted to add that I am at least familiar with the healthcare system. I've worked in the medical environment for 12 years-but on an administrative level and not clinical.