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Veteran looking for a nursing school

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by Udipalodi Udipalodi (New Member) New Member

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Hey, I'm just wondering if anyone on here has graduated or is in a nursing program for a private program. I added veteran because I have the GI Bill. I've taking some prerequisite at MCC. But I'm also 27 now and would like to start school before the end of the year to get started in a new field. I'm looking at Pima medical institute, arizona college and chamberlain. Does anyone have any info??? Also I'm taking my cna at Pima this May. Thank you!

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Hi! I am also a Veteran and will be using my GI Bill. I had all of my ducks in a row this Spring to separate from the military and begin nursing school but I had to decline my acceptance to two nursing schools due to financial reasons. I wasn't financially prepared to separate just yet. I ended up extending my enlistment for one year, so next Spring I will be separating once and for all. I applied to Chamberlain since they are part of the Yellow Ribbon program, and they lower the tuition rate to meet the GI Bill's cap. It is a for-profit school and I have heard that most employers turn their head against degrees from for-profit universities. However, I do not know for sure because I have not had any personal experience. I have visited Chamberlain's campus and it is really nice and the staff is very friendly. They also don't have a waiting list unlike most schools in the area. The Maricopa County Community Colleges are also a good choice. They have an ADN route as well as a BSN route. The wait list for the ADN program is roughly 2 years, and the BSN route has no wait list, but acceptance is fairly competitive. Tuition is only a fraction of the cost compared to Chamberlain's, but being that you're using the GI Bill, you really should only consider how reputable a school is, graduation rate, employment rate after graduation, etc.

Hope this helps!

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Yeah I've heard of nurses that went there. My concern is after bsn also. Of where my degree will transfer too. I'm taking a hard look at Pima medical institute.

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rachaelofcourse works as a ICU RN.

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Yeah I've heard of nurses that went there. My concern is after bsn also. Of where my degree will transfer too. I'm taking a hard look at Pima medical institute.

I'm a little confused by your statement. With the Maricopa Community Colleges, if you get your BSN (called the CEP program) you have the option to choose between some big name schools like ASU, NAU, GCU and more. Your degree will almost certainly be transferable anywhere.

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Wel I have chem 130 bio 181 and MAT141. But there are more per reqs and then the co reqs that you have to complete before applying because the maricopa college are only accepting cep now. So not onlywould I have 2 more semesters before applying. I would then apply and have to possibly wait now that cep is required.so it's a least a year until I can even apply.

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rachaelofcourse works as a ICU RN.

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Wel I have chem 130 bio 181 and MAT141. But there are more per reqs and then the co reqs that you have to complete before applying because the maricopa college are only accepting cep now. So not onlywould I have 2 more semesters before applying. I would then apply and have to possibly wait now that cep is required.so it's a least a year until I can even apply.

You'd be better served going to Chamberlain then. I wouldn't even consider PMI, as their BSN program is an RN to BSN, meaning you'd have to get your ADN first, probably through them at an egregious cost, then do the BSN. At least at Chamberlain it's all in one shot.

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sasera has <1 years experience.

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Please don't go to a for-profit school. I know you're not paying for it (GI Bill and all), but really, a for-profit school is not worth it. I wasted 6 months of my GI Bill thinking "whatever, I'm not paying for this and I'll be a nurse!" but in reality, for-profit schools are junk.

I dropped out of one of the schools you're interested in because the curriculum was BS to appease the BON but not followed, the "teachers" were woefully unprepared, and the clinicals were disorganized to the point that it was embarrassing.

Start at a community college for your ADN, or expand your horizons and move to an area that is not so saturated like Arizona is. Seriously--it's not just the cost (which, again, I know you're not paying but really--30K for an associates degree?!?)--but it is seriously the quality of education. Get a degree you can be proud of.

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Hi, I am also starting the CNA class at Pima the 14th of May. :happy:

I really like Pima but I will not be applying to their nursing program because the adviser told me only a handful of schools (4 I think?) will accept their credits, including Chamberlain and Grand Canyon. I emailed the HR departments of some valley hospitals and they told me they strongly prefer BSN nurses and that Chamberlain was a good school. Personally, I will be sticking with the community colleges. I don't think all for profit schools are bad, but I know a lot of people will judge your skills just based off the fact that you went to one. I do not want a stigma to get in the way of being hired. 27 is still very young so don't worry, you will still probably be one of the youngest students there. I'm 19 and I was the youngest person in my math class by about 20 years. I will finish my concurrent program prerequisites this December and it only took me 3 semesters. Good luck! :nurse:

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