Published Mar 21, 2014
I've been searching and doing research on which schools to go to. I am willing to go either route, LVN or RN, I just want to start school already geesh! Concorde has a class starting in June and El Centro, well there's all the pre-reqs and waiting to get accepted into the program. I feel like I will never get into school. I spoke with DNI and they told me to wait until December 2014 to start since I am pregnant. Concorde Career College - Dallas Campus is willing to work with me but the school is expensive but that is something I'm willing to sacrifice for my education, I'll invest in myself. Any suggestions from anyone going to any of these two schools here in DFW?????
I personally would not spend the money to go to place like Concorde or Dallas Nursing Institute. I don't know how much those programs are specifically but I know people who owe $30,000 for not even getting any kind of degree. Also, I would personally wait until after the baby is born for nursing school. These are decisions only you can make but just giving my opinion. Good luck!
Yes I can understand where you're coming from. Concorde has a AAS-RN near me but that is true, it will cost nearly $30K by the time I am finished. The community college is a struggle to get into since there are so many applicants applying to the same few schools. What school did you attend? If you don't mind me asking...
I totally understand the waiting and stuff. I just know that's a lot of debt to start off with and not make a lot of money. I'm actually a Certified Surgical Technologist working on getting into El Centro's ADN program. Hoping to get in for fall! I went to Collin County and got my AAS in Surgical Technology.
@dolmos are you taking pre-reqs right now? If I do decide to go to El Centro I have 2 pre-reqs to complete since the program syllabus was updated recently but I am going to have an anxiety (smile) waiting to get into school. Let me know how everything goes please. I would like to know how you are coming along in the program. Good luck!
i think we all wonder when we are going to get into nursing school when we are taking our prereqs because its so competitive out there, so i complexity understand your anxiety! I wouldnt pay 30K to go to a private career college for an LVN program, I think it is too much and you will end up in so much debt. My method with my prereqs was to take my time so that I could do the best i can to ensure that I get A's. I think getting good grades is a great insurance policy for getting into a nursing program, so many people try and take all there prereqs at once and end up gettings C's... I would rather take my time and get good grades to ensure I get a spot in nursing school.
Hey there I heard that El Centro College Nursing Program doesn't have a waiting list right now you should check it out...
I see your point of view as well @supernerd. While others are paying less than $10K for their ADN-RN, $30K is a lot for a 15-month RN program at a private school. Are you currently working right now in the medical field? I am not working at all. Haven't been employed since 2012. Yes you are right, nurses should be concentrating on their grades. I totally agree with that. It is a bit of a juggle to decide, be in debt as an RN in 15 months or wait another 3+ years to become an RN (if accepted into the program with all the competition). Ahhhh, decisions decisions. Great post
I am not from your area but like you I was afraid of not getting into school but the most correct answer of advice I can give you is apply to all and then worry about the finances later. Money is Money and yes debt is stressful and some people prefer it not but if you really want a career you have to take chances. Just make sure the school apply to are actually really accredited. Its nice to get people opinion but everyone life is different. Apply to all schools if you get accepted to one or all that is your answer. Hope that helps and that you are not allowing others to influence your choices because now your goal is to make money for you and your child so if having to work your butt off for the next 2 years after you become a LVN,RN, BSN RN. So be it and do it. Good luck!
I'm actually done with the prereqs but retook some classes this semester that had expired.
2 classes isn't bad at all. I totally understand the waiting sucks. I work for THR and had applied for their partnership program with El Centro for this semester but didn't get in. I had a C in micro and it was expired but I was able to do the 5 yr waiver because of my job. They only accept 20 a semester. I retook micro and a&p 2 this semester and have applied for the traditional program for fall and will apply to THR again. Hopefully I will get in one but the waiting sucks.
We will get there though. Good luck with your decision and let us know what you decide!
I'm actually done with the prereqs but retook some classes this semester that had expired. 2 classes isn't bad at all. I totally understand the waiting sucks. I work for THR and had applied for their partnership program with El Centro for this semester but didn't get in. I had a C in micro and it was expired but I was able to do the 5 yr waiver because of my job. They only accept 20 a semester. I retook micro and a&p 2 this semester and have applied for the traditional program for fall and will apply to THR again. Hopefully I will get in one but the waiting sucks.We will get there though. Good luck with your decision and let us know what you decide!
That's awesome that you're able to apply to the program through your job. I wish I had your patience and endurance. Sounds like you'll be getting in very soon and have a better chance than most.
Thanks, I hope so! And I hope you make a decision that is right for you and your family! I hope it isn't too long of a journey for you, good luck!
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