Posted by: loungekitten | September 25, 2010

I’ve Got Some Good News!

I got into the accelerated BSN program I applied to around the end of July/beginning of August!

Of course, what am I doing but over-analyzing the decision to accept.  I KNOW!

See, my plan was to apply to the program to which I’ve been accepted because it was the next program to matriculate in the area.  I thought getting in might be a long shot, since it was well after their “deadline,” and they only had a few slots open this particular cohort.  And when I didn’t hear from the program for a while, I thought that the chances of my getting in were getting slimmer and slimmer by the day.

So, I started considering other accelerated BSN programs.  The next one to start is a program at the school I’ve been attending for the past few years.  The program takes place over 5 semesters.  So, I wouldn’t be finished until another two years from now.  Also, the application cycle doesn’t even open until November 1st.  I like this program because it would be the one that would be the easiest to complete.

I guess a list of pros and cons of each program is in order:

The pros of the program I’ve been accepted to:

  • I’ve been accepted to the program.
  • Starts earlier than the other programs
  • Is a remarkably shorter program than the other programs (about 1 year!)
  • It is affiliated with a school with a medical school.
  • There are a lot of great clinical rotation sites.
  • It is a well-regarded school.
  • The program requires/uses a lot of technology
  • I could potentially be working as a nurse about 18 months from now.

The cons of the program I’ve been accepted to:

  • It costs a lot of money.  A LOT OF MONEY.
  • The pace of the program is really, really fast.
  • I will maybe be able to work 8-12 hours a week.  The program recommends that you do not work at all.
  • I will need to borrow nearly all the money I need to attend the program, including daily living costs.

Now, the pros of going to the program with the school I’ve been attending:

  • It is cheap, cheap, cheap, baby!
  • It is a well-regarded nursing program.
  • I would probably be able to save the tuition money for at least the first year before the program starts, especially if I really tighten up my budget.
  • The slower pace of the program means that I would be able to work a part-time position at the hospital while I go to school.  This keeps me from having to borrow so much money while I go to school.  Plus, I can receive health care through work instead of purchasing it through school. (Which we are required to have to attend any nursing program).
  • The cohort size is smaller than the other school’s cohort.

The cons of the program with the school I’ve been attending.

  • I would not be working as a nurse for almost two-and-a-half years.
  • The clinical rotation sites are great, but there are fewer sites than the other program.
  • The application cycle doesn’t open until November 1st.   I need to have made a decision on the other program around this time.
  • I haven’t been accepted to this accelerated program!

So, overall there are less cons for the program with the school I’ve been attending.  I’ve highlighted the pros and cons that are the biggest concern for me, and what it boils down to is this:  time and money, time is money.  If I want to save myself some time, I’ve got to fork over the cash.  Seriously, the difference in tuition alone is about $20,000.  And the year of the shorter program will be so hectic.  Working the small number of hours I plan on working is going to be tough, but I believe that there are going to be times when the small amount of extra cash may mean the difference between eating well and eating ramen noodles.  I think I could do anything for a year, though.

The other factor is the fact that my mother would like to sell the house we are living in and move far enough away that I would need to find my own place.  I miss my independence so much, the only thing standing in the way of me having my own place now is that I don’t have the money.  In order to go to the shorter program, I’d probably have to rent a room somewhere, and possibly a storage bin somewhere.

So, I’ll probably be accepting the spot in the shorter, more accelerated program.  The time saved, to me, is more important than the money is in the long run.


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