4.3 #21654 (DL Qual #0

Apr 21, 2010 6:59 PM  The Hub
Hey guys... This question is for all the MW'ers that are in the nursing field. I'm in Orange County and checking out some colleges, I need some advice. Are there any schools you recommend? Any advice or words of wisdom?

Are you aiming for RN or LVN? - LaceySue  329.1 #753 7:09PM
Santa Ana College is known for their RN program.. highly recommended - MELI2189  92.0 #3715 7:18PM
Go for the RN. Some places don't hire LVNs. My unit up here in Sac only uses RNs. - MinnieJ  281.9 #1043 7:21PM
My ultimate goal is to be an RN. I've been looking at Pacific College but it's sooo dang expensive and I don't qualify for grants. It's a year program for LVN and then another year for RN I'll check out Santa Ana college haven't heard of that yet. - MichiMouse  4.3 #21654 7:33PM
I'm just a measily Medical Assistant, but If I had to do school all over again I would've gone straight for RN. I'm spending about the same and have to start over. Plus I'm actually doing more and practically what the LVNs/RNs do but get paid . - StephiePooh  572.6 #354 7:34PM
 haha MinnieJ u said Sac and unit in the same post  - ToneLoc  457.1 #476 7:35PM
Good luck I've been waiting to get into an RN program for a year it's so impacted - LittleMermaid  31.5 #5840 7:36PM
I second Hanie. I'm an MA and an xray tech, I'm going back next semester to finish my RN. Stay away from private schools, the pricing is insane. Make sure you go to an allied health program, and you should be good. - LaceySue  329.1 #753 7:40PM
That sucks Hanie  are you going to school right now? I'm trying to figure out what's best and how to pay for all of it. - MichiMouse  4.3 #21654 7:40PM
Keep in a community college level to save money, at least for prereqs. - LaceySue  329.1 #753 7:41PM
Thanks Lacey... Great advice. They want me to pay 26 grand for the LVN program at the private school  - MichiMouse  4.3 #21654 7:42PM
Just be aware that a lot of facilities ( like mine) loove experience. A lot of people I knew who graduated from a LVN/RN program had jobs at a retirement or hospital. Or thereare some that are more for LVNs than RN. They're both as equally rewarding. - StephiePooh  572.6 #354 7:42PM
Golden West College has an RN program. - Tom  11116.2 #6 7:43PM
I went back to a community college to redo my GEs for RN (i made thr mistake and went to Heald College for my MA and found out after the $20,000 I spent that NONE of my classes were transferrable). I second guessed myself and went spoke with an LVN school who wanted $26,000 for their 18 month program. Got talked out of it by my parents and bf b/c they thought I'd be stupid to pay for that same amt if I did the LVN to RN program (if I passed of course). I stopped going after my bf lost his job and am waiting until I'm financially ready to go back on track. - StephiePooh  572.6 #354 7:49PM
The only thing that I can say after going to Heald is that I got an Associates Degree and an awesome job that I've been at for 4 yrs. But again, I pull more weight than some of the LVN/RNs and get paid crap-o-la - StephiePooh  572.6 #354 7:52PM

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