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Question:Ok. I know I want to go to college to major in Registered Nursing, but I don't know what colleges or universities to look at.
My Preferred Criteria is:
1. Preferably in the Minnesota, Wisconsin states. (Gladly to hear about other states)
2. A website on the college
3. Would like to live on the campus during the school year
4. Has volleyball and swimming as a sport
5. Tuition & Fees

If you can answer this criteria thank you soo much! Please Help Me!!

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You could look at Augustana, it is in Sioux Falls, SD, and they have an excellent nursing program. It is a smaller college, and you are required to live on campus the 1st two years, and have the option to the 3rd and 4th year. They have a volleyball team, i'm not sure on swimming, but they do have an olympic size swimming pool. www.augie.edu is the website. The tution and fees are on the website, it is a private college so it will be more expensive than a state school, but nursing is one of thier top programs.

Here is a list of nursing schools in minnesota, i don't know much about them, but I heard that St. Kates is good too.
I would suggest you look at a technical college and enroll in their LPN program. It usually lasts 15 months. You will find a lot of college girls in your classes who flunked out of college due to partying, but who really want to be nurses.

In the LPN program, you would get the same clinical experience (get in the hospital and be assigned to work with patients, doing easy stuff at first) that you get in the RN program at the univeristy. It's just that you would get the clinical experience starting almost immediately in the LPN program.

Once you got the clinical experience and graduated in 15 months from LPN school, then you enroll in college to get the BSN. You can work on the weekends as a nurse because you are one.

You will not have to take any more clinical hospital courses while in the BSN program because you already got credit for that from your clinical training during your LPN course of study. so you won't be competing with other pre-nursing students for those few hospital clincal rotations. Because the girls with the highest GPAs get those rotations first, and you may have to wait to get into the clinical rotations. But since you already have the LPN, you don't have to compete.

You will get a year of credit for the 15 months you spent in LPN school, so you will graduate with a BSN in 3 years. Plus, you can work as a nurse all during college, and so will really learn quite well all the BSN coursework because you have actually seen patients with the diseases you are studying about.

It's the only way to go, in my opinion.
It sounds like youre looking for a university to pursue nursing in and because of experiences of nurses that I have worked with I always tell people that want to go into nursing to consider getting their RN/ADN/LVN before getting their BSN. Why? A few reasons 1. Cost. I worked with this nurse that went to my alma mater (Duke University) back in the day for her BSN. She expresses some degree of bitterness about getting a BSN and still getting paid the same as a ADN and a bit more than LVN but with tons more student loans 2. Earning potential. By entering a voc/community college program within 2 years you have the ability to earn $25 an hour+ and effectively will be able to fund whatever pursuit the future brings (getting a BS/BA, being completely independent) When I was in med school, there were prior nurses in my class (2 BSNs, 1 ADN) and they didnt have to sweat the finances and take out as many student loans as the rest of us. My sister took this route to her BSN (ADN to BSN) and the bridge program from RN to BSN took one year and she has no student loans.
The only plus getting your BSN is that it leaves the door open to teaching, getting your MSN(If you come from a family with money/wont have to take loans out, please disregard everything above ;-) Good luck!

Edit: Looks like someone is more informed on the subject than me ^^^^^^ already replied. I would follow her excellent advise ;-)

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