Hello! I'm trying to weigh the pros and cons of 2 programs, I'd like some feedback from the nursing experts! Program 1: community college ADN Prerequisites I don't have: 3 (2 semesters) Total program cost once I enroll: +/- $6000 Length of program: 5 semesters (4 semesters w/ 1 summer off) Award: Associate degree, RN Start date: Fall 2010 Completion: Spring 2012 (RN work requirement + CNM = 2016 enter work force) Program 2: private hospital college, accelerated BSN Prerequisites I don't have: 7 (2 semesters) Total program cost once I enroll: +/- $30,000 Length of program: 15 months Award: Bachelors degree, RN Start date: Summer 2010 Completion: Summer 2011 (RN work requirement + CNM = 2014 enter work force) Here is what else there is to know: * I am planning on using the IL Public Health Scholarship program which gives up to $8,000 per year (program 1) or $13,000 per year (program 2) toward my education which is "paid back" through a service requirement. This would pay 100% of program 1, but just under half of program 2. All CNM programs want 1 year of RN work anyway- so this isn't a problem. * My goal is CNM. The CNM programs that do a bridge are 3 years (bridge + 2), where coming in with a BSN cuts it down to straight 2 years. That extra year shaved off of CNM training means 2 years earlier into the work force because in this case, the BSN is so much shorter! 2 years earlier into the workforce could justify the extra cost of the program. * The hospital program all but guarantees employment within that hospital system. * I have not confirmed that the hospital program will allow CLEPs toward the pre-req requirements- this is on my list for today- but if they don't, that adds significantly to time and cost. (I think they do because they actually send the students to the community college for all gen eds- an the community college accepts and uses CLEP/DSST) So- this is still an open question. * Both programs lead to RN, which is what I need for CNM training- it just comes down to deciding which undergrad degree to get. * I have looked at BSN options- and I don't think I would do them after the ADN separately. I want to do the entire RN in one shot and then move on to midwifery. So.....thoughts? Opinions??