Please help me solve this puzzle! I'm probably overanalyzing and/or overlooking; I need help focusing. I'm a single mom of one, and am in a health-oriented situation where my son cannot be apart from me for extended periods of time during the day (night time is not so much a problem, but child care or daycare is a very narrow option during the day). I also work from home, so time is crunched. Please help me figure out the least away-from-home option to becoming an RN. The RN part seems to be the only requirement, due to clinicals, that forces me to be out of the home and away from my son based on several programs I've viewed. Everything else can be accomplished online, it seems. When I was in school, I was a good student, and I've taken different non-credit courses and programs since, so I'd like to think I could condense the time frame spent on the degree (as is the theme on this forum!). I would like to go at my own pace, speeding through some courses, taking my time with others, testing out of as many as possible. BAin4weeks.com inspired me a while back, but I'm not sure I could do something like that with nursing. I already have a career lined up that needs RN licensure, and a guaranteed promotion if I have Master's credentials (small company with state requirements). They're just waiting on me to make a move in my education. The work I will be doing is not in a clinical setting, but is remote management and involves a lot of patient file review. The DNP will substantially raise my pay in my future occupation. My problem is choosing which path to start my journey! There are so many options. My goal is DNP (Doctorate of Nursing Practice), and I just need some help getting started. I have no degree, and only a few courses for a massage certification (RA school) and random courses like english and economics, so starting practically from square one. I want a Bachelor degree in either psychology or another science, so I am considering doing an ASN-MSN bridge program at schools like Aspen University (in effect, skipping the nursing bachelor's). I could go for the BSN pre-licensure, sit for the NCLEX, then bridge to the DNP, but haven't yet found one that doesn't require tons of time away from home. I'm not sure how the TESC one works if I just zip through a BA and then go to the accelerated BSN program, as I've received conflicting answers from different TESC advisors. I've read about doing Ocean Community College's labs online from Jennifer (cookderosa) on this forum but haven't yet contacted them or found the labs on their website, and one time I read about another program where you can do clinicals in your local area and do the rest of classes online, but I can't find it again. I'm also posting this question on allnurses.com forum to reach those who are not a part of this forum. Please help me narrow some possibilities on how to start my education path. Thank you.