LOL! Small, weird world huh? I know I won't be able to keep it a secret, especially once scrub catalogs show up... I think she will be a little surprised that my GF wasn't the one talked into it -- but she's all history, all the time I also thought long and hard about the Harvard ALM, but then I realized... What would I do with it?? I still want to take a class, just so I have had that experience. But I'm not going to go for a degree. I'm going to study well in advance for the Microbiology, and use lots of study resources. I've taken anatomy and physiology before as separate 1cr classes, so I have to re-take them. But I should be okay, looks like everyone (?) requires 3.0 GPA for the pre-req's. I'm considering auditing each course beforehand and then re-taking it for credit. It doubles the cost of the pre-req's, but it would be worth it to ensure a good grade. After looking a bit on AllNurses, it looks like direct-entry programs are pretty feasible. After the first year (and NCLEX), some wind up working PT at a hospital to offset tuition costs. I actually think that I will like working as a nurse, so getting that experience before my second year would be awesome. I also read a couple of places that some colleges don't advertise their direct-entry MSN's, that it's worth it to contact some schools directly. So, being impulsive and all, I've emailed a couple of colleges with MSN programs asking about direct entry.