There have been a few posts here in the past from individuals who entered a direct-entry MSN program that did not award a BSN, completed the portion of the program that made them eligible for licensure in the state in which the school was located, and then had to/chose to leave the program without completing the entire MSN program. They got licensed as generalist RNs without difficulty in the original state, but then ran into problems later on when they wanted to relocate and applied for licensure in a different state -- and found that, since they hadn't completed
(graduated from) an approved nursing education program, they weren't eligible for licensure in the other state(s).
Totally apart from that issue, I encourage people to go ahead and complete a conventional RN program (whether ADN, traditional BSN, or accelerated BSN) and get some experience as an RN before trying to move into advanced practice. Most people entering nursing have no idea of the vast
range of different professional opportunities and pathways within nursing until they have been in nursing for a while, and it's extremely common for nursing students to start school thinking they are sure they want to specialize in one area only to find that they are more interested in something entirely different by the time they finish school or after they've been practicing for a while. Unlike "basic" nursing programs
, graduate education in nursing locks you into a specific, particular career role and path, and, once you're on that path, you can't switch specialties or roles without returning to school and completing further graduate level education. I've known (personally) a few individuals who went the direct-entry route only to find after
they completed an expensive graduate program that they didn't particularly enjoy doing what the program had prepared them to do (and I'm sure the few individuals I've known personally have not been the only
people who've found themselves in that situation
). Then they find themselves in the situation of having a graduate degree and career path that they don't want, plus the significant student loans they took out to pay for them, and the prospect of returning to school to get another degree to do something they do
want to do (or figuring out how to "make do" with the credentials they have). Any
graduate degree in nursing is going to cost you a lot of "blood, sweat, and tears" (as well as the $$$) -- IMO, it is well worth investing the time and effort up front to be sure it is a credential and career pathway that you really want.