I am looking into various "Masters Entry" programs for people who have a non-nursing bachelors degree and want to become advanced practice nurses. I have noticed that some programs, such as Yale, Vanderbilt, UCSF, and Seattle University do not award a BSN on the way to RN certification and the MSN. Others, such as OHSU, do award the BSN. I have heard that there are some states that require a BSN in order to practice as an NP, but I have not been able to find any information about this. Does anyone know if the BSN is a formal or informal requirement in certain states to practice at the advanced level? Is it possible that graduates from the institutions that don't offer the BSN are less employable than their BSN holding counterparts?
I have also heard that Oregon requires a certain amount of hours working as an RN before a NP can practice. Does anybody know if there are other states with similar requirements?
Thank you for your input!
Future Certified Nurse-Midwife