Hi everyone! I am starting my RN to BSN in August through wgu.
I want to know what is the next step in advancing to get my np license?
Masters? Or DNP program?
Both? Any help is appreciated.
I am working part time too.
You seem to be on the right track, after you finish your BSN, I recommend if you can take some grad level classes that can count toward your MSN (ie Research/Stats, Adv.Patho,...) before you begin it will take off some load (I was able to take four classes before beginning my program). Also you should prepare to take the GRE or MAT most programs require one of those. Look into programs that have strong reputations and don't settle for less. Also start networking with NPs/MDs for clinical rotations, having good connections can ensure strong clinical experience. Good Luck to you, hope this helps.
If you poke around in the APRN section here and/or do a search on master's vs. DNP you'll find more than you ever wanted to read on the varied opinions. In short, you do still have an option as nursing is a slow-moving beast. The states are not really moving towards requiring DNP, thus all the huffing and puffing from the ivory tower doesn't mean much.
You may need/want DNP in the future, and if it's feasible now you might consider it. I almost lost the option as the programs near me went to DNP only, but that fell flat as their admissions dropped off and they went scrambling back to offering an MSN. I may go back later if I need to and if someone pays me for it, but for now I'm VERY glad to be out working and gaining experience and earning money. DNP would have meant extra time and tuition, and no extra edge when going for a clinical position. They only door it would open is the chance to teach at the Master's level, which I don't need yet. At most schools DNP will mean more work on research and application of research/health policy - not extra clinical preparation. It's closer to a PhD in nursing than I'd like it to be - I have zero interest in working in research.
In any case, finish your BSN and do some shadowing, decide what track you want (Acute, Adult, Family etc) and pick what school works best in terms of tuition, location, clinical support, etc. Then do what you need to get admitted.