Quote from sj6074
Hi! I am new to this site but thankful I've found this! I have been trying to do research to locate some sort of accelarated RN program in the Valley. I already hold a Bachelor's in Biology and am trying to find something along the lines of a 1-year accelarted nursing program. Does anyone know if there is a school like this here in Phoenix?? Or am I totally crazy for thinking I could find a program like this?
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!
For someone who already has a BA degree, I'm beginning to think that MEPN programs might be the way to go. AN MEPN program, (Master's Entry Professional Nurse) allows a student with a BA degree to earn RN licensure while earning an MSN. They typically work like this: The first year is a "bridge" year, where RN eligibility is earned. The Student then takes the NCLEX-RN, and provisionally licensed in that State only. (after graduation it becomes full licensure). The next year to year and one-half is spent earning the MSN, in either Advanced Practice or a NP specialty. Advantages- you're not having to earn an ADN or BSN, and that saves considerable time. Disadvantages- None currently exist in AZ, but for students willing to relocate for school, it is a fantastic option. Students are admitted based on GRE scores, undergrad gpa, references and an essay. Some programs even offer the neccessary pre-reqs, for students with non-science BA degrees, in an intensive Summer Session, prior to Fall admittance. The good news? No wait lists, as students who aren't accepted must re-apply next year. There are excellent programs in Vermont, at the University of Vermont, and at Mass General Hospital Institute of Health Professions (MGHIHP) in Boston. The Mass General program is especially noteworthy because of Mass General Hospital's reputation as a teaching institution for Harvard Med. School. A top shelf program!