ASU Post-bacc BSN vs. MEPN

  1. Hi! I am trying to decide between applying to the post-bacc BSN program at ASU and the MEPN program at U of A. I will probably end up applying to both, but I'm wondering if there are any big pro's or con's for either one? I'm leaning toward ASU since I could finish it sooner, but are there any good reasons to spend the extra time getting the MEPN? Thanks for any advice!
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  3. by   Maycation
    I had this same predicament last year. I ended up going with the post-bacc program at ASU for a number of reasons. The first reason was that it was faster. The U of A program started in May and the post-bacc in January. In addition, the MEPN program was longer, extending my graduation date even more. Also, I am sure you are aware of this, but the MEPN program does not give you an MSN. It is a master entry-level nursing program, and thus has nothing to do with an MSN (which many people I talked to found very confusing). Anyway, I eventually want to go on to further my education. And when I was looking at graduate programs, they wanted BSN or MSN degrees as requirements for entrance. While I'm sure you could petition the MEPN degree being equivalent or better than a BSN, I just didn't want that confusion or that extra work if I applied out of state. A pro for the MEPN program though may be that you could get grants for a masters program because you cannot get grants with a second Bachelors degree. I can't remember which program was cheaper though.

    I am in the post-bacc program now, and while it is one of the hardest things I have ever done, I don't regret picking this program. I will be a nurse in 11 months, and I will have the tools I need to be a safe and a knowledgeable nurse come December. Yes, I still have a long way to go after the program ends as most new grad nurses do, but I feel like ASU has prepared me well. It also has a great reputation in the nursing community.

    I don't think you can go wrong either way as they are both great schools, but that was my train of thought when deciding.
  4. by   xiaosadan
    Thanks so much for the thoughtful advice! I was also feeling unsure about getting a degree that requires an explanation on resumes, grad school applications, etc. (especially if I go out of state). It's great to hear that you're happy with the ASU program. I will probably go that route as well. Best of luck with your studies!
  5. by   kayceehi
    Can you share with me how was your application looked like? I am currently working pre-req classes to apply ASU post-bacc.

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