If you already have a previous Bachelor degree in anything, Frontier will accept you in the MSN program w/o a BSN. You have to take a Stats class and a PA class thru an approved school (or thru them) and submit a portfolio that outlines your experience. You can bypass the entire BSN if you so desire.
In fact, Frontier will not even accept you into the ADN-MSN program if you have a previous Bachelor degree.
That is what I'm doing. I took my two "pre-reqs" this term and I have been accepted directly into the MSN program to start in April. There was no need for me to get another B.S. degree because in the end it will be irrelevant to me.
But if you so desire your BSN and you can get it paid for, then by all means that is what I would go for
. I just no longer qualified for undergrad loans so getting a BSN would've been a total out of pocket expense for me and not worth the $$$$ in the end.
And as far as the gov't loans, tuition reimbursement, I spent a great deal of time checking this out after hearing the rumor I would have to have a BSN first. Is there a program in particular you are thinking of that requires the BSN first? All the ones I checked into and corresponded with didn't seem to care if one had a BSN or not, they were concerned about the MSN and it coming from an accredited school.