Quote from japaho41
There are quite a few online BSN programs and perhaps there are those that are not looked as very reputable by program directors. I think the best thing to do is to look at the admission criteria for each program you are interested in and see how you compare to what they would like to see in a candidate. Secondly, if you want to take a step further, that is if the program director would be willing to share with you what the stats were on there latest admission class (what do they really admit). By this I mean ask them of the class you admitted what was the averages of GPA, GRE score and years of experience. This may give you a better understanding of the barriers of admission.
As for the DNP, I really would not factor this into the equation at this point especially if you are going to apply in the next few years. To my knowledge this standard has been adopted by the AACN and not necessarily the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists. What I was told by my program director who called the Council and asked if they were going to stop accrediting MSN anesthesia programs in 2015, the answer was no.
Really? Wow. Ok, that gives me a few things to think about for the MSN vs DNP. My first choice path is into a university that does not require GRE (not sure why) but they have went to only DNP, the MSN option does not lead to anything other than nurse educator. All of their NP tracks are DNP programs. They state on the FAQ that they receive "inquiries" from 20 people per month, but accept a group of 10 per year. If that's not inflated, perhaps half +/- apply, so they are taking <10% by my wild estimation.
I know it seems premature to plan this out, however, with all of the requirements of nursing school, the serious load of science prereqs for the DNP program, and essential work experience, I really feel that prudent planning is essential if I want to complete ALL of the requirements in a good sequence and without too much down time. (for example, I can't imagine organic chemistry gets EASIER the longer I have been away from general chem lol!!) I accept that I may get off track or have a change of heart, however, I can always back out. I just want to start my journey aimed in the right direction so that IF I make it, I am a competitive applicant and have been academically prepared.