I am currently a BSN student, graduating in May. I want to be an ACNP, thus I applied to the University of Arizona's BSN-DNP ACNP Program. I just received notification that I was accepted. Since, I have told others in the field and have had mixed feedback about my decision. Many say I should have at least 2 years' experience prior to starting a program. Here are some details, and my plan.
ACNP Program - 4 year program; work as much as possible during coursework, before clinicals begin (practice inquiry/clinicals begin in second year spring semester)
My history: I will graduate my BSN with 1080 clinical hours, 540 are senior residency hours. I did a 12 week summer internship in a Level 2 Trauma Center Emergency Department. I have worked as a CNA for 3 years. Lastly, I have applied to a New RN Residency Program with preference to an Emergency Department/ ICU setting.
I am young, 22, in a serious relationship (5+ years), have no kids, and a very strong support system. I am a motivated, dedicated student and am self-driven. ((The reason I want to go straight through is because I want to have a stable career before starting a family, I want to be 110% focused on school before distractions -such as kids-))
To cut to the chase I want honest input from individuals on my decision to go straight through from BSN-DNP. I know it will be difficult, but I am prepared. Please be honest on your experience, good or bad. Also, any resources you are aware of is greatly appreciated!!