BSN at USF or ADN at SPC a better choice?

  1. 0 Hello,

    I'm new to allnurses.com so I'm still figuring out how this works. I have a Bachelors degree in Advertising and just recently decided to go back to school in Spring 2013 to obtain a degree in Nursing. I'm trying to decide whether the Bachelors program at USF or the Associates program at SPC would be the better fit for me right now. It looks like USF has more pre req requirements before applying to their nursing program and once in the nursing program you take alot more classes than you would at SPC which is why you obtain a Bachelors degree in nursing versus an Associates degree in nursing if I were to attend the SPC Nursing program.

    I've heard that students who obtain a BSN at USF are very book smart, but don't have as much hands on experience. Where as, the students who obtain an ADN from SPC have more hands on experience but then I would have to go back to school to obtain my BSN.

    I want to take as many pre reqs as possible so that I have more options available to me when I apply for the nursing program, either at USF, SPC or both. I'm working full time right now in an unrelated field but I'm looking for a job at the hospital just to get some experience in the nursing/medical field while I'm in school. I've been told that all the Nursing programs are extremely competitive so I want to get A's in all my classes. I realize this is going to be a challenge but I believe where there's a will theres a way.

    Do you have any suggestions? Which Nursing program do you think would be beneficial to someone who will be working full time while taking the pre reqs? USF or SPC? Thanks so much!
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    From 'Clearwater, FL, USA'; Joined Oct '12; Posts: 7.

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  4. Visit  Halcyonn profile page
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    Is there an ABSN program at USF? Many universities have accelerated programs for individuals that posses a bachelor's degree in a different field.
  5. Visit  shellyst09 profile page
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    I am currently a USF student and yess there is an accelerated program here in which I would be applying for in Spring. Good luck.
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    moved to FL State Nursing Program forum
  7. Visit  nchareonsup profile page
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    Quote from shellyst09
    I am currently a USF student and yess there is an accelerated program here in which I would be applying for in Spring. Good luck.
    Hey Shelly,
    Thanks for the response. I was looking at USF's website regarding their nursing program and I didn't see the accelerated program listed. This is the website I went to: http://health.usf.edu/nursing/academ...onddegree.html

    Is this the program you are referring to? After completing all the pre reqs you would apply to the nursing program which is four semesters long and obtain your BSN, correct?

    I'm trying to decide which program would be most beneficial for me considering my situation. I'll be working full time while taking my pre reqs and I want to be sure that my grades are competitive. Did you take all your pre reqs at USF?
  8. Visit  PalmHarborMom profile page
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    I am a current USF student at the College of Nursing in the Upper Division program. Here is the link to the 2nd Degree Sequence.

    Admissions Requirements - Second Degree - USF Health - Tampa, Florida

    The rumor that USF BSN students have less clinical experience is false. We have a great deal of clinical experience and some of the best hospitals in the Tampa Bay area that our students are able to do clinicals at. Do we have a big course load? Sure we do but we all also expect it. With hard work, it can be done.
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  9. Visit  gatornurse2013 profile page
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    Hi! I'm a nursing student at UF in Gainesville but just thought I'd weigh in on the topic- I've also heard that BSN grads don't get as much hands on experience as ADNs. What we're usually told is that even if that's true initially, BSN grads tend to "catch up" with the practical skills side of things within six months of working as a nurse. I believe that BSNs also get a more well-rounded education and definitely get more employment opportunities when coming out of school. I've also heard that USF has more clinical hours that we do at UF.

    Good luck!
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  10. Visit  nchareonsup profile page
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    Thanks so much for the input everyone! I really appreciate the information. I am currently trying to obtain my CNA certification so that I can work as a CNA while going to school....I start next semester and am excited to get started! Happy Holidays everyone
  11. Visit  PalmHarborMom profile page
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    FYI- after your first semester at USF, you are able to to work as a CNA. So if you get your CNA, try not to spend too much money on it. It is not recommended to work while in nursing school but there are students that do it. Considering that you would be a 2nd degree student, you will be taking more than a full load of classes.

    1st semester= 17 credits
    2nd semester= 22 credits
    3rd semester= 13 credits
    4th semester=18 credits

    At first glance, it seems like a crazy schedule. But many students do it every year. If there is a way that you could not work, it would be much easier on you.
  12. Visit  PalmHarborMom profile page
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    I should mention that yes, you will bust your butt for your BSN at USF. BUT you will also have more opportunities with a BSN than a ADN here in the Tampa area. Many of the hospitals in the area are magnet status so having a BSN gives you a better shot at being hired at a top hospital in the area.
  13. Visit  nchareonsup profile page
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    Quote from PalmHarborMom
    I should mention that yes, you will bust your butt for your BSN at USF. BUT you will also have more opportunities with a BSN than a ADN here in the Tampa area. Many of the hospitals in the area are magnet status so having a BSN gives you a better shot at being hired at a top hospital in the area.
    Thanks so much for the advice. Next semester I'll be taking all my pre reqs at SPC so I'm trying to get my CNA certification so that I can get some experience working as a CNA while taking my pre reqs. I'll only be going to school part time next year while working since I have to take certain classes before I can take others.

    The reason I wanted to get my CNA certification was because I was reading the requirements for the accelerated program at USF and it said you need to submit a resume (to show experience I'm assuming), have competitive grades, and also submit a letter explaining why you would like to become a nurse. I figured if I had a little experience working as a CNA it would increase my chances of getting accepted into USF's nursing program.

    If/when (staying positive ) I do get accepted into USF's program, I don't think I would work just because, like you said, it's such a heavy work load. So hopefully if all goes planned everything will work out!

    I agree that there are and will be much more opportunities job wise if I were to get my BSN vs. my ADN so that is the goal!

    I appreciate all your input and information. Any suggestions on how to increase my chances of getting into the USF nursing program or things I could do to get experience before I actually apply to the nursing program would help too!

    Thanks again
  14. Visit  PalmHarborMom profile page
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    My biggest suggestion is to really work on your letter. For the Upper Division program (those without a Bachelor's in another field) ours was an essay and at times was the difference between getting into the program or not.

    I would also suggest to get accepted into USF, well before applying for the College of Nursing. Once you have been accepted to USF as a pre-nursing student... you can set up an appointment with the advisor to talk about your chances of getting in and what else you can do. There are some differences in the application process between Upper Division and 2nd Degree Sequence so I don't want to advise too much on the 2nd Degree. You can still take classes at SPC and be accepted at USF. I did and also applied to both USF and SPC. Fortunately, I was accepted to both.
  15. Visit  nchareonsup profile page
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    Quote from PalmHarborMom
    My biggest suggestion is to really work on your letter. For the Upper Division program (those without a Bachelor's in another field) ours was an essay and at times was the difference between getting into the program or not.

    I would also suggest to get accepted into USF, well before applying for the College of Nursing. Once you have been accepted to USF as a pre-nursing student... you can set up an appointment with the advisor to talk about your chances of getting in and what else you can do. There are some differences in the application process between Upper Division and 2nd Degree Sequence so I don't want to advise too much on the 2nd Degree. You can still take classes at SPC and be accepted at USF. I did and also applied to both USF and SPC. Fortunately, I was accepted to both.
    I'm already enrolled in SPC starting next Spring so I'll be going to SPC for all of my pre reqs and then I'll be applying to USF's nursing program as well as SPC's nursing program at the same time once I'm finished. It would be great if I got accepted to both so if all works out hopefully that will be the case!

    I will definitely keep in mind to work on my letter for USF. I will be part of the 2nd Degree group since I already have a Bachelors in Advertising (complete major change, I know!). Thanks again for all the information.

    I'll try and see if I can make an appointment to speak with a USF advisor to see if they have any suggestions on what would increase my chances to get into their nursing program as well.

    I really do appreciate all the information and advice. You have a been a GREAT help!

    I've only been using this website for a couple months now but it's definitely helped me as far as getting me connected with great people like yourself who are willing to share their experiences and give advice to others who are starting out in their nursing career.


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