BSN at USF or ADN at SPC a better choice? - page 2

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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... Read More


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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
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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.
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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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