RN/BSN FCCJ,UNF Help! - page 3

:confused: I am currently taking prereqs at Florida cc of Jax. I have not yet applied for the nursing program but i wanted to know which nursing school is best? Should i get my AS and continue with FCCJ or should i get my AA and... Read More

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    i went to open campus downtown. computers were there

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    i have 80 credit hours and i applied to all schools. personally, i went for FCCJ because of the time frame. im now on Spring 2008 and graduation would be next year at May 2009. yes, its an ASN degree but hospitals pay BSN and ASN the same rate when they first graduate from nursing school. its the same rate all through out and the only difference is if you wanted to go up the nursing ladder, then you def needed a BSN.

    think about this. FCCJ has a BSN degree (starting fall 08) but they only accept students who at least worked 1 year, full time on a hospital/ clinical setting. so if you graduate with your ASN, you can work 1 year and get the same pay as a BSN graduate, then finish your BSN after that.. a much more shorter process with the same fixture and same thread as any BSNers. cheaper too.

    people think that ASN is easy but its not. its actually more work since it is compressed but totally doable. FCCJ accepts more students than UNF too so that could be your advantage. just apply to all schools and then decided where to go depending on where you got accepted
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    i just took my NAT like a week ago and there were specific rules about not using the calculator, and there wasn't a drop down calculator at the kent campus
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    Last I had looked, UNF only accepted into their ADN/BSN Nursing program once per year, in the Fall. FCCJ accepts 3 times a year, Spring, Summer, and Fall.

    Not sure of other hospitals in town, but I know that Baptist pays a differential for a BSN -- currently $.50/hr. A BSN is an edge in getting hired over an ADN, but I do believe that an ADN w/ 1+ yrs of experience is more attractive to an employer than a BSN w/ no experience. Employers like to have higher credentialed staff, so ideally you're only talking about starting out and will pursue your BSN -- more opportunities down the line.

    From my Professional Nursing Practice textbook:
    "In 1996, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing issued a position statement recognizing the Bachelor of Science degree in nursing as the minimum education requirement for professional nursing. The BSN nurse is prepared for a broader role; increasingly, the bachelor's degree is required for employment in many health care settings such as community health, case management, and supervisory positions. blah blah blah..."

    Jacksonville University has an all-online RN-to-BSN program IF you're employed in a clinical setting. Its not cheap. Like $1.6k per 8wk period, tuition and books. 11 classes from RN to BSN, and a standard load is 1-2 classes per 8-wk period, so you could get it done in a year, w/ focus, while working. Most hospitals will give ya something to continue your education. I think Baptist will give ya 2 or 3k per year and some other stuff is available but there are strings.
    Last edit by bryndamor on May 22, '08

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