I am a graduate of an accelerated program and I'd love to comment. First off, my program was 12 months long to BSN and was open only to those who already had a 4 year degree in another subject. I also had an additional 40 credits in science that I took in night school in preparation (Bio, Chem, A&P, etc). My program was at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.
I received an excellent education. Unlike a lot of my peers from other schools
, I had a full clinical rotation in every major specialty. The program was very grueling, expensive but worth it. I only had to lose a year of income. I believe it was designed mostly for career changers.
I would not recommend it for everybody but for a highly motivated mature student it is an excellent option. I found my clinical knowledge equal to that of other nurses.
This was 14 years ago and I never felt wanting because of an educational lack. I feel I need to add that I had worked as a nursing assistant for many years putting myself through college the first time and that probably did more than anything to make me a good nurse.
I'd like to put a positive spin on accelerated programs because nursing education can be very inaccessible for those who want to change careers. It certainly isn't a solution for everyone OR for the nursing shortage. A very small number of people are right for these programs.
[This message has been edited by Enright (edited March 08, 2001).]