I am currently in an acclerated BSN. My program required a previous bachelors degree and nursing prereqs for admission. I think about 200 people applied for 45 spots. The program is a 13 month program and I only have 12 months to go
The program is very tough!! Right now I have a lab from 1-5 on Monday, class from 8-4 on Tues & Wed, class from 7:30-5 on Thurs, and Fri is usually for mandatory meetings/orientations, etc. We currently have Sat & Sun off b/c we haven't started clinicals yet. When clinicals start in March they will be Sat & Sun 6a-6p in addition to our regular classes/labs. On top of that is all of our reading, case studies, care plans
, lab work, etc.
I usually get up at 6a everyday and head to school. I would estimate that I spend at least 5 hours a day on hw everyday after class and all day (8-10 hrs) on Sat & Sun. I am currently making A's & B's. You cannot receive a class grade lower than a 77 or you're removed from the program.
I feel like I am really good at time management b/c I am able to get into bed by 10 or 11 most nights and get a full nights rest. I also try to take mini-breaks and do fun stuff like check allnurses or walk the dog, etc. I know a lot of my classmates are struggling with time management and end up staying up until 3-4 at night and then having to be at school at 7:30-8.
Good things so far are that in only 12 more months I'll be taking NCLEX, my classmates are like family after only a month, the faculty really want you to pass and do well.
Bad things so far are that I hardly ever get to see my husband, vacations and family events are not going to be on my schedule until after graduation, you constantly worry about being a good nurse after rushing through a program, you cannot work at all, stress level is VERY HIGH, you are forced to be a quick learner b/c if you're not you'l fail. We've already had two people drop b/c they couldn't make it work with family committments, budget constraints, etc.
The cons list seems longer, but I think we all knew what we were getting into. They call it accelerated for a reason. Getting in and out in a hurry was important to me so I was willing to make the sacrifices.
In a year I'll be looking back and thinking man that year went by fast and now I'm an RN!!