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I am just starting my ADN program this fall, so take what i tell you with a grain of salt. I think that after you get your ADN, when you start to get your BSN you have to take all of the general education classes that a Bachelors would require and then some upper level sciences and Nursing courses. I believe it would be about 2 more years at least of school, maybe a year depending on how many credits you have to begin with.That is what the local university around me said, but I'm not sure. someone here will give you a better answer.
I am currently in nursing school and my husband is an ADN nurse working on his BSN. He is getting it through the University of South Alamaba, completely online. The program is three semesters and he is almost finished with his second semester. He is very easily able to work full time and do his school work with very little strain on his time. The coursework is very easy.
There are lots of RN to BSN programs out there.....many can be completed online. Some require clinicals, some do not. Most are "mini-mesters", classes that are 6 to 8 weeks long. Some are quite expensive, others more reasonably priced. Just make sure your program in NLNAC acc. if you are planning to complete a MSN afterwards. Just pick the program that works for you....go online, call the university, etc. Gather all the info that you can before you commit to any program. There is a link on this site...the allnurses.com nursing education center....check there.
lostdruid -- So would he suggest the program? Does he feel he is getting adequate education, or is it *too* easy?
Here's what he says:
Given the way they have the clinicals set up and the fact that some of the classes are set up such that you have to take a test on ONE specific day, I would look elsewhere first. Also, their program director and clinical contact person are difficult to get ahold of if you have questions, since they only work like two days a week. They aren't bad, but I would consider other programs.
The deal with the clinical is that you have to work 120 hours with a BSN level nurse. This has to take place within one semester, it cannot be in your unit, and you cannot be paid for it. Also, they do not recommend following a CRNA (don't know about NP's yet though), so if you are planning on CRNA school, the clinical probably won't be very useful.
End quote, hope this helps. When asked "Is your BSN program too easy?" he replied by saying "I haven't learned too much from it".