BSN program: Accelerated vs. Full-time

  1. Hello all,

    I'm stuck between two schools. One is strictly accelerated and the other has part-time, full-time, and accelerated. I thought accelerated was full time but I guess maybe there's a difference? Full time gets summer off while part-time and accelerated don't? Is there one that's easier maybe? I would like to be done with school but I don't know if I could handle being swamped and vulnerable for failure..

    One of my friends showed me a picture of her homework that had to do with conversions like military time and dosage calculations. I said,"Did your teacher, I hope, teach you dosage conversions?" She said "No, it's nursing school, they don't teach us anything". Hence, this post.


    Btw, ADN is out of the question.
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   Luckyyou
    Dosage calc is basic high school algebra, and there's approximately ten billion books on the subject should you need them. I can't imagine an instructor spending any class time explaining military time.
  4. by   Beldar_the_Cenobite
    Quote from Luckyyou
    Dosage calc is basic high school algebra, and there's approximately ten billion books on the subject should you need them. I can't imagine an instructor spending any class time explaining military time.
    Military time is easy to me. I'm not worried about that. That's stupid easy. I'm just worried about when I have tricky questions that might have to do with IV drip rates, or kg to mL with what you have and the weight of the patient, etc. I would just like the teacher to teach some kind of approach or have some kind of personal in school resource that they have that makes it really simple to learn.

    I don't want to miss a single problem or mess up on decimal placement on a dosage calculations quiz that you have to get 100% on in order to continue on through the program.
  5. by   soutthpaw
    Accelerated usually runs straight through Summer making the nursing component about 16-18 months instead of 2 years which would be normal full time doing Spring and Fall semesters.
  6. by   Beldar_the_Cenobite
    Quote from soutthpaw
    Accelerated usually runs straight through Summer making the nursing component about 16-18 months instead of 2 years which would be normal full time doing Spring and Fall semesters.
    I see you're a BSN student in Sparks, NV, are you going to UNR?
  7. by   Guy in Babyland
    Do you have a bachelor degree already? ABSN programs require you to have a non-nursing BS degree.

    Why is an ADN program out of the question?

    All nursing schools teach you dosage calculations. It is very important part of nursing.
  8. by   Beldar_the_Cenobite
    Quote from Guy in Babyland
    Do you have a bachelor degree already? ABSN programs require you to have a non-nursing BS degree.

    Why is an ADN program out of the question?

    All nursing schools teach you dosage calculations. It is very important part of nursing.
    ADN is out of the question because I'd like to get my BSN which is going to soon be mandatory. UNLV and NSC, in Las Vegas, don't warn pre-nursing students that having a Bachelors for their programs would be advisable. I don't know if NSC has accelerated for sure, but UNLV does and I asked the advisors their who work with pre-nursing students for the program if having a Bachelors is necessary and they said,"No."
  9. by   shibaowner
    Accelerated BSN (ABSN) programs are for people who already have a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field. UNLV has a regular BSN program that is only 16 months long. If you are going to school full-time, it is recommended you only work 10-15 hours per week max. If you can finish your BSN in 16 months, use financial aid. In addition, there are many loan repayment programs after you finish school. You mentioned you wanted to work for the VA and they have a loan repayment program.
  10. by   Beldar_the_Cenobite
    Quote from shibaowner
    Accelerated BSN (ABSN) programs are for people who already have a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field. UNLV has a regular BSN program that is only 16 months long. If you are going to school full-time, it is recommended you only work 10-15 hours per week max. If you can finish your BSN in 16 months, use financial aid. In addition, there are many loan repayment programs after you finish school. You mentioned you wanted to work for the VA and they have a loan repayment program.
    Read the last sentence of my comment above this comment you just posted where it says where I asked the advisors who work with pre-nursing students.
  11. by   shibaowner
    I don't understand your response to me. A traditional Accelerated BSN is only for students who already have a bachelor's in a non-nursing field. I looked at the UNLV website and they do not require a bachelor's. However, one can complete their program in 16 months. So UNLV is not "accelerated" in the traditional sense of the word in nursing education. In order to complete a BSN in 16 months (and some are 13 months), it means just 1 - 3 weeks summer vacation and in some cases, shorter Christmas breaks. A student might have to carry a slightly heavier course load (like 1 extra class in certain semesters). Is it hard? Yes. Is it doable? Yes. I did a 16 month ABSN.
  12. by   Beldar_the_Cenobite
    Quote from shibaowner
    I don't understand your response to me. A traditional Accelerated BSN is only for students who already have a bachelor's in a non-nursing field. I looked at the UNLV website and they do not require a bachelor's. However, one can complete their program in 16 months. So UNLV is not "accelerated" in the traditional sense of the word in nursing education. In order to complete a BSN in 16 months (and some are 13 months), it means just 1 - 3 weeks summer vacation and in some cases, shorter Christmas breaks. A student might have to carry a slightly heavier course load (like 1 extra class in certain semesters). Is it hard? Yes. Is it doable? Yes. I did a 16 month ABSN.
    So UNLV's program is a milder accelerated program? Can you look at Nevada State College too? I thought about their program but I don't know if they have an accelerated program like UNLV or slightly easier full-time work load than UNLV.
  13. by   Beldar_the_Cenobite
    Quote from shibaowner
    I don't understand your response to me. A traditional Accelerated BSN is only for students who already have a bachelor's in a non-nursing field. I looked at the UNLV website and they do not require a bachelor's. However, one can complete their program in 16 months. So UNLV is not "accelerated" in the traditional sense of the word in nursing education. In order to complete a BSN in 16 months (and some are 13 months), it means just 1 - 3 weeks summer vacation and in some cases, shorter Christmas breaks. A student might have to carry a slightly heavier course load (like 1 extra class in certain semesters). Is it hard? Yes. Is it doable? Yes. I did a 16 month ABSN.
    I mean what's the difference between a traditional accelerated program vs. UNLV's?
  14. by   shibaowner
    A traditional accelerated program is only for people who already have a non-nursing bachelor's degree.

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