Where to find Accelerated BSN with good clinicals - page 2

by Kisskaos

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I have been browsing through tons of colleges offering all kinds of nursing programs and promising they are the best. I already have bachelors degree in non medical field so it makes it very tempting to go for 12 - 15 months... Read More


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    Arizona State University has a Post-Bacclaureate BSN program for people, like you, who have a prior unrelated degree. I am in their traditional BSN program and I know the post-baccs have rotations in every area--long term care, med/surg, psych, peds, OB, critical care, and an immersion in an area of your choice depending on availability.

    The post-bacc program is 12 months from January-December, but they also have an accelerate program for non-post-bacc students that runs for 15 months.
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    I am currently finishing up in the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Accelerated BSN program. Here is the link: Accelerated Online Bachelor's to BSN — College of Nursing

    The theory coursework is all done online, so you can live at home. The program will set you up within 50 miles of your home (if possible) for clinical rotations (as long as your state/area has preceptors available...the list of states is on the website). There are three times that you would have to visit Wisconsin: once for orientation weekend (Friday-Sunday if I'm remembering correctly), a "bootcamp" session (two weeks with combined lab/precepted clinical), and Capstone week (one week at the end of the program for testing and graduation). We have 728 hours of clinicals in: Adult Health I & II (usually Med/Surg or something similar), Mental Health or OB (depending on preceptors), Pediatrics or Geriatrics (depending on preceptors), Community Health, and Senior Synthesis (you can choose an area that you'd like experience in). I believe the curriculum is available as well on the website.
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    I was in the same boat as the OP, in fact I'm from Long Island and got my first B.S. at Stony Brook University. I found a college down in pennsylvania called Mount Aloysius College, They have a ADN, but also have a 2+2 BSN. With my first degree, i was able to only take half the classes required and will be getting both my ADN and BSN in 2 years total. Id suggest you look at the college, there an amazing school, clinicals at a choice of 5 hospitals in the area and a good name. I think I saw someone saying a hospital in Philly wont hire ADNs, but hospitals dont differentiate, they require a BSN within a year but thats it.

    On the BSN note, I have a friend who goes to Drexel for their ABSN program and wishes he went the ADN/BSN route I did, he complains about the high drop out rate and how much stress they put you through. Its completely about what you want, but id suggest you look at an ADN/BSN route. Honestly all they care about is your personal grades and your aspirations.
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    Wow! This Mount Aloysis College sounds really awesome! It might be the best option to get both ADN and BSN in 2 years.
    I'm on my TEAS preparation right now so I will have to take a look on all suggested schools in a couple of days. Thank you all, I really appreciate your help!
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    your from NYC so im sure you considered Columbia, Stony Brook (my Alma Mater), maybe yale. But the ABSN is more of a sprint to complete it, and if your like me and you cant spend 8 hours in a classroom in a straight row, the ABSN option may not be right. My ADN/BSN may take 2 years but i have more time to practice and the other benefit is i'm sandwiched between a large (for the area at least) trauma center and a well known teaching hoospital (that also has a nursing program). And pittsburgh is about an hour away.
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    sorry wrong post!
    Last edit by allycat77 on Mar 19, '13 : Reason: mistake
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    Quote from bug2621
    Well, It really depends on if you are willing to move. I recently graduated from Winston Salem State University's ABSN program, in NC and you will earn a BSN. There are some leadership courses but that's the nature of the beast with a BSN. You will of course have Med-Surg, Maternity, Pediatric, Mental Health and Community rotations. At the end of it all you will have to complete a 120-hour preceptorship where you work one on one with a nurse in an adult medical-surgical area. Ultimately I feel that this program gives you a well rounded curriculum that prepares you to be a BSN nurse.

    As far as ADNs having to work in nursing homes vs hospitals, I'm not sure that is a definite generalizations, but rather it depends on the area you live in. Here the hospital I work at will hire ADNs, but they have to have their BSN by 2015, so you may as well do a ABSN program.

    Good luck!
    lianna88,
    i dream of getting back to the southeast once i finish my BSN. though my husband can't handle moving back to FL, we feel like NC might be a nice compromise. he is in the tech industry so we think somewhere in the triangle might work. how is it getting into a hospital there? our BSN program has given us a choice of doing our last semester preceptorship in hospitals around the country (as long as they are willing), would that help my chances of getting into a hospital, even though I am from out of state?
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    Quote from Kisskaos
    Thank you guys for the suggestions! Currently I live in NYC and totally willing to move for a good school.

    Hgiganti, Colorado State University looks very good by any chance, do you remember what was the cut off GPA and is there any pre-entrance exam (TEAS, HESI)?

    Bug2621, I went to WSSU website but couldn't see the accelerated programm.. I guess I have to search for it better. How long did it take you to graduate?

    Lianna88, I guess the ADN vs BSN situation is similar in highly populated neighborhoods since you are saying Phylly has the same problem as NYC.
    The minimum GPA Is a 3.25...they normally average like 3.5 and up though!! (I believe they mainly just look at the pre-req GPA!
    There was no TEAS yet or anything! Good luck!!
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    Quote from Kisskaos
    Thank you guys for the suggestions! Currently I live in NYC and totally willing to move for a good school.

    Hgiganti, Colorado State University looks very good by any chance, do you remember what was the cut off GPA and is there any pre-entrance exam (TEAS, HESI)?

    Bug2621, I went to WSSU website but couldn't see the accelerated programm.. I guess I have to search for it better. How long did it take you to graduate?

    Lianna88, I guess the ADN vs BSN situation is similar in highly populated neighborhoods since you are saying Phylly has the same problem as NYC.
    In Colorado there is also the Accelerated BSN at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus. The minimum GPA is 2.5, but your pre-req grades do matter. My GPA, due to my prior degree is 2.95 right now. That being said, I did very well on my pre-reqs showing that I am a different student than I was 13 years ago. There is a HESI test requirement, and that counts for a lot, and an interview. They interview 40 and accept 24 students.It is a good school and good program.

    If I have time I will tell you about the experience once classes start here in May.

    There is also Pikes Peak Community College here in the Springs that has a nursing program. There is a dual enrollment option with UCCS. So, you get your 2 year RN from Pikes Peak and finish up at UCCS. You are taking courses at both, but have to pass the NCLEX to take the last course from UCCS. If you have all the required courses done it would mean only 1 semester more after your associates to complete your BSN.

    Good luck with your goals.
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    Hi

    Do you need a car to get to the clinicals? Are all of the clinical sites located in the city?

    Thanks


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