Where to find Accelerated BSN with good clinicals

  1. 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 accelerated BSN and save time on ADN (which is 2 years of nursing courses resulting in lower degree )

    My final career goal is to pursue a degree of Nurse Anasthetist or Midwife.
    But every time I check accelerated BSN curriculum I don't see the courses such as Surgical-Medical and Maternal Nursing, instead it's loaded with Nurse Management and related administration courses. I have no interest to become a Nurse Administartor. So I was wondering if anyone knows a college which offers accelerated BSN but actually has Nursing courses? And has reasonable price?

    Also I've heard a lot that RNs with ADN most likely will be able to get a job at a nursing home or rehab, and hospitals hire only BSN nurses. Is that true?

    Thanks for any help!!!
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  3. by   Nursestudent14
    Which state are you from? Are you willing to move to other states? I think if people knew a general area they might have more suggestions.
  4. by   hgiganti
    I don't know what state your in buy if your willing to go anywhere, I would recommend Colorado state university-pueblo. I went there and the clinical experience was great! They are fairly easy to get into. (not a huge waiting list like some schools) Good luck to you!!

    Also, about your ADN comment... As far as I know...they get job just as easily as BSN nurses. I recently went through orientation at my new job and I was surprised that out of all the new grads in there... I was the only BSN nurse... The rest were ADN! And there was about 40 of us!!!
    But your def able to move up faster with a BSN degree!
  5. by   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!
  6. by   flyersfan88
    Quote from hgiganti

    Also, about your ADN comment... As far as I know...they get job just as easily as BSN nurses. I recently went through orientation at my new job and I was surprised that out of all the new grads in there... I was the only BSN nurse... The rest were ADN! And there was about 40 of us!!!
    But your def able to move up faster with a BSN degree!

    that all depends on where you live. I live in the Philadelphia metro area, and there's not a single hospital in the tri-state area hiring ADN's.
  7. by   chyna016
    They all have the classes you are talking about, they have just given them different names. Maternal nursing at my school is called "Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family" and Med Surg is "Adult and Elder Nursing Care".

    The least expensive schools for BSN are state schools, but you need to be a resident, and cost will vary by state.
  8. by   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.
  9. by   Nursestudent14
    There are accelerated programs in Wisconsin with good rating too! University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and Bellin College both have accelerated programs! I currently attend Bellin and love it! They have a bunch of good clinicals and teachers. It's a private college so it is a little pricey but its a nicer area.
  10. by   bug2621
    Yea...the info can be a little tricky to find...here's the link to the application and a brief overview of the program


    The program is the exact same as the standard four year program, but you are just taking the required nursing components because you already have a bachelor's degree. From start to finish it is 13 months of fast paced crazy.

    If you want to get an idea of the program, look under the nursing program in general. You can also call the school and they can give you more information. The program is quite fast paced, but in the end I feel that you are prepared. I just took my NCLEX and passed, and also everyone of my classmates that has taken the test have passed thus far.
  11. by   meeep
    Georgia State University had a great ABSN program and includes the appropriate clinical experiences. It is highly competitive though, and if you have an aversion to downtown Atlanta it may not be the best choice. If not, check it out!
  12. by   labornursemeghan
    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.
  13. by   CC Wisconsin
    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.
  14. by   Fireman767
    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.