RN-BSN Online Programs

  1. I have been a RN for sixteen years with an Associates Degree. I also have always wanted to be a nursing instructor but have been very reluctant about going back to school, mostly because of my age. I will be 49 in May :imbar. I wanted to post this so that maybe I can get some feedback from those of you who have gone on to further their career, and also for those of you who can give me some 'positive' feedback in regards to possibly being too 'old'.

    I also would like any information on BSN online programs. I am currently looking into Indiana Weslyn.

    Thanks for any information you can give me.

    Kathy
    Ohio
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  3. by   Silverdragon102
    just want to wish you sorry not able to answer your question
  4. by   Tweety
    Welcome to Allnurses!

    I am 47 years old and doing an online RN to BSN program. I would say the majority of my fellow students are 40 plus, many in their 50's and one in her 60s. I hope to finish this June and in September start an MSN program in education. With my BSN I can teach a clinical group, with an MSN I can teach the class in the classroom or online.

    I am loving the online experience. Check out this thread here where we are discussing RN to BSN programs. http://allnurses.com/forums/f125/rn-...ne-105380.html

    Good luck!
  5. by   kdblueey
    Quote from Tweety
    Welcome to Allnurses!

    I am 47 years old and doing an online RN to BSN program. I would say the majority of my fellow students are 40 plus, many in their 50's and one in her 60s. I hope to finish this June and in September start an MSN program in education. With my BSN I can teach a clinical group, with an MSN I can teach the class in the classroom or online.

    I am loving the online experience. Check out this thread here where we are discussing RN to BSN programs. http://allnurses.com/forums/f125/rn-...ne-105380.html

    Good luck!
    Tweety:

    I am new to allnures.com and ran across your post. What online program are you taking? It's nice to know that there are some nurses going back to get their BSN or MSN, when they are in their 40's, 50's, and even 60's. I guess it's never to late to go back to school. I am in the 'gathering info' stage of finding a good (and not so expensive) online program for nurses. And I was very hesitant about going back since I will be 49 this year :imbar

    Thanks for any reply.

    Kathy
    Ohio
  6. by   traumaRUs
    Hi there. If being an instructor is your goal, I would look for a program that is ADN to MSN and skip the BSN. When I went back to school (age 44 in 2002), I knew that my ultimate goal was the MSN. I am very sorry that I went the BSN to MSN route because I could have saved myself some time and lots of $$$. I would look for this type of program.

    Your age is not a deciding factor - I'm 48 now and I figure that I will be working for another 20 years (probably just paying off the student loans - lol). Seriously, my MSN gives me more options.

    Take care and good luck.
  7. by   kdblueey
    Quote from traumaRUs
    Hi there. If being an instructor is your goal, I would look for a program that is ADN to MSN and skip the BSN. When I went back to school (age 44 in 2002), I knew that my ultimate goal was the MSN. I am very sorry that I went the BSN to MSN route because I could have saved myself some time and lots of $$$. I would look for this type of program.

    Your age is not a deciding factor - I'm 48 now and I figure that I will be working for another 20 years (probably just paying off the student loans - lol). Seriously, my MSN gives me more options.

    Take care and good luck.
    Thanks for replying and that is great advice. I wasn't aware that there was actual programs where you could go straight to get your MSN. Would you mind emailing me back and give me a little info about your experience (being an older student ) and how tough it was? It would be greatly appreciated. Why did you want your MSN? Teach??

    Thanks
  8. by   traumaRUs
    No problem. I was very stupid and thought I wanted to go into management so I got an MSN with a concentration in management and leadership. however, 6 months later, I was like "oh oh, I hate management." So, I did a post-MSN CNS and have been much happier.

    Here is a position paper from the AACN about ADN to MSN programs:

    http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Media/FactS...letionProg.htm

    And here is a list of schools that offer ADN to MSN online tracks:

    Alabama Kentucky
    Samford University Bellarmine University
    The University of Alabama University of Kentucky
    The University of Alabama in Huntsville Louisiana
    University of Alabama at Birmingham Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
    University of Mobile Maine
    Arkansas Husson College
    University of Central Arkansas Saint Joseph's College
    California University of Southern Maine
    California State University-Bakersfield Maryland
    California State University-Fullerton University of Maryland
    Loma Linda University Massachusetts
    University of San Diego Boston College
    Colorado MGH Institute of Health Professions
    University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Northeastern University
    Connectict Regis College
    Sacred Heart University Salem State College
    Saint Joseph College Simmons College
    University of Connecticut University of Massachusetts-Worcester
    Delaware Michigan
    University of Delaware Madonna University
    Wesley College Saginaw Valley State University
    Florida University of Detroit Mercy
    Barry University University of Michigan-Flint
    Florida Southern College University of Michigan
    University of Central Florida Minnesota
    University of Florida Augsburg College
    University of North Florida Metropolitan State University
    University of South Florida Winona State University
    Georgia Mississippi
    Armstrong Atlantic State University University of Mississippi Medical Center
    Emory University University of Southern Mississippi
    Georgia College & State University Missouri
    Georgia Southern University Graceland University
    Georgia State University Jewish Hospital College of Nursing
    Medical College of Georgia Maryville University-St. Louis
    Valdosta State University Saint Louis University
    Hawaii University of Missouri-Kansas City
    Hawaii Pacific University University of Missouri-St. Louis
    Illinois Nevada
    Loyola University Chicago University of Nevada-Las Vegas
    Rush University Medical Center New Jersey
    Indiana Monmouth University
    Ball State University New York
    Indiana University School of Nursing D'Youville College
    Purdue University-Calumet Daemen College
    University of Southern Indiana Excelsior College
    Valparaiso University Long Island University
    Iowa Molloy College
    University of Iowa Pace University
    Kansas SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome
    University of Kansas SUNY/Stony Brook
    Wichita State University University at Buffalo
    University of Rochester
    Schools Offering RN to Master's Programs, Fall 2004
    SOURCE: American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Research and Data Center, 2005
    AACN is not responsible for errors in reporting by respondent institutions.
    North Carolina Virginia
    East Carolina University Hampton University
    Queens University of Charlotte Marymount University
    The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Radford University
    University of North Carolina-Charlotte Shenandoah University
    University of North Carolina-Wilmington Virginia Commonwealth University
    North Dakota Washington
    University of Mary Gonzaga University
    Ohio Pacific Lutheran University
    Capital University Washington State University
    Case Western Reserve University West Virginia
    Medical College of Ohio West Virginia University
    The University of Akron Wheeling Jesuit University
    University of Cincinnati Wisconsin
    Xavier University University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
    Oregon University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Oregon Health and Science University
    Pennsylvania
    Bloomsburg University
    Carlow University
    Clarion University
    College Misericordia
    DeSales University
    Drexel University
    Gannon University
    Holy Family University
    La Salle University
    Neumann College
    Pennsylvania State University
    Thomas Jefferson University
    University of Pittsburgh
    University of Scranton
    Waynesburg College
    Wilkes University
    South Carolina
    Medical University of South Carolina
    South Dakota
    South Dakota State University
    Tennessee
    Southern Adventist University
    University of Tennessee-Knoxville
    Vanderbilt University
    Texas
    Baylor University
    Midwestern State University
    Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
    Texas Christian University
    Texas Woman's University
    University of Texas-El Paso
    University of Texas-Tyler
    University of Texas Health Sciences Center-San Ant
    Schools Offering RN to Master's Programs, Fall 2004
    SOURCE: American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Research and Data Center, 2005
    AACN is not responsible for errors in reporting by respondent institutions.
  9. by   Tweety
    I'm going to FHCHS. http://onlinenursing.fhchs.edu/

    Good idea about going ADN to MSN, that would save time/money and cut down on a couple of courses.

    Good luck in whatever you do!
  10. by   Franny RN
    Hi Everyone,

    I just joined Allnurses. I am also deciding between RN-BSN and RN-MSN, does anyone know how the online programs work? Also if anyone has done any RN-MSN program, how long did it take.

    Thank you for all your help!!!
  11. by   caliotter3
    Try looking in the student forums. There is a distance learning forum there that should give you plenty of threads about these programs.

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