I am currently in a situation that I know most of us have experienced. I am currently working as a social worker/therapist and due to the economy, I am working less than what I am worth. I am losing interest in the Social work profession due to limited opportunities for growth and a sense of fulfillment in really helping others! I REALLY enjoy working with people and my interest in the medical field has grown due to my experience in healthcare and my change in diet by living a healthier lifestyle.
I am in a situation where I want to apply to an accelerated BSN program. However, many accelerated programs require you to take prerequisites first. I have applied to Community college but they have given me a lot of difficulties in selecting the courses I needed because some of the courses were reserved for their nursing students only. I am applying to Villanova University's program because they have an option were I can take majority of my courses there and complete my BSN degree within 2 years. I have found that applying to community college in order to take prereqs have been difficult and I want to just apply to a nursing program and complete all of my courses at one institution.
I want to know if there are any programs in near or in the Philadelphia area that I can take most of courses and complete my BSN degree?
I applied to UPenn's nursing program and have been placed on their waiting list and later denied. Currently, I know that they were the only program that accepted students for their 27-month option. However, the 27 month option for their BSN program is now obsolete and only have the 18-month option to complete the program! I currently, have a B.A. in Psychology and a Master of Social Work degree.
All recommendations are welcomed!! Thank you in advance!
Jul 11, '11
by Bob_N_VA, RN
Let me tag on one more time. I don't disagree with either Chuck or Czyga, pick the program that makes the most sense for you. My recommendation to go the quickest route is based on fact that in my area, new grads with Associates or Diplomas are getting hired as well as the 4+ year degree grads so there really isn't a penalty as of yet for not going the BSN. I'm in a hospital based program in Newport News VA, and its still a diploma program. We get lots of clinical time since the system (Riverside) has a multitude of facilities to place its students. Riverside also hires a good percentage of its own grads (would really suck if they didn't hire diploma students while they churn them out) so getting a job while not a sure thing, isnt out of the realm of possibility. We also have a good share of AS nurses from the local CC's.
Oh, and as much as the ladies would hate to agree, guys do have an advantage in getting hired over women. We are the minority, we tend to have less reasons for needing time off, etc, etc. I'll keep my fingers crossed it's true come 2013 when I go for a job.
From what I know (which is mostly what I hear from the instructors) is that advanced practice nursing programs want to see some experience, preferably critical care before they let you in. In my opinion, getting a masters without much practical experience puts you behind the power curve, HR will figure you want a higher salary with all that schooling but you won't be any more productive than any other new hire, usually at a lower rate. That may not be the case all over, so feel free to disagree, but I still hold by my original advice. Once you get a few years of OJT, then you should be hirable pretty much anywhere you want to go. You can always work the BSN as a part time gig while still working full time. Good Luck
Last edit by Bob_N_VA on Jul 11, '11
Not at all - I am delighted that you are interested. I am working on my PhD, investigating the symptom cluster of pain, dyspnea, fatigue, and sleep distubance in people with COPD from both a genotypic and phenotypic perspective. I have an NIH training grant so I am not doing clinical work atvthis time.
If you are interested in teaching and research in addition to patient care I would suggest that you consider a masters etp program. I was also interested in these roles and did and ms etp, it was the right choice for me. If you are intested in ped, then a peds oriented program would be good. I think you will find that most MS programs have enough public health to obviate the need for an MPH, unless you really want to work solely in this domain.
Did you ask Penn about your application? You might want to reapply. A number of people got in my program on their second or third try. I would especially urge this if you are thinking of a research career. The contacts you would make at Penn would be very helpful.
Last edit by czyja on Jul 15, '11