Originally posted by Bikechicky
Hello! I am a diploma RN, with over 25 years of experience (Yikes! I don't feel that old!) Now that my son is graduating high school I think I finally have the time to get my BSN. It has always aggravated me that my 3 year diploma makes it so difficult to go on and get my BSN. I'm currently looking into RN to BSN programs at College of Notre Dame, Excellsior, U of Towson. Does anyone have any experience with Diploma to BSN?? I'm curious how many prereq. I'll have to do? I'm concerned about both the time and the cost of getting this done. I look forward to the advanced nursing classes but not to repeating things or re-learning things that don't directly apply to my nursing practice.
The good news is that there are many online choices now that you are not limited to your local area. With so many choices you can shop around to see who gives the most credits for your diploma and nursing experience. Some may allow portfolios to demonstrate experiences that you may have gained. Most colleges accept proficiency examinations and CLEP is the most well known. I always encourage nurses to use this option. Diploma nurses through experience may have picked up knowledge in some areas like sociology, psychology, biology, etc.
As I mentioned in my book, a psyc. tech. that I worked with took 3 CLEPs. He passed 1 and failed 2. He studied and re-took the 2 he failed and passed them on the second try. He started his college career with 9 credits. A nurse that I worked with was in an LPN/RN program. In her last semester she found she was shy 1 sociology course and would not graduate with her class. She took a CLEP exam, passed, and was able to graduate with her class. Even if you have to review and study before the exam, they are inexpensive and you do not need to do assignments, only take one test. Be sure to check if colleges will accept and what score they expect. Good luck.