RN-BSN in MN

  1. 0 I know about MetroState, Bethel, and St. Kates, but are there any other RN-BSN programs in the MN Twin Cities area that I'm missing?

    Anyone have any opinions on any of these. I'm thinking about going with Bethel once I get some experience under my belt.
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    casi has '3' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'LTC'. From 'Minnesota'; 31 Years Old; Joined Jun '05; Posts: 2,117; Likes: 2,122.

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  3. Visit  mom2cka profile page
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    St. Scholastica (css.edu)
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    Mn State Mkto-Primarily online
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    UND online though distance education dept.
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    I have heard wonderful things about Bethel's RN to BSN program from several nurses
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    Quote from cokeforbreakfast
    UND online though distance education dept.
    I am entering their MH NP program in the fall.
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    Anyone hear anything about how primarily online Mankato state is? Reading up on their program it looks like you have to do some classroom time, but it really doesn't say if I'd be taking monthly or weekly trips to Mankato.

    Also wondering if anyone has heard anything about MN State Moorehead. They also appear to offer a fully online RN-BSN program.
  9. Visit  Leyla~ profile page
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    I'm finishing up my RN-BSN at Bethel in December. The staff there are wonderful and very supportive. I love the fact that classes are only one night a week. Also, there are zero exams. Most course work involves turning in 3-5 page (double spaced) papers each week. Some of the courses like Public Health Nursing or Baccalaureat Nursing Roles do have larger projects without the weekly papers. If you hate writing papers it's not the place to go, but if you have strong communication skills you'll excel in that format.

    Good luck!

    P.S. I didn't have to take any additional courses to start their program. No microbiology for me!
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    Quote from Leyla~
    I'm finishing up my RN-BSN at Bethel in December. The staff there are wonderful and very supportive. I love the fact that classes are only one night a week. Also, there are zero exams. Most course work involves turning in 3-5 page (double spaced) papers each week. Some of the courses like Public Health Nursing or Baccalaureat Nursing Roles do have larger projects without the weekly papers. If you hate writing papers it's not the place to go, but if you have strong communication skills you'll excel in that format.

    Good luck!

    P.S. I didn't have to take any additional courses to start their program. No microbiology for me!
    I have a friend at work who just finished at Bethel and she had nothing but great things to say about it. I just filled out the online app and am waiting on my transcripts to go through. I had micro but not statistics or any sort of math, will I need to take those before getting in? And the papers make me a little nervous. It's been a long time since I've had to write a paper, perhaps I should take a refresher course?

    Thanks for any details you may be able to give.
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    Quote from livesinscrubs
    I have a friend at work who just finished at Bethel and she had nothing but great things to say about it. I just filled out the online app and am waiting on my transcripts to go through. I had micro but not statistics or any sort of math, will I need to take those before getting in? And the papers make me a little nervous. It's been a long time since I've had to write a paper, perhaps I should take a refresher course?

    Thanks for any details you may be able to give.
    If you were able to write the above, without massive re-editing, you shouldn't have much trouble with the papers. Yes there are silly APA formatting rules to follow, but they give you an overview in the first course. It's my understanding that those who struggle with the papers have had difficulty with English courses in the past. You need a fair sense of basic grammar. Also, some have difficulty with the assignments because they don't read the directions clearly and write papers about the wrong (though somewhat related) topics. I.e. if the instructor asks you to debate the benefits of two different opposing topics, and you only write about one of the topics that could be a problem. If you have decent communication skills you won't have much trouble.

    If you want to give me your email I can send you a few examples of the papers I've had to write.

    As for statistics, I suggest you contact an admissions advisor and ask. I don't know what the pre-reqs are for sure.
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    For those who've taken part in Bethel's program. How is religion incorporated if at all? I know Bethel is a religious school which is what makes me shy away from them as I'm very not religious.
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    You don't have to be religious to go to Bethel. Bethel will expose you to different worldviews, not indoctrinate you into its baptist heritage. I didn't go to Bethel, but did go to another private religious school in MN. Must say I am glad I had to take "religion" classes. These classes may seem irrelevant (I know it did to me at first), but it broadened my perspective. Wouldn't let the whole religion stand in the way. It can be as important or as unimportant as you want to make it.
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    For those who've taken part in Bethel's program. How is religion incorporated if at all? I know Bethel is a religious school which is what makes me shy away from them as I'm very not religious.
    It really depends on the instructor as to the level that Christianity is incorporated. Many of the instructors do start the class periods out with a short devotion and a prayer. I know at least one of our shorter text books was written by a Catholic priest and focused on Jesus Christ in relation to caring/serving others. A few of the in class assignments did involve Bible verses. In the public health course some of the students were assigned to follow parish nurses. As a Christian, used to the secular formats of K-12 and other colleges, I felt less like an outsider with the inclusion of Christianity into the course work. Had the focus been preachy, or overbearing, that would have bothered me. Instead, it felt like just a part of the natural flow of things.

    There were muslims in my classes, as well as Catholics, and those who didn't believe in God or any other sort of higher power. All viewpoints were treated with respect. I guess it all depends on how tolerant you are. If you want to avoid all mention of God, it's probably not the way to go. If having other people pray, and occasional discussions about Christ don't bother you, then it's probably not going to be very big deal.


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