RN-BSN in MN - page 2

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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... Read More


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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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    Quote from casi
    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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    I went to St. Scholastica, and while I had to take a religion class, did not feel it was focused on religion; I am not Catholic, and am agnostic leaning towards the athiest piece, and really didn't have an issue with it. Even the nuns who taught a couple of classes were not bothersome. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but it was better than I thought it would be.
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    I also went to St. Scholastica and I had to take one religion class which focused more on spirituality than Catholicism. The nun that taught my class was very interesting and open minded, never judging. The overall 9 month RN-BSN program contains a lot of writing, but the online program was very helpful. The deal breaker for me was the length of the program. I wanted to have my BSN completed as quickly as possible.
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    Quote from Leyla~
    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.

    I will probably take you up on that offer. I will need a math of some sort because I never took a math in college, other than that I should be set, just waiting for my transcripts to come over. Thanks for the advice and encouragement. My friends really enjoyed the program so I hope I will as well.
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    If you don't mind my asking- how much did the RN-BSN program at Bethel run you? I have 3 yrs of undergrad work under my belt there anyway- no math though. Going to take NCLEX on Weds- graduated from Century-Inver Hills. Kind of in a tough financial spot- heard that the U of Phoenix is insanely pricey, it only appealed because it was online.

    Any advice?
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    MaxsMomma,
    I ended up applying to University of North Dakota (they have a tuition deal you can get as an MN resident) and Minnesota State University- Moorhead as they both have completely online programs with decent tuition costs. I would suggest looking into them.

    The reason I didn't apply to Bethel is because they want their students to have a year experience as an RN. Needless to say I'm going on for my BSN because very few are willing to consider new grads for jobs.
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    St Cloud State has an awesome BSN program. They've recently expanded too and now have a program starting in the fall and an accelerated program for those with a prior degree. They've more than doubled their capacity to admit students in the last 2 or 3 years. They have all new labs that just recently opened this spring.

    I just graduated from the traditional program this spring. It really is a great program.

    I guess having an associates wouldn't help though, it's not an RN - BSN program.
    Last edit by wezzie, RN on Jul 22, '10
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    I'm still looking for a RN-BSN program. Made the decision to jump in this fall.
    Anyone know what the tuition costs are for Bethel?


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