I am looking for a program to bridge from an ADN in Nursing to a nurse practitioner tract with using a Bachelor's degree in another field of study (Biology) to complete the bridge across the BSN to the MSN. I know this bridge does exist but I don't know where. I am thinking about going back to school but I am in my 50's with 30 years of Nursing experience. I don't want to go to school for years just to retire or have student loans in mmy 60's. Also ? fully online programs? Fastest programs? Least expensive?Thanks for all your help!!
Dec 29, '09
I am in a similar situation. I have an ADN and a BA. I am going to take a bridge program through the U of Phoenix toward my MSN NP program. The bridge will take four months or so I am told.
The program I will take is a "on-campus" program though we will only meet once every two weeks for all-day classroom sessions. As of today, the cost will be in the 25k to 27k range for the entire program though I am confident inflation will drive up the costs along the way.
I would suggest you see if there is a U of P near you and consider this as one option.
Best of luck to you,
Dec 29, '09
You should look into Drexel University's online program. The bridge portion consists of three courses. I've been in the program for a year and very happy with it so far. They are on the quarter system- each quarter is 10 weeks long. Since I work full time, I take 1 course per quarter- which seems like plenty! I'm in a NP program, which takes longer than others because of the clinical component, but I figure it will take me another 3 years or so to complete.
Dec 29, '09
There are a number of RN to MSN programs where no bachelors in anything is required or earned during the program. Frontier School of Nursing, UNC Chappel Hill and Vanderbuilt among them.
Google RN to MSN and explore the results.
Oct 19, '10
Sacred Heart University of Fairfield, CT has a ADN None BSN Bachelors online MSN program in Education, CNL or Administration. I think they also offer a NP program> FYI for those of you ADN Bachelor types.
Oct 20, '10
Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing has an option for those having a bachelors in a different subject. You can apply directly to the MSN program, no bridge needed, by using the portfolio process. They describe it in detail on their website. Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing - Midwifery and Family Nursing Education - Become a Certified Nurse Midwife or Family Nurse Practitioner
and if you are accepted, you go straight into the MSN program, no bridge program needed. You will have to have had statistics in the last 10 years ( or take it before you start classes) and you will need to have had a physical assessment class. Frontier offers both of these in a 12 week term format that you can take them even brides being admitted.
They also admit 8 classes per year, so you don't necessarily have to wait until next fall to start. Good luck!
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