Do you need your BSN before you become an NP?

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    Hi guys! I will be starting nursing school this fall, but I'm always thinking ahead ! I have an interest in possibly pursuing the NP role someday. My question is this; when I'm done with nursing school I'll have my ADN in nursing. After I get my liscence, can I then go on and get my NP liscence, or do I need to get my BSN first? Also, what if I already have a BA in another field (communications,) and my ADN in nursing? Do I still need a BSN? Just trying to figure out the best route! Thanks so much!! Louisepug
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    Quote from Louisepug
    Hi guys! I will be starting nursing school this fall, but I'm always thinking ahead ! I have an interest in possibly pursuing the NP role someday. My question is this; when I'm done with nursing school I'll have my ADN in nursing. After I get my liscence, can I then go on and get my NP liscence, or do I need to get my BSN first? Also, what if I already have a BA in another field (communications,) and my ADN in nursing? Do I still need a BSN? Just trying to figure out the best route! Thanks so much!! Louisepug
    I do know that there are RN to MS programs, but I believe you are actually awarded you BSN after 12 months and the MS after 24 months. The program I looked into requires you to have a BS in Nursing for admission to the graduate programs. Other degrees aren't acceptable. At least that is how it is at the state uni I looked into. Others may be different. I am in the same boat. I want to eventually be an Advanced Practice Nurse (NP or CNM) but am probably going to get the ADN as the first route into nursing.
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    Good question and I am in the same boat as well! I have a BA in Social Science, but am now pursuing the best route into nursing. I am considering all options - ADN, BSN, MEPN - so we'll see! I wish we were given credit for our bachelors, at least from the standpoint that if we have an ADN, and a BA in another field, we should be able to go straight to MSN... but of course, that's not the case! Oh well, we'll get there eventually.

    Best wishes!
    -j
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    There are also accelerated programs that only require a bachelors degree (non nursing and, IIRC, non RN) to pursue the MS in nursing. The case in point was a program at the University of San Diego.
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    Yes you can go into a masters program with an ADN and a bachelors degree in another field, I currently am in the same position and those are my intentions. Many schoools offer this program but you usually have to take a few prerequisites before you can start, usually about 3 classes and get a B in those courses. You have many options with the BS that you have obtained along with an ADN. Goood luck
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    Well speaking from experience, I find it very niave and frustrating that new graduate nurses and/or nursing students are pursuing their advanced degrees with no basic nursing knowledge or experience. I believe that having experience as an RN (ADN or BSN) will better you in having a base line clinical skill level to be able to advance and truly gain the proper education that SHOULD be required for your MSN or NP. I would complete your ADN or BSN program, start working and then go on for your advanced degree ( Which is what I did) . Dont you think that an advance practice nurse should be... advanced, experienced and knowledgeable?
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    Well speaking from experience, I find it very niave and frustrating that new graduate nurses and/or nursing students are pursuing their advanced degrees with no basic nursing knowledge or experience. I believe that having experience as an RN (ADN or BSN) will better you in having a base line clinical skill level to be able to advance and truly gain the proper education that SHOULD be required for your MSN or NP. I would complete your ADN or BSN program, start working and then go on for your advanced degree ( Which is what I did) . Dont you think that an advance practice nurse should be... advanced, experienced and knowledgeable?
    Experience before going to grad school is an excellent idea; however, in this economy, there are a lot of new grads that cannot get that experience, no matter how hard they try. One of the reasons many of the new grads might feel the need/push/desire to go to graduate school is to defer their loans from undergrad.

    Unfortunately, finding a job as a new grad is practically a full time job. Kudos to them for wanting to advance their education.
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    I'm surprised schools are taking new grad RNs into NP programs. My school required time as an RN as a requirement for acceptance.
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    To answer your question: NO, you do not have to have your BSN initially (ADN fine), but your MSN program will be longer to award you a BSN too or the equivilant. These are the RN-MSN programs. Again, it will be longer than the BSN - MSN which is usually 2 years.
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    Quote from RNSOCAL
    Well speaking from experience, I find it very niave and frustrating that new graduate nurses and/or nursing students are pursuing their advanced degrees with no basic nursing knowledge or experience. I believe that having experience as an RN (ADN or BSN) will better you in having a base line clinical skill level to be able to advance and truly gain the proper education that SHOULD be required for your MSN or NP. I would complete your ADN or BSN program, start working and then go on for your advanced degree ( Which is what I did) . Dont you think that an advance practice nurse should be... advanced, experienced and knowledgeable?
    I am currently in a master's of nursing program after coming straight out of an undergraduate nursing degree. By the time I am finished I will have maybe two years of bedside nursing experience. This is an honest question..."what is the difference between an individual going straight into their medical education after a bachelor's degree in many different things (with the required sciences of course) and an individual getting their advanced practice degree in nursing after a bachelor's in nursing?"


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