b.a. in bio - nursing programs and ideas?

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    Graduating with a bachelor's in the spring of 2005, what would be the best option for entering the nursing workfield (bsn, msn, both, accelerated...)? My main dilemma is decided whether to take a year off or continue directly into higher education. During the year off I would take some more classes, travel, and become a certified nurse aide. Oh, I have done some volunteering/internships in hospitals overseas (better chance into schools maybe?). Any ideas??? They would be greatly appreciated (applications are due reasonably soon).
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    Since your currently in school, I wouldn't recommend that you start your career in nursing with a MSN. To get a MSN would take an additonal three years (one for the BSN, and two for the MSN). You may wish to enter the full-time workforce, if you've not already done so, before 2008.

    If you have all the prerequisites--which usually include statistics, psych, developmentals psych, 1-2 chemsitry couses, microbiology, anatomy, physiology--then you should do one of two things.

    First, you can do an accelerated BSN, which is what I'll starting in a few weeks. However, as a second baccalareate degree student you won't be eligible for any pell grant.

    Second, you can change your major to nursing prior to graduating. If money is a major concern, this is the way to go.

    If you're already feeling burned-out with your studies, then I would advise you to take a year off. However, if your feel your ready to get started, go for it.

    Good luck.
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    I'm in a similar situation as you are, and this is how I'm handling it. I'm graduating in May with my BA in Spanish. I have some prereqs done already (I started as a Bio major), but have roughly a year of prereqs left to do. As soon as I graduate I'm going to take my prereqs at a community college while working to save up some tuition money.

    The school I'm aiming for has an accelerated bachelor's program, but it's very much full-time (can't work) and it has several extra prereqs that would take me more time to get finished than the program would save me. So I'm going to do a traditional BSN which will take me 2 years, giving me my license in May/June 2008. I didn't feel comfortable doing a direct-entry MSN program because I'd rather have the experience in the field before choosing a specialty.

    Good luck with your last year of your BA!

    Meghan
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    Hello Antares,

    I thought your advice about the accelerated program was helpful. I have so many questions about the application process. I have completed all my prereq's that most universities require, unfortunately I don't have the most perfect grades. I hear that the accelerated programs are more competitive than the traditional, i don't want to get discouraged, but I also want to be realistic with my chances of being accepted. I would really appreciate advice or, to know how the experience is so far.



    Quote from antares
    Since your currently in school, I wouldn't recommend that you start your career in nursing with a MSN. To get a MSN would take an additonal three years (one for the BSN, and two for the MSN). You may wish to enter the full-time workforce, if you've not already done so, before 2008.

    If you have all the prerequisites--which usually include statistics, psych, developmentals psych, 1-2 chemsitry couses, microbiology, anatomy, physiology--then you should do one of two things.

    First, you can do an accelerated BSN, which is what I'll starting in a few weeks. However, as a second baccalareate degree student you won't be eligible for any pell grant.

    Second, you can change your major to nursing prior to graduating. If money is a major concern, this is the way to go.

    If you're already feeling burned-out with your studies, then I would advise you to take a year off. However, if your feel your ready to get started, go for it.

    Good luck.
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    Quote from kharpe
    Hello Antares,

    I thought your advice about the accelerated program was helpful. I have so many questions about the application process. I have completed all my prereq's that most universities require, unfortunately I don't have the most perfect grades. I hear that the accelerated programs are more competitive than the traditional, i don't want to get discouraged, but I also want to be realistic with my chances of being accepted. I would really appreciate advice or, to know how the experience is so far.
    So far, so good. I have no complaints about the program, it seems manageable and I believe that I made the right decision. I really don't have much to say yet since I'm only two weeks into the program. Please post or PM me your questions and I would be happy to answer them. If you don't mind me asking, what state are you in?

    Wendy
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    Hey Antares,

    Thanks for responding. I am currently located in Oklahoma City, Ok. I have been researching many accelerated programs everywhere in the U.S. By the time I am ready to apply, I would like to be in the San Diego area. I will definately keep in touch with you. Good luck!

    Kristina


    Quote from antares
    So far, so good. I have no complaints about the program, it seems manageable and I believe that I made the right decision. I really don't have much to say yet since I'm only two weeks into the program. Please post or PM me your questions and I would be happy to answer them. If you don't mind me asking, what state are you in?

    Wendy
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    thank you so much for your input...


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