Accelerated BSN Programs - page 4

Accelerated BSN programs are an innovative approach to nursing education, available for individuals who hold a non-nursing bachelor's or higher degree and who are interested in moving into the field... Read More

  1. by   MaritesaRN
    Quote from VickyRN
    I don't see why not... many people work full time while going to graduate school (myself included). You may have to settle for a part-time schedule in graduate school. Many MSN programs are online; you would still need to find clinical placements and negotiate with your employer about having the days available for clinical practicum requirements for your NP.

    School is really expensive ---Private school for Bsn to Masters goes for about 40K to 80K . Now before doing this one needs to see where you are going w/ this? It is a lot of time and money?
  2. by   MaritesaRN
    Quote from futurenurse1983
    I have to say I am also puzzled by the variance in required pre-requisite courses for both ABSN and Direct Entry MSN programs. It is kind of frustrating how there is no uniformity across the boards on pre-reqs . My priorities lie with finishing A&P 1&2, microbiology, and chemistry...but some of the schools I am looking at require MANY more courses. Good luck with your coursework as well!

    I think the schools make more money this way and by making the courses standardized , they will not make any money......but yes , find one school that is accredited and cheaper ---that will be community college and state Universities.
  3. by   AnonEmus
    the 10 month program isn't a bsn. here are the two fastest programs i could find.

    drexel ace bsn - 11 months

    "the ace program is 11 months in length, the shortest accelerated program in the country."

    our lady of the lake asn - 10 months

    "the accelerated nursing program is an intense 10-month program designed to provide an avenue into the nursing profession for students who have earned a non-nursing baccalaureate degree."
    Last edit by AnonEmus on Oct 24, '09 : Reason: add links
  4. by   anurseatlast
    I went to a 14 month (Jan - March) accelerated program. We had short semesters (I think most were about 8 weeks) with a week off in between. Three things helped me: I tried to do some of the required reading during the break week (We always had non-nursing books to read for some class) I found a great study partner and I got a large laminated year calendar which I put on my bedroom wall. I color-coded all my tests and assignments with dry erase markers at the beginning of each semester. That let me see the big picture (weeks with 3 papers and 2 tests -YIKES!! and weeks with only a few assignments due). For me, that was helpful because I could plan my time better and not miss anything. It doesn't work for everyone. My study partner found it overwhelming.
    Although the pace of an accelerated program is intense, I loved it! I cannot imagine doing nursing school for 4 years. I was amazed at how much I could learn in such a short time.
  5. by   TXgirl912
    Hi Austingirl...I saw your post about the Texas Tech program in Austin and i was wondering if you started in January? I am in Austin and looking into programs, so I'd love to hear your experience with that. Let me know, thanks!
  6. by   RN2BENAUSTIN
    I started Texas Tech's 12 month 2nd BSN program in January and I love it. Its very intense, just to give you an example of my week. We have a head to toe assessment practicum this Thursday, a proctored exam on Friday, I start my clinicals at Seton Main on Sunday and we have a mid term in Pharm next Wed and a final in Health Assessment next Friday. Also on Wed a new course opens so I will be starting module 1. In addition, this week we have a pharm case study and weekly module questions. We also do virtual clinical excursion and ATI readings and exams. Most of the time, you are on your own and at home, there are proctored exams at Brack - and we have clinical training there in the CEC. You start the program with a boot camp and learn so much! Since nursing is really more about applying clinical knowledge and critical thinking skills, the program is heavy on clinical hours. I think someone else on here gave the total clinical hours to be 1000+ by the end of the program. I would have to find that post, she completed the program and had added it all up. We start clinicals this week and we have to work 24 hours per week in med surg in addition to all the courses. You take 24 credit hours per semester for 3 consecutive semesters. But the nice thing is that the courses are all fast paced, 1-2 months so you are not taking all of them at once. The hard thing with that is that you are taking 2-3 tests most weeks (inc practicums). I love this program, its highly organized, its competitive to get into to, they do a great job of finding the right students for this type of program. I heard there was 135 applicants and 31 made it. So my peers are excellent students, which is awesome because we work alot as a group and everyone gives 100% and helps one another. I cant say enough positives, feel free to PM with any other questions. And good luck with your future endeavors, Tech's program is top notch-if you decide to go with them, you will not be sorry.
  7. by   sauce19118
    Hello nurses!!

    Sooo glad that I stumbled upon this article. I have been accepted to Community College of Philadelphia's AS nursing program and I had applied to Jeff U's Assoc program as well. Last week I got an email that Jeff was not going to offer an Associates program in Philadelphia this year due to area hospitals hiring only nurses with BS degrees. After having a mini freak out I am considering doing an accelerated BS through Jeff so that I have a better chance of getting a job after graduation. I hate to delay starting a program- I have a year of prerequisites ahead of me and I am struggling with the same problems as other ABSN candidates- what to take so as not to screw myself when applying to multiple ABSN programs. Some want psych, some don't.

    I have heard of hospitals switching over to all BS staff but this was that I have actually seen evidence of the switchover- Jeff not doing a program this year. I have heard from other nurses that Abington was switching over and from others that they have been saying that for a while and not to be worried about it.

    Any advice from any nursing professors or administrators? Which is ideal- going for the accelerated BSN or going for an Associates, trying to find work and going back for my BSN either online or accelerated later on? Also, does it matter that my ASN is from community college? Should I shell out more money for a more prestigious degree or is it all the same?

    Thanks for the advice!!
  8. by   TXgirl912
    Hi RN2BENAUSTIN, Thanks for the information! I am glad you are enjoying it. So you do most of the class work at home on your own and then have to report for exams and clinicals? Do you know what they look at when applying? Just wondering if there is anything I can do to help my chances. Also, where did you complete all your prereqs? I have been looking at the Austin Community College schedule, but wanted to see if you recommended anything else around here. What is your first degree in? Mine is finance, so I have a lot of science classes to take still. When did you find out that you got in? Thanks for the info!!
  9. by   RN2BENAUSTIN
    Txgirl912 - I took the pre reqs at ACC - my first degree is in Journalism - so I had to take Statistics and Chem on top of the other requirements. You will want your core sciences to be current anyway, and try to get a firm grasp on A&P as it will come back to haunt you

    To get into the program they look at GPA, experience (inc volunteer) and if you are a good fit for the program. One pre req for Tech is to take a CNA class. And I took the course and never worked as a CNA but all of my peers that have the CNA experience are at an advantage. So I would recommend getting your CNA and working somewhere part time if possible until you get into the program.

    And I remember interviewing Mid October and it took about a month to find out.
  10. by   winnieander
    Has anyone here graduated from Valparaiso's ABSN program? If so, can you give me some feedback on the program? Thanks!
  11. by   jasonakaremy
    this is perfect for people that want to work hard and get done quick. i think these programs are amazing
  12. by   Sunday84
    Hey everyone. I'm brand new to this site. Thanks for all of this information you've been giving, it's been really helpful.

    I am planning on entering an accelerated nursing program. I have one question for those of you out there that did take part in the accelerated program AND held a part-time or full-time job.

    I work part-time (around 25 hrs a week). I have set hours (12-5). My question is... what is the scheduling like? Are they flexible with clinical times/class times? Or is most of the timing already scheduled out for you? Basically-- would it be possible to actually FIT their class/clinical schedule around my work schedule?

    Thanks so much!!
  13. by   Streamline2010
    You'll have to fit your work schedule around your clinical and school schedule. Don't even bring up that issue in an interview. Most of these programs are run by women with a very rigid mindset and possibly also a very arbitrary and capricious set of requirements for what makes a student successful, and definitely for who makes the cut. Comply. Their school is THE most important going going on in your life when you are attending.

    For everyone else, this "get the CNA" requirement might derail people who have been RIF'd out of work and are currently eligible for training. The major criteria for receiving TAA or WIA funding here are that you can't find employment at 80% of your base wage rate before the layoff, and that your existing skill set makes you largely unemployable in the area in which your currently reside. Get a CNA license and suddenly you will have employable skills at $8 to $15 per hour max, and you're then sc***ed out of your $20k or $26k of TAA (Trade Act Assistance) money with which to get your LPN or RN. At least that would be the scenario in my town. Has anyone else using WIA or TAA grants run into that problem? If so, how was it resolved?