Accelerated BSN Programs - page 4

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Accelerated bsn programs are an innovative approach to nursing education, available for individuals who hold a non-nursing bachelorís or higher degree and who are interested in moving into the field of nursing. Approximately 205... Read More


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    Quote from maritesa
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    Yes, I have an advice....take the subjects w/ the labs , such as the micro, anatomy, physiology and chemistry. I had a baby and a full time housewife...so what i did is get one class w/ the laboratories, accdg to their order ( pre requisites are required in soem before you can take it. EX: for microbiology , you must have some kind of a biology , some algebra also requires pre requisites, as well as chemistry. Take a subject w/ 5 units (includes lab) one , per semester ! this way you can still be a mother and a wife and still study well since you are not overwhelmed. Finish these sciences one subject per semester until done . Some schools give you points for finishing this before going to the RN program. I was able to get in quick thatn others because of this. There is no way you can mix all these sciences w/ clinical nursing class ......some tried and failed. So be kind to yourself and to your family and pace your schedule --- make it a livable one ! Much luck to you! If you want it bad , you'll make it !:wink2:
    Excellent advice, maritesa
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    Quote from vickyrn
    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 of nursing. approximately 205 of these type programs are currently available nationwide.

    direct-entry msn programs in nursing are also available for people with a bachelor’s or higher degree in another profession, but this is the subject of another blog.

    accelerated bsn programs typically run 12 to 18 months, assuming all science and other prerequisites have been satisfied. these programs furnish the fastest route to a baccalaureate degree in nursing. students take the same nursing courses and must undergo the same clinical hour requirements as traditional bsn programs, but the curriculum is much more compact, rigorous, and intellectually and physically demanding.

    admission standards for accelerated bsn programs are competitive with programs typically requiring at least a 3.0 gpa and a meticulous prescreening process.

    accelerated programs do require prerequisites. applicants with a prior degree almost always meet the liberal arts and social sciences requirements. however, many students do not meet the natural or mathematical sciences requirements, including statistics, microbiology, anatomy, and physiology.


    accelerated bsn programs are a full time commitment: students should not work during the duration of the program. this requires keen financial planning and strategizing. sufficient funding to cover school and living expenses must be acquired before starting these programs. four years of full time nursing school are compressed into an average of 15 months, with a very challenging credit load and intense clinical experiences. this leaves no time for outside employment.

    typical second-degree students are older, seasoned, responsible, motivated, and hold high academic expectations. some are recent college graduates who are looking for the quickest route to the bsn. accelerated students tend to excel in classroom theory and are eager in the clinical arena to gain practical experiences. they bring to nursing rich life experiences, diverse perspectives, unique skills sets, and prior education. these students take accountability for their own learning, maintain high grade point averages, and almost always pass the nclex-rn on the first attempt.


    references

    accelerated programs: the fast-track to careers in nursing

    list of accelerated bsn programs
    my friend attended an accelerated bsn program and did very well.
    Last edit by VickyRN on Sep 11, '09 : Reason: Personal name removed.
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    atomic woman how are you finding the FACT? What do you find challenging about the programm?
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    Quote from Sun1shine
    atomic woman how are you finding the FACT? What do you find challenging about the programm?
    The most challenging thing is getting enough sleep, pure and simple. I'm always exhausted because there is never a time when I don't have to be doing something for nursing school, and the workload is huge. I'm hoping it will get a little better soon, after we finish Med-Surg II.
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    I am thinking of staring an accelerated program this coming fall myself. My ultimate goal is to become an NP. Do you think I will be able to find a job if I work after receiving my BSN while going for my master's? I would be afraid of not having enough experience..
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    Quote from jess818
    I am thinking of staring an accelerated program this coming fall myself. My ultimate goal is to become an NP. Do you think I will be able to find a job if I work after receiving my BSN while going for my master's? I would be afraid of not having enough experience..
    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.
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    Quote from Paco386
    The programs I am applying to all want different coursework as well (aside from the A&P, micro, and chem) but like you said we have to do what we have to do to get where we want to go! Nutrition is a class I must take for some schools and not for others. Why the variance, I dunno, but oh well ... Good luck!!
    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!
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    Quote from LifelongDream
    Hello all,

    I just graduated from Texas Tech's Accelerated BSN program AKA Second Degree BSN program on Aug. 7th. It was a 12 mo. (Aug-Aug.) program. It was very intense and I can't imagine trying to work. As a matter of fact, they ask you to sign a contract at the beginning of the program saying you will not work during the program.

    I have already found a job working in Pediatrics at our local hospital and I am thrilled! I was hired the Wednesday after I graduated. My previous degree was in Biology. I was an elementary teacher for 5 years.

    For those looking for an online program, this program was considered a "50-50" program. At least 50% (actually closer to 75%) of classwork and assignments were online. We attended clinicals at one of three local hospitals for 2 to 3 12hr. clinicals each week. Each person was assigned a BSN prepared preceptor that we worked with throughout our clinicals. About every third week, we would have proctored tests (Med-surg and all finals) at the Texas Tech office here in Odessa. This program is also offered in other areas of Texas, including: Austin/Hill Country, El Paso, Abilene, Lubbock, and Odessa/Midland (where I went!).

    The program was very challenging, but absolutely doable. I finished with a 3.95 GPA. I would highly recommend this program. It seems as though the instructors in the program have every intention of helping you with whatever you need to prepare you for NCLEX. Let me know if you have any questions. :typing
    I am applying to Texas Tech's Accelerated BSN program and hoping to start this January at the Austin location. I was curious if you know what the average GPA, experience, etc. students who are accepted to the program have? Also, is the NET test required? Thanks!
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    I start an accelerated BSN program on Monday, Oct. 1. I just picked up books yesterday.

    We are strongly discouraged from working at all, even PT. 18mos, no breaks except for the couple of weeks between qtrs. I don't know if they allow externships the last couple of qtrs or not. Something I may ask at orientation Thurs.

    Guess I'm a statistic in that I'm one of the older, non-traditional students.

    I agree that it is best to finish any sciences in order. Some of the higher sciences may require Algebra and/or Chem first, but I found it best to tackle one science class along with any other pre-req's required. My school required all pre-req's to be completed prior to acceptance. Each school is different.
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    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?


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