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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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    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!!
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    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?
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    Quote from 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!!
    My experience tells me: absolutely not. You are going to have to work around their schedule. That's not to say you can't work, but your set hours are almost guaranteed not to fit in with your class and clinical schedule. That's probably not what you want to hear, but better to hear it now then find it out later. These programs expect you to devote your life to their program for the year or 18 months you are in it. My fellow students and I say that our program "owns" us for the year we are in it. We have no say in our class hours or clinical hours. Class hours are set, and clinical is assigned to us. We smile and say thank you.
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    Hi all!

    I live in Austin and am trying to decide which nursing program I should apply to! I feel I have 3 options:

    1. ACC's ADN, 2 year program
    2. Texas Tech 2nd Degree BSN ACCELERATED (Austin area)
    3. Texas A&M 2nd Degree BSN ACCELERATED (Round Rock location)

    I don't plan on applying till next summer/fall 2011 for the SPRING 2012 year, so I have time to decide and work everything out. I do have a BA, so I am eligible for the accelerated programs. I have been reading about everyone's experiences and it is SO helpful.

    For TEXAS TECH, does anyone know how many students they accept for the AUSTIN area? I know that A&M will accept 11 for the Round Rock location.

    I am leaning toward Texas Tech's program- do those of you already in the program have study sessions together? Or are you literally working on your own?

    Also, for those in either accelerated program, (if you can answer)- what was your GPA like? Your volunteer experience? I guess I'm asking what made you an excellent candidate for the program? : ) I have a little over 1 year to complete all pre-reqs and make myself as irresistible as possible! : )

    THANK YOU!
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    I hope this thread is still alive.

    For the ABSN program, how does admission look at your GPA? I know that a lot second degree students apply for the ABSN program and from reading various threads in this forum, the GPAs seem to be really for some. Will admission take into account where you're taking your pre-reqs at? For example, if you received a degree from a UC and took your pre-reqs at a UC...but your grades aren't as great... do they take into account where you took the pre-reqs from? Or do grades matter despite where you took them?

    Thank you.
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    Hi Chelsmarie,

    I am in the exact same situation as you.. I plan to apply to Texas A&M and Texas Tech for spring 2012, so if you find out any good information, definitely pass it along! I don't know too much yet, but this forum is very helpful. Best of luck!
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    I'm curious as to how many nurses went through the accelerated program with kids at home? I'm currently a stay-at-home mom with a Masters degree in exercise physiology looking to return to the work force at some point, but jobs in my field are next to none (or at least not worth working for). So nursing seems to be a logical choice...however, I am fearful that if I embark on an accelerated program I will not see my child!! Is this rational thinking? Would it be better to enter into a regular BSN program?
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    hi RN2BNAUSTIN - how is the program going?
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    Hi everyone. I am just curious if any of you have a knowledge of how intense are the ABSN programs in South Florida?
    I am accepted in the ABSN in January of 2011 Barry University/Miami ( 15 months ),but i can also do the regular BSN which starts in August of this year. I am trying to make up my mind which one will fit my needs better!
    Regards
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    Hi Kitti419, Where is this 10 month accelerated program ? How did you like it ?


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