Accelerated BSN Programs - page 8

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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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    I don't know about easy, but take a look at this: http://stateu.com/uta/ProgramInfo.aspx?id=228

    I'm enrolled at UTA right now taking intro to nursing. They are pretty well organized. They also offer all pre-BSN courses online.

    You should also look at UTEP's program. Unlike almost all RN to BSN programs, it does not require 30 hours of nursing classes. Instead, it requires 20 hours of nursing and 10 hours of general courses.
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    dear atomicwoman ,
    i have read some emails from this web site, and i have a concern. one student who graduated in 2007 mentioned that in his class absn program the 63 students were started the program, and 18 only are graduated. is it true that graduation rate almost 20%? and if it is true what is the mail issue, you think, of such difficult progression of most students if this program? i am accepted to absn from spring 11. i'll be appreciated for any response about difficulties some students really can have and why to go through this program?
    thank you.
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    That seems like an extremely low graduation rate. My class started at 115 students and ended up with 99 graduating. That's an 86% graduation rate. Of the ones who dropped out, quite a few came back the next year or transferred into the longer BSN program. The main problems are: the required speed of knowledge acquisition, family problems that prevent someone from putting the studying time in that they need to do (and so they fail a course), and money issues. Sometimes personal illness is an issue, too.
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    Hi everyone,

    I'm new to allnurses and am so glad that I found this thread! I just graduated from college in May with a BA in Psychology and am very interested in applying to accelerated BSN programs. I'm currently working as a clinical research coordinator in the surgery department of a busy NYC hospital. I often get to observe surgeries, and just got certified in phlebotomy at the hospital because I will need to be able to draw blood for one of the clinical trials I coordinate. I didn't realize until my senior year in college that I wanted to be a nurse, so my healthcare experience before now is very limited which is why I got a job with lots of patient contact...I'm hoping that will help me get accepted somewhere! My undergraduate GPA was high, but I did not take a lot of science courses. Assuming I do well in the prerequisite classes and get strong letters of recommendation from my current job, I'm just wondering what my chances are at getting into one of the ABSN programs. I have heard that acceptance is extremely competitive, and I was hoping that some people who have been accepted wouldn't mind sharing what their GPA was and what previous clinical experience they had when applying so I can get a better idea of how qualified (or not!) I am. Thanks so much!
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    Quote from Amelia422
    Hi everyone,

    I'm new to allnurses and am so glad that I found this thread! I just graduated from college in May with a BA in Psychology and am very interested in applying to accelerated BSN programs. I'm currently working as a clinical research coordinator in the surgery department of a busy NYC hospital. I often get to observe surgeries, and just got certified in phlebotomy at the hospital because I will need to be able to draw blood for one of the clinical trials I coordinate. I didn't realize until my senior year in college that I wanted to be a nurse, so my healthcare experience before now is very limited which is why I got a job with lots of patient contact...I'm hoping that will help me get accepted somewhere! My undergraduate GPA was high, but I did not take a lot of science courses. Assuming I do well in the prerequisite classes and get strong letters of recommendation from my current job, I'm just wondering what my chances are at getting into one of the ABSN programs. I have heard that acceptance is extremely competitive, and I was hoping that some people who have been accepted wouldn't mind sharing what their GPA was and what previous clinical experience they had when applying so I can get a better idea of how qualified (or not!) I am. Thanks so much!

    Gpa may be important , but the focus is how much of the science pre requisites have you completed? ( might need a pre req algebra, then organic chem and this might need a basic chem pre req, anatomy and might need a biology pre reqs.......... see what I mean?
    You might want to take the sciences first before getting into the BSN and spare yourself a stressful period if you take the sciences and the BSN program at the same time. Do the sciences pre reqs first. Getting these done affects your acceptance points.
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    I agree that the science courses are critical. They really do look closely at those grades in making acceptance decisions. I had a 4.0 in my science prerequisites which surely did not hurt my chances. My undergrad GPA was 3.97, but I also had 2 advanced degrees. I had no direct healthcare experience and my program was not terribly focused on whether or not we had previous experience. Good luck!
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    I graduated from an accel program, and I felt very qualified and ready to start work.
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    The link left off another accelerated BSN program which just began this past January - Florida State University in Tallahassee. I am in the first graduating class (12/11/10) and would be happy to answer any questions!
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    Quote from Amelia422
    Hi everyone,

    I'm new to allnurses and am so glad that I found this thread! I just graduated from college in May with a BA in Psychology and am very interested in applying to accelerated BSN programs. I'm currently working as a clinical research coordinator in the surgery department of a busy NYC hospital. I often get to observe surgeries, and just got certified in phlebotomy at the hospital because I will need to be able to draw blood for one of the clinical trials I coordinate. I didn't realize until my senior year in college that I wanted to be a nurse, so my healthcare experience before now is very limited which is why I got a job with lots of patient contact...I'm hoping that will help me get accepted somewhere! My undergraduate GPA was high, but I did not take a lot of science courses. Assuming I do well in the prerequisite classes and get strong letters of recommendation from my current job, I'm just wondering what my chances are at getting into one of the ABSN programs. I have heard that acceptance is extremely competitive, and I was hoping that some people who have been accepted wouldn't mind sharing what their GPA was and what previous clinical experience they had when applying so I can get a better idea of how qualified (or not!) I am. Thanks so much!
    I am a graduate from an accelerated program who only accepts 18 applicants per cohort. Based on my experience (on the selection process) your GPA on the previous degree + the pre-requisites must be 3.0 or greater, and write an excellent essay/letter of intent. My GPA was 3.71, no clinical/hospital experience, and my first bachelors degree was in business. I agree with Atomicwoman - the grades on your pre-requisites are critical.
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    Thanks for the article. I went through this program over 6 years ago after being an engineer for almost 20 years. It was the best decision I made and have no regrets.


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