Debunk myth of online programs

  1. Hi Everyone,
    Will someone please debunk the myth that hospitals do not accept online BSN degrees? If this is in fact true, why?

    Thank you!!
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  3. by   hikernurse
    Are you talking about an RN-BSN bridge program?
  4. by   LadyinScrubs
    Last I heard, if you have you are licensed to work in your state, it should not matter where you went to school. However, some online schools are not accredited and the state BON will not accept them--meaning they will not permit you to sit for the NCLEX or if you have a license, will not allow you to work in their state.

    I am enrolled in a recognized online distant learning nursing program --LPN to BSN--and it is the only school accepted by my state BON. I do not anticipate any problem with the BON or with employers. In fact, the university is recognized for offering a quality program--far more rigorous than the brick and mortor schools.
  5. by   Ginger Machine
    Yes, AS to BSN. But, I have heard that some employers do not accept this type of degree. I'm not sure why.
  6. by   Pixie.RN
    I guess I'm having a problem with your terminology ... what do you mean by "accepting?" In what context? Do you mean recognizing that a nurse has a BSN? If a school is regionally and nationally accredited, then hospitals have no business not recognizing a degree, period.
  7. by   hikernurse
    I would be surprised if your degree wasn't accepted as long as the school was accredited. Increasingly, nurses are earning degrees through on-line schools. It's more efficient than trying to juggle work, family and attendance in a classroom. Most of the nurses I work with are getting degrees on-line. I can't think of any in the last a few years that actually went to class in a classroom.

    Many on-line degrees assume you are already working full-time and in fact will often expect you to use the knowledge you have gained at work.

    It's a great way to go and I would encourage it .
  8. by   Ginger Machine
    Thanks for the help!! It makes sense that they would only discourage the online degrees if it were not accredited. This will help me with my decision!!
  9. by   hikernurse
    Hey Ginger. Also look around at different programs. Programs vary in cost by tens of thousands and there's no need to go into debt if you can avoid it.

    Good luck with your decision!
  10. by   Ginger Machine
    Hi Hiker,
    I was thinking about going to CSU Dominguez Hills, because they have an online program. It's a CSU so fees should be around 12K. I wanted a private college, but its 40K (ranked in the top 100 on US News.!!! I don't know if it's worth going through a BSN program that is 40K, especially if I want to go to grad school. What are your thoughts? An expensive BSN program that is nationally ranked, or CSUDH which is around #300.

    Also, what is with the clinical experience? Is it mandated by the state to have clinical hours for a RN to BSN track? It seems like some schools have it and others don't.
  11. by   Ginger Machine
    Sorry, I forgot to ask if grad schools care about the undergrad school you attended. Are they more likely to accept me if I went to a nationally ranked school? What do they base their decision on other than GPA?
  12. by   PMFB-RN
    How could they possibly know if you got your degree online? My BSN doesn't say "online" anywhere on it.
    That said it is 100% myth that hospitals have any sort of issues with on line dgrees.
  13. by   hikernurse
    I'd definitely go for the cheaper one. $40,000 is a lot to pay, especially when you're looking at grad school in the future. Honestly, most on-line degrees, if they're attached to a brick and mortar school, don't have the words "on-line" anywhere on the transcript.

    My RN-BSN required some clinical hours, others don't. Mine weren't hugely inconvenient, but I would have preferred to skip them. Some in my class who wanted to look at jobs in other areas found that it gave them an "in" to finding a job in a new unit.

    I don't think the ranking would hugely matter in your grad school quest. However, I'm not the best one to ask; if there's a particular one you like, it might be a good idea to call their admissions people and ask. I think, in general, it wouldn't matter.

    Other things grad schools look at is experience, references, ability to write, certifications (like Critical Care, etc.) and interviews. Some require the GRE--some don't if you have a high GPA. I'm currently working on my masters through a local school and really enjoy the work--so far , but I planned on attending the one I am at, so I didn't look too far afield.
  14. by   LadyinScrubs
    i was thinking about going to csu dominguez hills, because they have an online program. it's a csu so fees should be around 12k.

    i have watched their nursing program evolve. ten years ago they had live broadcasts for many of their combined online and brick/mortor classes. i have been very impressed with their program. they started online nursing courses long before the dl interest took off. the cost of a cal state university is not that inexpensive now days. they keep raising their tuition. however, you may be eligible for fee waivers. however, now that the governor signed an authorization enabling non documented people to get government fee waivers and scholarships, this will impact everyone in the cal state system. there will be less money to go around and many who got fee wavers last year may not get it this year. the funds, which is derrived from calif taxpayers, will go to poor illegal aliens instead.

    i wanted a private college, but its 40k (ranked in the top 100 on us news.!!! i don't know if it's worth going through a bsn program that is 40k, especially if i want to go to grad school. what are your thoughts? an expensive bsn program that is nationally ranked, or csudh which is around #300. don't waste your $'s on an expensive private school. csu los angeles is ranked fairly high and is a good program. i know they have an rn to masters program. i don't think they have an online program though. csu dh is a fine progam and the cost does not mean that it is a poor quality program. if you want to spend more money, apply to ucla's program.

    also, what is with the clinical experience? is it mandated by the state to have clinical hours for a rn to bsn track? it seems like some schools have it and others don't. don't worry about your clinical experience with the cal state program. you will do it with the local facilities. for public health you will probably do it with the local community health dept.

    all in all the cal state university nursing programs are fine, they have been accredited for a long time, and the cost is affordable. i went to csu la before family illness caused me to stop the brick and mortor program. i am now in dl and it is working just fine.

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