I did a search for information, but didn't get any results that were helpful. I did find some results, but they were 5 years old. I didn't know how reliable the info would be.
I'm currently signed up for RN to BSN, and will be starting pre requisite classes next week. It is my intention to move forward with masters and beyond if I don't burn out. I never considered the RN to MSN option until the last few days.
I need to weigh this option out, but don't really know where to begin.
If I would go through with it, it would have to be fully online.
From what I've read, it seems like it will most likely save me some time, and possibly some money.
Do I simply need to worry about accreditation (CCNE? Regional?) if I want to move toward AP nursing? Are all MSN degrees the same.... or are some only applicable if a person is intending on going in a certain direction with their career?
What yard sticks do I need to consider here? I narrowed down my options for the BSN program pretty quick. This seems to be a horse of a different color, though.
Thanks for your help.
Jan 7, '14
Will be following as I'm in the same boat, supposed to be starting RN to BSN either Feb 1st or March 1st, and now reconsidering RN to MSN.
Jan 15, '14
the only drawback that made me not do RN to MSN even though i KNEW i wanted to be an FNP, was that if "life" happened, or something came up that would prevent me from continuing my education, I'd leave school as STILL an AAS RN, at least with the BSN, I had that behind me and I was able to apply to different MSN programs that offered more flexibility to my needs. The BSN portion is not horribly hard to do either. it took me 18mo, i began applying to MSN schools
during my last term, and start FNP school in March. =) Regardless I'll always have my BSN if something were to happen though.