Quickest online RN-BSN program...and several other questions?

  1. Hi, First off, I'm sorry for writing so many questions in one topic. The curiosity is killing me. Anyway, I am planning ahead and have done a load of research on various RN-BSN programs. Many of the ones I have looked at are the popular ones, like UTA (my main favorite), UoW, SUNY, Ohio University, and more. I know some of these questions have been asked a billion times but I want to get updated info on online RN-BSN programs and I'm sure this will help others too. Some of the previous threads I looked at are from 2010, 2008, 2007, etc.

    1) What's the quickest online RN-BSN program in the United States with the following requirements? More particularly, in California or Texas?

    -Can be done in 1 year or less. Either set-up in a semester schedule that you can finish in 1 year or Self-paced so you can fast-track and finish sooner, all up to you.


    • Tuition and fees about $15k or less.
    • Has various start dates throughout the year or start anytime. This is a must, don't want to wait so long for an admission deadline.
    • Optional: No clinicals required.
    • Mandatory: Not a school well known for having an online program.
    • Optional: Ideally, less than <40 credit units.


    2) Might be a tad irrelevant. Can an employer look at a resume, see that the Bachelor's was from an online program (Let's say UTA, despite it being accredited and being a state school), and simply throw it into the wastebasket? My fear is that ALOT of students who are doing RN-BSN programs online are flocking to the popular online RN-BSN programs (Yes, even the state schools...not just Elcesior.), which employers may potentially shun.

    This might be something to look at.

    3) Are there such things as an RN-BSN-MSN program? For example, you can go from an RN-BSN and get your BSN that way, then you transition into an MSN program to get, perhaps an NP licensure, let's say. I know this might not be any different than doing an RN-BSN and then doing a MSN program, but perhaps an RN-BSN-MSN transition program may be faster? And yes, I have heard of ADN-MSN programs, which I heard saves time but does not have the benefit of a BSN as being a "safety pad" to fall back on should the MSN not work out.

    Cheers to anyone who can share their input and knowledge with me.
    Last edit by Joe V on Aug 11, '12 : Reason: spacing
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  3. by   llg
    Yes. There are BSN-MSN programs -- some of which officiall award a BSN along the way, and others that do not. They are the fastest way to get from an ADN/Diploma to an MSN because you don't usually take all of the BSN courses. For example, instead of taking a BSN research class and then another MSN research class, they have a single research class taught at the MSN level. The same with theory, statistics, pathophysiology, etc. Of course, each school is different and the classes vary from program to program.

    I know there are at least 2 schools in Virginia that have that option (Liberty and Old Dominion University). I am sure there are many others across the country.
  4. by   bubblejet50
    i'm going to university of nebraska at omaha. it is 20-24 credits depending if you want to challenge health assessment. it's all online with one clinical class that you can do wherever you live. in state tuition is cheap at $250/credit but i do not live in state. (i'm 1 mile outside the state!) i pay 771/credit hour. that's the downside. it can be completed in one year easily. from an hr stand (my dad is a vp of human resources and i have asked him this question) the employer will see the degree and it won't matter how you got it and rarely your gpa will matter (usually new grad positions).
  5. by   J-Swish
    Thank you! That's helpful info to know. A degree is a degree after all, and at least the state schools are not for-profit like UoP or DeVry.
  6. by   Deucedst
    Hi,
    What program awards a BSN while pursing the MSN degree?
    Thanks
  7. by   klone
    Quote from Deucedst
    Hi,
    What program awards a BSN while pursing the MSN degree?
    Thanks
    Western Governors University does, but they don't have an NP program. Their MSN is in leadership or education. But they *do* award a BSN in the process, it's not just a "bridge".
  8. by   Deucedst
    Quote from klone

    Western Governors University does, but they don't have an NP program. Their MSN is in leadership or education. But they *do* award a BSN in the process, it's not just a "bridge".
    Thanks

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