Why is this so hard?
Im 45. Retired Army, who then went on to a career in law enforcement. Over the course of my military career I took classes all over but never got a formal degree out of it.
I am pursuing a second career with a DNP in Emergency Medicine specialty.
A local state college will give me an AA after I knock out the pre-reqs I need for nursing school
. The problem is despite my age (45) and having an AA, none of the local universities will let me into their accelerated BSN programs. They all seem to want me to do the normal BSN program, which takes a full 28 months versus the 16 months needed for the accelerated program.
Im not a normal student. Im 45. I dont need summer semesters off to take a summer job.
Is there not a single full time, even over the summer, program in the entire US for those with an AA to complete their BSN in as short a time as possible?
Why are ALL the accelerated programs only open to those with prior bachelor degrees?
Dec 13, '17
Quote from broughden
The criterion is having the general education requirements yes? An AA accomplishes this.
No it doesn't. The amount of credits in general education is more in a BS than an AA degree, therefore your AA general education credits do not meet the criteria. ABSN programs require a BS in another field because they are giving you a block credit for the general education requirement of the BSN because you have met the general education requirement from your previous BS. The AA does not contain enough general education credits to meet the requirement. Both traditional and ABSN graduates are issued a BSN degree. Is it fair that the traditional BSN graduate had to obtain 60 general ed credits to get their degree and you only needed 30 credits?
Most schools put a 5 yr limit on the age of your transfer credits. If ABSN programs chose to eliminate the prior BS degree requirement, they would need to enforce the 5 year limit on the age of credits. ABSN programs are designed for people that have gotten a BS in another field, worked in that field and decided to change careers to nursing. My general education credits from my first degree were 25-29 yrs old. I would have had to retake all of my general ed credits if there was a 5 yr limit on credits. That defeats the purpose of the ABSN program. Even if you graduated with a BS, worked for one year and decided to go back for your nursing degree, your first year of general education credits would expire because it would have been 5 yrs since they were obtained.
Last edit by Guy in Babyland on Dec 13, '17