Where to start a carrer change to nursing-Pittsburgh

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    I have finally made the decision to pursue my dream of becoming a nurse!! I have a 4 year degree in a non related subject. Any tips on how/where to start in choosing an accelerated BSN program. Do you recommend online options? How tough is the GRE? What was your process like from beginning the application up until starting coursework?

    As you can tell, I'm super green here, completely switching up my career. Any help/tips/recommendations are much appreciated!!

    Thx so much

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    Duquesne university has a 2nd bachelors option (accelerated) for nursing. Or you could go to one of the UPMC schools for nursing, then move to your MSN? Lots of options out there.
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    And good luck!!
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    Thank you so much! I have looked at both of those options. What are your thoughts on receiving a diploma vs a degree? My goal is to choose a program that is as hands on as possible with as much clinical experience from the start. Thx so much for your positive encouragement
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    In my opinion, I think the diploma programs provide MUCH more clinical hours/hand-on experience. It's a 2 year program, and at the end of those 2 years, you sit for the same licensing exam that BSN students sit for, only you will be better prepared because of all the clinical hours. If it were me, I would go to a diploma program, then while I'm working I would do an RN to BSN program, or even go straight to the graduate degree since you already have a Bachelors. I think in my previous life I was an academic advisor/financial aid counselor...LMBO. Hope this helps!
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    Hello! I am actually in a similar situation. I already have a bachelors in finance and I am looking into nursing programs. I'm deciding between Duquesne's accelerated program or a diploma program. Have you taken your prerequisites yet?
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    Just a word of advice as far as diploma/associates vs BSN. It is EXTREMELY difficult for new nursing grads to find that first job. I have a BSN and I'm 4 months out of school with no call backs whatsoever, and I've applied to at least 100 jobs so far. An associates program may be more hands on during school, but it makes it that much more difficult to find a job. I'm at an advantage with the BSN and I can't find work. Just a heads up, it's really tough out there and the competition is insane! Good luck in whatever you choose, I just wanted to to be aware of that!
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    Oh and having a Bachelors or Masters in anything other than nursing means nothing to HR in the hospitals. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but just want you to have a heads up about what's going on in the world of a new nursing grad!
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    Thanks so much for the feedback! I am finding both naturagirls and MAtoBSN comments to be helpful. My hurdle so far is that it is really tough to get started ASAP in a BSN program. Based on the info I have been given from the hospitals, in the diploma program, they also insure you a position upon completion. I'm in it for the long haul, so for me, getting started ASAP and then working towards a BSN/MSN will most likely be my route. Calling end emailing recruiters at the hospital programs directly has been how I have had the most luck getting info. I will also be attending the Pitt Nursing school open house to further research their accelerated BSN program. Looking at all the options is key. Thx again for the feedback!!
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    As far as jobs in Pgh, there are many good LTCs/ rehabs you might want to consider.

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