Quote from gnursetobe
I just registered for allnurses.com even though I've been reading this site for months now. I am planning on applying to different nursing programs and I wanted to know what a student's experience is like in a clinical nurse leader direct-entry MSN program. My first choice program is University of Maryland Clinical Nurse Leader MSN program. Are you able to work in this type of program? Can this program prepare you to go into a NP program? Any feedback will be appreciated. :spin:
I went to Maryland for my BSN alongside the CNL students. They took EXACTLY the same classes, only with more work assigned, in an accelerated format, and paid twice the tuition. They sat with us in the same lectures, but their syllabus was different - more papers, etc., and higher scores required for passing.
When you graduate you are qualified to work as an RN, just like the rest of us. Can you go on to NP? Sure, but so can a BSN in the same amount of time for the same amount of money.
Just so you know, lots of people who already have degrees go for the BSN - because it's cheaper, less busy work, more sane, and you are equally as qualified when you finish.