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The Columbia program does confer a BSN en route, while similar programs (Yale) do not. Why seems to be up for debate. Incentive to retain students seems to be a possible reason - as many Columbia students leave the program after obtaining the BSN. Other reasons have to do with local work conditions requiring/recommending/preferring a BSN to work as an RN, I think...
Columbia is efficient and difficult and from what I understand all the programs in different institutions have strengths and weaknesses. You are certainly asking the right questions!!
Interesting point, thank you very much. However even if you do not obtain a BSN, and pass the NCLEX, you can still work as an RN. I wonder if it would make it more difficult for them to reapply to a Master's programs again later--not having a BSN and already having dropped out of a program. It seems like the schools here, in N. Cali, look at students on a case by case basis. For example if I have a BA in another field and an RN without a BSN, I could probably still go for a MSN.
However, if my plan was to get a BSN I would do an ABSN. If my plan was a MSN, I would do the direct entry.
I think this clarity is what the admissions commitees are looking at, beyond grades, test scores, ect. I think they are often times looking to see which students understand their choice. If it is a direct entry MSN, students need to know what they are getting into and why they have chosen that specialty. I bet they lose a lot of money, if they don't carefully select, from students dropping out and working as RNs after they pass the NCLEX.
I made sure that in my essay I disscussed the role of an FNP and why that was a better match for me, as opposed to disscussing my interest in the nursing field in general. I hope it was good enough ...