Direct Entry MSN Programs 2013 - page 46

Anyone on here applying to direct entry MSN programs that begin in summer or fall of 2013? I think I have finalized my list of programs to apply to, and I am beginning to get everything together to... Read More

  1. by   ktbelle

    I've been reading this blog for a while, but have never posted. I am currently trying to make a decision about whether or not I am going to put down a deposit at Simmons. (I am waiting for other schools, but they won't notify me until after the deposit at Simmons is due)

    I have been waitlisted for FNP at BC and am waiting to hear from Johns Hopkins, Northeastern, and several second degree BSN programs.

    I am struggling because I am concerned about Simmons and BC not providing a BSN in their programs. Do any of you have any input regarding whether or not a BSN is necessary once you have a MSN? I have a bachelor of arts degree, but am concerned I will have trouble progressing in my career if I have a MSN but no BSN. What have you all who are considering these programs learned about this?

    Thank you for your help!
  2. by   bbcc
    ktbelle - I don't think most programs provide the BSN - the only one I looked at was, I think, Columbia (I'm going for CNM).

    From talking to people who are currently in a program in Chicago / have graduated from it, they say that not having the BSN can be hard to get hired if you're expecting to work part-time while you do the Master's portion. Once you have the MSN / NP licensure, I haven't heard of it mattering. If you're planning to do the MSN full time immediately after the BSN, I wouldn't think that would be too much of a problem - but a lot of people tell me that doing an accelerated BSN then a Master's doesn't take that much more time than doing a combined program, so maybe that's the best route for you!
  3. by   ktbelle
    Thank you, bbcc! I appreciate your help!
  4. by   joellieeee
    So I was too excited to wait until Vanderbilt's Open House next weekend to meet everyone so I started a Facebook group for those who were already accepted for this upcoming Fall 2013! (Search: Vanderbilt School of Nursing - Accepted Fall 2013)
    Last edit by dianah on Feb 21, '13 : Reason: Terms of Service re: posting links to social networking sites
  5. by   Balice5
    For those who have been accepted , congrats! Where are you thinking of going?? I'm personally torn between Mgh and Vanderbilt 😣

    Love that Vanderbilt offers distance learning in your specialty year, It's 2 years, and ranked number 16 for nursing schools.

    MGH affiliation with partners is in itself invaluable and I've heard clinicals are great. It's a bummer it's 3 years when Vandy is 2, though having summers off to work could be a good thing. Wonder if they allow you to take the 6 semesters consecutively , including summer semesters?

    Anyone know how the full program prices of these 2 schools compare with one another?

    Decisions, decisions.
  6. by   whatatreat86
    ktbelle, do you think you're going to end up going to BC? I think that's my final choice!
  7. by   ktbelle

    I would really like to go to BC. I am waitlisted for FNP though, and I am not sure what my chances are for being accepted. Congrats on getting in! BC is a wonderful location and a great program.
  8. by   hi616

    If you reply to the email that they sent you, they will tell you if you rank in the top ten waiting list placements if you ask.
  9. by   KoKe

    As far as total program costs, these are the numbers I came up with (for psych specialty):

    Vanderbilt (2 year program): $102,744
    Boston College (2 year program): $80,640
    MGH (3 year program): $103,000
  10. by   kateb4
    I'm turning down my Marquette spot today so everyone on the waitlist will move one spot up! I'm torn between Vanderbilt (acute) and BC (peds). Anyone trying to decide between the same two?
  11. by   Dstewart1017
    Anyone know how big the mgh waitlist is
  12. by   Balice5

    Thank you! Very daunting numbers. Wish the programs were the same length of time, would make it a bit easier for me to chose!

    Have you decided where you're going?
  13. by   KoKe
    Vanderbilt is my first choice but I haven't heard from them yet. Are there any Vandy applicants who applied for psych and live outside TN that heard back that they got accepted? I got the email last week that my application is still under review.