RN to BSN or MSN, I want to become a PNP

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    Hi All,

    I am looking for some advice/opinions as to whether I should apply to RN-BSN or RN-MSN. Ultimately I want to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.I am about to graduate from an ADN program in May and starting to think about getting enrolled in a program for my next degree. I have worked all through pre Nursing and Nursing school. I am also doing a Nursing Internship which will lead to employment when I pass my boards, so I will be working as an RN while pursuing my next degree. I have to do Adult Med-Surg for a year though before I can apply to transfer in my hospital or to another facility to do Peds (part of my internship)

    Thank you to anyone who replies for your input!

    ~They may forget your name but they will never forget how you made them feel.~Maya Angelou
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    Quote from my3loves
    Hi All,

    I am looking for some advice/opinions as to whether I should apply to RN-BSN or RN-MSN. Ultimately I want to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.I am about to graduate from an ADN program in May and starting to think about getting enrolled in a program for my next degree. I have worked all through pre Nursing and Nursing school. I am also doing a Nursing Internship which will lead to employment when I pass my boards, so I will be working as an RN while pursuing my next degree. I have to do Adult Med-Surg for a year though before I can apply to transfer in my hospital or to another facility to do Peds (part of my internship)

    Thank you to anyone who replies for your input!

    ~They may forget your name but they will never forget how you made them feel.~Maya Angelou
    Most schools are going to BSN to DNP, and dropping the Masters. After 2015, (i think..someone correct me if I'm wrong) there will be only paths to DNP.
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    eroc is right and makes a great point. You may want to consider a path to the DNP degree. Over the next few years, the Masters degree (for Nurse Practitioner) will be phased-out by the BSN to DNP. There are some really good programs out there now; even some that are flexible enough to allow you to continue to work while studying. Take a look at Brandman University as an example. I am currently on the (ADN) RN to DNP plan with them and they offer one of few BSN to DNP Pediatric ACUTE care NP programs. With them, you can go from RN to DNP in 4 years!
    scrubs&studs likes this.
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    Disagree for the umpteenth time on here. There will be no DNP requirement for entry level APNs for many years. There are some schools changing to a DNP track because that means they get that more $$ out of you. There are still many schools that offer a MSN program. Unless you do want a DNP, you will be just fine with a MS/MSN program.
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    Just remember to do your research my3loves and do what is best for you.


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