Quote from amy_123
Hello. Thanks for the advice! I have my BS in biology and was thinking that I may be able handle the intensive course work. I do not have any kids and would like o get the RN as soon as I can. Plus, the state school I am looking which offers the acc bsn also offers financial aid and my local community college (2-yr RN route) does not b/c I already have a BS. But my main focus is getting into a program where I can get as much clinical exp. so I don't go in the "real world" with little or no knowledge. My question is, how is the clinical experience in your program. Do you feel like you're learning a lot? Hope to hear back from you.
Sorry for the delayed response! I had heard from my micro instructor at a different school to beware accelerated programs because you do not get much clinical experience. I find that is certainly not true. The State Board of Nursing requires the same hours of clinicals for all programs, and the only difference is the schedule. For instance, last semester we had clinicals in Adult I (MED/Surg), Psych, and Maternity/OB all in the same semester, whereas the traditional students do not take all 3 in the same semester.
This semester, my group is taking Pedi clinicals on Fridays and Saturdays for the first 5 weeks of the semester. We have classes on Tues and Thurs and we have Mon and Wed off. Then for the remainder of the semester, we have Adult II Clinical on Mon (ICU/Critical care) and Community Health Clinical on Wed, our normal classes on Tues and Thurs, and are off Fri and Sat. We are always off Sun. We also have an online class, and lots of study! But our clinical hours are the same as anyone else and we learn just as much, if not more since we really have to prove ourselves as accelerated students. I'll be happy to answer any other questions.