Quote from prince27
I'm new to this I have a couple of questions. okay so I'm currently getting my B.A. in dance and I went this path because I've always have a love for dance and wanted to get a degree on it, its more of a self achievement rather than making a career out of it, BUT I wanted nursing to be my career. My main goal is to be a Pediatric NP.
So I have two plans..
After I graduate I'm planning to go to Concordia University in Irvine for their 1 year Acc-BSN program..is there anyone who goes there and any tips.. how it works, how much it cost and stuff like that?
and after that, I want to get my Pediatric NP certificate at CSULB and if so how long will that take?
should I just enter CSULB MEPN program concentrating on Pediatric NP? if so how long will that take? and if so..any one doing this program? any tips or advise on how to get in..and stuff like that
I'm just trying to see how long it will take me to be an Pediatric NP..and if so which route will be faster?
Thanks in advance.
I too was researching this. although the Cal state long beach has direct entry to the nurse practitioner after 18 months of getting your Masters in nursing. it'll take another 22 months to become a NP. give or take 4 years (that's a long time ) so I hope you know what you're getting into. do as much shadowing . beg the hospital to let you look into what they do .
you will have NO time for working all those 4 years so you'll have to take out big loans or have real generous parents
so I emphasize that you really investigate what you'll get yourself into.
for the accelerated program at concordia irvine, it says that it is 550 $ per unit, not including supplies, fees, etc etc . seems rather expensive since it's private uni. http://www.cui.edu/academicprograms/nursing/fa.aspx
cal state long beach also has an accelerated bsa/bsn program so you might want to look into that.
I would suggest you just get your BSN ---only 1 year of commitment for you to decide if it's not for you. what if you want to change areas of working. you cannot do what as a nurse practitioner. you have to really know what you want. either way, I wish you lots of luck
oh also, they have this new thing that NP are recommended to have "doctorate " degrees by 2015. so you'll be competing with those Nps with doctorates of np I say just stick with the BSN , get some experience and if you still want to become a NP, then go for you doctorate ..
there is a BSN-doctorate in NP
so expect more of these programs in many other schools
by the way, have you gotten the prerequisites out for the nursing programs