Are there any Second Degree BSN programs that AREN'T accelerated? - page 2

I know that in those accelerated programs, they squeeze in 2 years worth of nursing education into 1 year. Then you take the NCLEX-RN. I sorta don't want to do an accelerated program, though. How... Read More

  1. by   SweetCorn
    12 month ABSN programs seem to be the minority from what I've seen. There are some, but it seems like most are a bit longer. The ones that are 12 months have more pre-requisites, usually pharmacology and pathiophysiology (sometimes others).

    Most ABSN programs are 14-18 months, as others have posted.
    Some people have told me that the clinical experience gained in a more traditional program, like an AA program is better and I personally like the idea of spreading things out some (and having summers off) that comes with other programs. But I've got a BA and also like the idea of graduating with a BSN in less time.
    One thing to remember though is that there are guidelines that programs must follow in terms of keeping their certifications, so regardless of the program, you are receiving the required amount of clinical experience, by law.

    Program impaction and the sheer number of second career nurses, many of whom are good candidates for ABSN programs, make getting into one around here (Northern CA/NV) the really difficult part.
  2. by   SycamoreGuy
    you should look at the program you are thinking about and compare the traditional and accelerated programs curriculum. I was considering the traditional program at my school but when I looked at the required classed the only difference between the ABSN and the traditional program was that the ABSN students take a full load of summer classes and the traditional program takes summers off. The core classes are exactly the same, same number of credit hours and everything.