actually, there are several "direct-entry" programs, where you can apply with only a bachelor's degree (in anything), and after about three years (depending on the program) you can be an NP! I know for UCSF's case for example, during the first year you are learning and taking all the necessary steps to be able to take the NCLEX RN exam after the first year. Then during the next two years you complete the Masters portion. When you graduate you are an NP (assuming that you pass that exam!) There are several schools with these accelerated, direct-entry-type programs. Just to name a few, there is Samuel Merritt (in Oakland, CA) UCSF, Columbia, John Hopkins, Yale, University of WA, University of PENN, Boston College, Simmons College, Northeastern University, Seattle University, PACE University, etc., etc. The list goes on an on. You should take a look at a website called www.allnursingschools.com
. They actually don't even have the complete list of accelerated programs, but they do list a good amount.
Here is the direct link to the direct-entry MSN programs:
Hope that helps!