Rejected to Accelerated BSN program, should I consider an Associates?

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    Hi Everyone,

    I have a BSN in Communications and have been doing Marketing and PR for 6 years. I recently applied to University of Colorado in Denver for the Accelerated BSN program but unfortunately got rejected. I am still planning on applying to the other 2 schools in the Denver Metro area that offer these programs but I’m now wondering if I should also consider an Associates program.

    I would much rather get a BSN as I want to continue my education and perhaps become a Nurse Practitioner but seeing that I may not even get into any of these accelerated programs should I consider an Associates degree? If so, what programs do you all recommend? (Denver-Area please).

    Suggestions?
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    Why not? It's cheaper and you'll still take the same NCLEX that BSN nurses take. I have a Bachelor's degree as well, but decided against an accelerated program b/c I have 2 small children at home and cannot afford to not work. I wanted to keep my sanity as well. I start an ADN program this fall and plan on completing an RN-BSN or RN-MSN program later. If you want to be a practioner (not CRNA) you can get your associates and then just do the RN-MSN...no BSN required.
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    ASN is usually harder to get into than BSN and similar in difficulty to the bridge programs. Why were you not accepted? If it is GPA based, ASN won't be any easier to get into in most places.
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    Quote from gentylwind
    ASN is usually harder to get into than BSN and similar in difficulty to the bridge programs. Why were you not accepted? If it is GPA based, ASN won't be any easier to get into in most places.
    Not really sure why I did not get in. Probably a combination of lack of healthcare experience and GPA

    cumulative: 3.4
    prereqs: 3.7
    experience: 1 yr volunteer in a hospital
    degree: B.S in communication

    I had no idea that an ASN program was harder to get into... seems a little backwards to me. I'll have to do some research in my area.

    Thanks for your comment.
    not.done.yet likes this.
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    why would you consider nursing school now? there are no new grad positions, and there is not as much job security as people say. you should read some of the discussions by new grad nurses online. If you like what you do now, stick with it until this economy gets better
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    Have you thought about applying to a traditional BSN program but as a transfer student? if you are going to get in as a sophmore or Junior in the BSN program, I think it is way better than getting just the associates degree, especially since you have a BA already, I bet a lot of your credits will transfer.

    I'm applying to schools as a tranfser since I havent gotten into any accelerated program yet, I even applied to my previous school hoping all my credits will transfer. ADN will be my last choice..Good Luck!
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    Quote from muffingirl
    why would you consider nursing school now? there are no new grad positions, and there is not as much job security as people say. you should read some of the discussions by new grad nurses online. If you like what you do now, stick with it until this economy gets better
    The Job market is bad in every profession. If everyone felt this way then all colleges just need to shut their doors. The economy will turn around and hospitals will be hiring again just as every other profession. There may be no new grad jobs now. Whose to say that two or three years from now Hospitals won't be in need of new grads. I have decided to go back to school and guess what? I am going into Nursing. I start in Jan and I am very comfortable with my decision. I encourage everybody to go into whatever field they desire because that's what they want and love to do..... not because the jobs are few. As long as the Earth is still here, the economy will have its ups and its downs. So enfemera2b if Nursing is what your heart tells you to do then go for it and do not give up. You will find the program that is right for you.
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    Quote from enfermera2b
    Not really sure why I did not get in. Probably a combination of lack of healthcare experience and GPA

    cumulative: 3.4
    prereqs: 3.7
    experience: 1 yr volunteer in a hospital
    degree: B.S in communication

    I had no idea that an ASN program was harder to get into... seems a little backwards to me. I'll have to do some research in my area.

    Thanks for your comment.
    It is harder to get into because it is far cheaper, takes less time and pays the same as a BSN. And most people who earn an ASN and get into a hospital for employment get their BSN and MSN paid for by the hospital under tuition reimbursement/continuing education benefits. It is just a faster, smarter way to the same destination, which makes it more competitive to get in.
    gallatea likes this.
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    Quote from eviadean
    the job market is bad in every profession. if everyone felt this way then all colleges just need to shut their doors. the economy will turn around and hospitals will be hiring again just as every other profession. there may be no new grad jobs now. whose to say that two or three years from now hospitals won't be in need of new grads. i have decided to go back to school and guess what? i am going into nursing. i start in jan and i am very comfortable with my decision. i encourage everybody to go into whatever field they desire because that's what they want and love to do..... not because the jobs are few. as long as the earth is still here, the economy will have its ups and its downs. so enfemera2b if nursing is what your heart tells you to do then go for it and do not give up. you will find the program that is right for you.

    i could not agree more. believe me, if i was doing this simply for a job wouldn't i just stay in my current profession? you might not know this from my original post, but i do have a day job as a senior marketing coordinator at an architecture firm. i have decided to make a career change because i want to help people. my drive to be a nurse goes far beyond the simply monetary aspects of it.
    mickey_RN likes this.
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    ok, then have fun in nursing. I still think its a poor career change, and yes, it is just a job no matter what you tell yourself.


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