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

  1. 0 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?
  2. Visit  enfermera2b profile page

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    From 'Denver'; 35 Years Old; Joined Dec '08; Posts: 14; Likes: 3.

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  3. Visit  ChayaChameleon profile page
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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.
    FormerLawyer likes this.
  4. Visit  not.done.yet profile page
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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.
  5. Visit  enfermera2b profile page
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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.
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  6. Visit  muffingirl profile page
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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
  7. Visit  aneres1390 profile page
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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!
  8. Visit  EVIADEAN profile page
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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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  9. Visit  not.done.yet profile page
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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.
  10. Visit  enfermera2b profile page
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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.
  11. Visit  muffingirl profile page
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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.
  12. Visit  mickey_RN profile page
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    Quote from muffingirl
    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.

    Sounds like its just a job to you...But I have a grandmother who was a nurse for 35 years and an aunt who is a DON of a cardiac transplant unit both tell me you shouldnt be a nurse if it is just a job to you
    FormerLawyer, caugust, and cmac0531 like this.
  13. Visit  katkonk profile page
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    Hi, enfermera 2B (like the moniker). I will offer this advice, and perhaps alternative advice.
    It largely depends on what your goals are for nursing. If you wish to be an administrator and pursue a masters, then perhaps you should consider Masters in Health Administration. You mentioned you wanted to be an NP, but unsure what you want to do with that masters degree....clinical or administration? MHA will get you to administration without the hefty wait for nursing school.
    IF you wish to really sink your teeth into the clinical aspects and are very sure that is the direction you wish to go, consider a PA program. PA (under normal circumstances) is masters level and will take you straight to the very heart of clinical, without having to get the BS, then MS in nursing. PA's (sorry NP's out there) also get (IMHO) more intensive clinical experience. Okay, now everyone, don't get on my case about this... Aside from neonatal and pediatric NP's, who are SO talented and focused (and usually help train med students and PA's), if you are working with adolescents-geriatrics, PA's get training in radiology AND cadaver gross anatomy, and nurses get more theory. There are great NP's and sorry PA's, but over and over again I have seen PA's that are stunning diagnosticians and put many NP's to shame. Again...all the nurses out there who read this, please don't rag on me for not supporting NP's more. I started an NP program, but decided for many personal reasons not to continue (and it was not the challenge of the program-I graduated Summa Cum Laude with my BS and made A's while in the NP program). You may have to take some more pre-req's for the PA program (physics and math come to mind, depending on what you already have), but it is an option.
    If you decide to pursue the BSN, then I would suggest that, are there any additional courses you can take that are normally a part of the program (have you taken nutrition? pathophysiology? is it possible to take an entry level pharmacology course? even organic chemistry..which usually is not required, but may help your transcripts look more appealing to the powers-that-be re: entrance to the program. I hope this helps.
  14. Visit  cmac0531 profile page
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    Enferema2b if going into nursing is what you want to do then good luck to you! I have also decided to go into nursing as a career change because I have wanted to do so for many years. I was always working corporate because of the pay scale and when I had the chance to make the decision (even in this economy) to go to school to try to get into nursing school that was the best decision for me and my family. Please disregard negative postings. It's not all about the money as you know. And there are always going to be ups and downs with the economy. You can't base your life goals on the economy.

    Good luck with your future endeavors!!
    enfermera2b likes this.


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