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

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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 would I get enough clinical... Read More


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    Quote from PennyS
    I am not sure if where you are from and if you are amenable to relocating. Simmons College in Boston has an 18 month and 2 & 3 year options. The other Accel programs in the area has varying time frames -i.e MGH (14 mths), Curry (16mths), UMass Boston (15 mths)
    Very interesting. Thank you for this info. Ideally, I'd like to stay in my region of Texas (won't disclose that on this board, as it may give away my real-life identity). This isn't just because of in-state tuition purposes, but also because I'd like to keep my clinical assistant position and go PRN in nursing school. The reasons for it are twofold: #1, as a continued employee, I'd get their tuition reimbursement, and #2, their employees are FAR likelier to get into the Versant program and get hired once they're RNs.

    The prospect of having a virtually guaranteed hospital job upon graduation is too tempting to give up to relocate out to another state.
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    I'm a graduate of an Accelerated BSN and your clinical hours and experience aren't less than the traditional route. However, if I could do it all again would I go through it? No, it was rough. All that matters now is I did make it. Like UV Grad stated, ABSN programs can go from 12-18 months. My school was 15 months long, but they do have a part-time version too. With the ASN programs, more focus is on the clinical experience.

    Good luck.
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    Since you already have a degree, you won't have to retake the SATs or even show them your scores.

    Unfortunately though, since it would be a second Bachelor's degree, you are still considered an undergraduate. Some institutions, however, would consider you an "Adult Undergrad Learner" because of number of credits completed.
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    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.
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    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.


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