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

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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 experience? Plus, don't the traditional BSN students (i.e., the 19 to 20-year olds) get a lot more reinforcement on the clinical concepts and the critical thinking bit of nursing, because they get more time for it to all sink in?

    I'd actually want to go to a nursing program that taught nursing, rather than come off as an NCLEX test-prep factory that churns out new grads that are less prepared for actual practice.

    Ideally, I'd like some 2nd degree BSN program that's about a year and a half long, rather than the compressed 11-month programs. Are any available?

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    Yes, there are lots but most of them are impacted. Google some colleges in your area and look for traditional BSN programs.
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    Accelerated BSN programs come in a variety of shape, sizes, and duration. In my state, they range from 11-18 months. The more 'traditional' BSN programs are 2 academic years (fall, spring, fall, spring) and some schools in my state will accept second degree students into this two academic year program.

    Search around the programs in your state. You may also want to look at some of the state programs in other states too. The out-of-state tuition you would pay could still be less than 50% of the price of many of the private schools.
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    University of Maryland has a 23 month clinical nurse leader degree.

    Salisbury has a 2 year program.

    You're right though most are conduced or accelerated.
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    Just the traditional programs. It really works out a slight bit longer then the accelerated as you have all the base courses. The accelerated program for me would be 3 semesters or the traditional is about 5 or 6. Not that much difference.
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    Yes you can apply for the traditional BSN program at many schools. They should accept a lot of the core curriculum stuff you did with your first degree, so it won't take you the full 4 years but it will take more time than the accel programs. Average is 2-3 years.
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    Quote from Naturally Brilliant
    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 experience? Plus, don't the traditional BSN students (i.e., the 19 to 20-year olds) get a lot more reinforcement on the clinical concepts and the critical thinking bit of nursing, because they get more time for it to all sink in?

    I'd actually want to go to a nursing program that taught nursing, rather than come off as an NCLEX test-prep factory that churns out new grads that are less prepared for actual practice.

    Ideally, I'd like some 2nd degree BSN program that's about a year and a half long, rather than the compressed 11-month programs. Are any available?
    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)
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    The accelerated program I completed had almost the identical amount of clinical days and all the same clinical courses. We ended up having 8 less days total of clinical (4 in psych, 2 I'm community, and 2 in leadership)
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    Mine is 17 months. We have same classes as traditional students but go through summer to finish faster.
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    Oh okay! I wonder if I can directly apply for admissions into a Traditional BSN program. I wouldn't want to retake the SAT (which I took a decade ago​) and go through undergrad admissions again...ugh.


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