Bachelor Degree for nursing is a must???

  1. Hey guys, please help! I had a friend's friend just graduated from Aldephei College of nursing. I told her I am gonna go to a private school 2 year program for an associate degree. She said, "Oh, u need to get a bachelor degree of nursing within 10 years in order to maintain the rn license, or else u will go back to lpn license. is it true??? Is it a must that I need that bachelor degree within 10 years period after I graduated from a 2 year program?
    She said if I am you, I will go for the bachelor degree ....
    Second question, the private school 2 year program, I saw that they had the eng101, intro to psycology, nutrition... does this kind of 2 year program will immediately go into nursing major or does it like the community 2 year college need to take all those pre-quiste courses and need 3.8gpa in order to go to nursing program????
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  3. by   shippoRN
    Not sure I am following your question but I'll say this
    If you are talking about beth israel because I believe that is where you applied
    Beth isreal integrates their pre-reqs with the nursing courses, this means that it is not necessary for you to have pre-reqs before you can take your nursing courses the curriculum is set up that you take both at the same time. If however you have completed some or all of your pre-reqs then its one less class to take. So no, beth isreal is not like a community college where you need 3.8 GPA to be accepted to their programs.

    As far as having a BSN in 10 yrs, I don't know much about that whole argument nor will I get into it, what I will say is do not let anyone deter you from what you want to do, everyone has to take their own path to get to their goals, some prefer to jump right into the Bacchalors, others decide to start with the associates and make their way up. Regardless, at the end of the day you will be eligible to take the NCLEX and get your license to practise. I currently work at one of the top cancer hospitals in the nation and i can't even begin to tell you the amount of nurses who work here with an ASN.

    From a personal perspective, I could easily apply to an accelerated BSN program, it was an option I considered, but I choose not to go this route because I have to work and the BSN programs will not allow me to keep the work schedule I need to keep. I need to pay rent, i need to pay bills, pay for school and maintain my health benifits, futhermore my job offers tuition reimbursement, and I have one foot in the door as far as nursing employment after graduation is concerned. SO, going to BSN program is not in my best intrest at this moment. Do what is in YOUR best intrest, not what someone else thinks you should do.
    Last edit by shippoRN on May 17, '07 : Reason: additional thoughts
  4. by   RN28MD
    I haven't heard of the BS in 10yrs. I think if you have time you should call your Board of Nursing and ask. It doesn't hurt
    :spin:
  5. by   CRNA2BKY
    What she is telling you about HAVING to get your BS is BS! Once you have your ASN, it will NEVER become an LPN.
  6. by   decartes
    I don't know about the RN license becoming a LPN license but from what I understand, all NY state nurses are required to achieve their BSN's within 10 years or else lose their ability to renew. Maybe it's like the CEU minimum requirement to renew RN licenses in NJ. If you don't do it, your license will not be renewed.
  7. by   robinanne72
    Eyesonme-they tried that on us 30 years ago when I was in an associates program-still hasn't happened. I don't understand how they could downgrade a license-but I guess state boards can do as they please. I would check with your state board of nursing. But also remember-education is never wasted and a BSN, if you can manage to go that route, will always be with you.
  8. by   nessa1980
    Very well said Mystix!!!
  9. by   eyesonme
    Quote from decartes
    I don't know about the RN license becoming a LPN license but from what I understand, all NY state nurses are required to achieve their BSN's within 10 years or else lose their ability to renew. Maybe it's like the CEU minimum requirement to renew RN licenses in NJ. If you don't do it, your license will not be renewed.

    Thank you everybody, Hey decartes, I think that is what my friend's friend mean. I will call the board of nursing to confirm. But I plan to go for the 2 yr program by the way. I am scared.... cuz I saw in this forum, many students drop out after the first semester or the second semester. They said it is very difficult I dont know. I am feeling excited to get into the school but on the other hand, concerned and scared. I did not go to school for 10 years.
  10. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from decartes
    I don't know about the RN license becoming a LPN license but from what I understand, all NY state nurses are required to achieve their BSN's within 10 years or else lose their ability to renew. Maybe it's like the CEU minimum requirement to renew RN licenses in NJ. If you don't do it, your license will not be renewed.
    There was a bill regarding this in NY state. I was under the understanding that it did not pass. But I could be wrong. I recently updated my NY license and there was nothing about it, nor anything sent out, as should be required.

    Check the website.
  11. by   MistiroseRN
    Quote from eyesonme
    Thank you everybody, Hey decartes, I think that is what my friend's friend mean. I will call the board of nursing to confirm. But I plan to go for the 2 yr program by the way. I am scared.... cuz I saw in this forum, many students drop out after the first semester or the second semester. They said it is very difficult I dont know. I am feeling excited to get into the school but on the other hand, concerned and scared. I did not go to school for 10 years.
    eyesonme,
    I am 40 years old. I earned my GED in 2003. I only had a 9th grade education and started at the basic levels in college. I have a 3.40 GPA. If I can do it anyone can. Believe in yourself and study. I help other students and know when to ask for help myself. I will graduate next May. It's worth all the hard work. I enjoy school now.Good luck to you!
  12. by   *Blessed2BaNRS*
    Hey there eyesonme,

    As far as I know, you can either go the ASN route or the BSN, it is up to you. The difference is, most hospitals won't allow you to go into management without having a Bachelors degree. At least that is the case down here in Texas. I do know that some people have said that they have been in management without their BSN, but if you don't plan on going in to be a manager or administrator, go the ASN route. I don't see that anyone can take that away from you!!
  13. by   DesertRain
    Holy Crap! To have an RN be downgraded or not be able to be renewed without a BSN! That can't possibly fly unless somehow this nation is no longer in a nursing shortage and I missed the nationwide broadcast on that one. Geez wouldn't that make a heck of a lot of LPN's, a lot less RN's and create an even bigger shortage? I dunno, I guess where I live, we are in such high demand for nurses that if they made all the RN's with an Associate's Degree LPN's there would be like a 567:1 RN to pt ratio.

    Anyhow, listen to what those have told you about not listening to what everyone has to tell you. I cannot stress that enough. That to me has been the worst thing to do, and has caused me a lot of unwarranted stress. Get the facts straight from the source and believe in yourself. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it and your heart into it. Best Wishes.
  14. by   decartes
    Hi eyesonme! Contacting the board would be the best thing to do.

    Concern and fear can serve as good things...it will maintain your respect for the program and the nursing profession. Do your best and BE FLEXIBLE. Always keep your composure and don't sweat the little things. Good luck future nurse!!!


    Quote from eyesonme
    Thank you everybody, Hey decartes, I think that is what my friend's friend mean. I will call the board of nursing to confirm. But I plan to go for the 2 yr program by the way. I am scared.... cuz I saw in this forum, many students drop out after the first semester or the second semester. They said it is very difficult I dont know. I am feeling excited to get into the school but on the other hand, concerned and scared. I did not go to school for 10 years.

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