These fly-by-night schools that offer you a "BSN" with only your ADN General Ed. classes, and then a handful of Nursing classes on top of it, aren't worth the paper they're written on.
Wow. From which Ivy League school did you buy your degree?
Also, these schools (Chamberlain, Kaplan, U. of Phoenix, Vanguard, and the other ones who heavily recruit to RN students while still in school) usually run classes consecutively, not concurrently (for instance, instead of taking 3 classes at a time for 16 weeks, they'll have you take one class for 6 weeks, another for the second 6 weeks, and the last for the third 6 weeks). They usually cater to people who want a BSN - fast and easy.
They, and Vanguard in particular, cater to nurses who are working full-time and have families. Four hours per week in the classroom with a strict attendance policy in addition to online presence via discussion boards. What is the difference if I take a nursing theory class for one hour a week for 16 weeks versus 4 hours a week for 4 weeks? Watson is Watson is Watson is Watson and "Knowledge deficit r/t Inefficient BSN School Information" is the same no matter how long the theory class is.
They also charge around $500 a unit so you're basically buying a degree.
Unless you're on a scholarship, everyone buys their education. We earn degrees by way of the hard work we put into achieving them.
Plus, even many employers won't hire BSN's if their degrees came from one of the substandard programs.
Lots of nurses are getting hired by West Coast University which charges a heinous amount of money for their non-CSU/UC BSN degrees. So much for "fly by night".
This is alright if you only want a "BSN" to work at the VA, join the military, or work at a magnet or university hospital that requires a BSN as the 'title' is all that's necessary. HOWEVER, if you ever want to go further (e.g. Master's degree), these BSN's won't cut it. You will need a Bachelor's from a reputable university that requires upper division General Ed. classes (30-60 units) in order for you to get that BSN. Any school that doesn't require the same number of General Ed. classes as for a traditional Bachelor's, isn't reputable.
This will be the second post I reply to in regard to your disparaging words about Vanguard and the so-called "fly by night" BSN programs in an attempt to educate you. While it is up to the individual institution to decide their candidates eligibility the usual requirement is a BSN from a CCNE or NLN accredited program (from which Vanguard and the others you discount are members) and a 3.0GPA. In my search for a MSN with the right fit for me, I have not encountered one that has said, "...except if you graduated from Vanguard".
I know someone who obtained one of these "Diploma Mill" BSN's and, even though she has a '4.0 GPA', she now can't get into a Nurse Practitioner program other than ones offered by those same type of sham schools. Yale University (for example) won't even accept a 'BSN' for their RN-to-MSN program - you have to have a traditional Bachelor's in another subject on top of your RN.
Correction: Yale will accept a non-nursing bachelor's degree for the Graduate Entry Pre-specialty Nursing Program which means this is a track for non-nurses who want to be nurses bu already have a bachelor's in another field. They will earn the RN mid-way through and graduate as MSNs with NPs at the end (I have two friends who did this track). Nurses with BSNs can apply to their MSN programs.
Apgar10, BSN (Vanguard), RN