Hi everybody, I'm looking for some advice. I have a B.A. in Spanish and have decided that I would like to pursue my longtime dream of becoming a nurse practitioner (with women's health as my specialty). I've been doing some research, and it appears as though an accelerated BSN course would be the best option, as I already have a B.A. However, I live in NH and there really aren't any accelerated BSN courses offered at all, and I would like to remain in-state. The University of NH has an accelerated MSN course, but it is just for a general nurse practitioner degree in family health and doesn't offer the women's health concentration, so I assume I would have to go to school afterwards for the women's health portion. I've been looking at the various ways I could go about getting my RN as soon as possible, and the local community colleges have Associates programs which look quite good, with higher percentages of graduates passing the NCLEX than UNH grads. I ultimately do want to have a BSN, because I then want to go on for my Masters, and a BSN is pretty much a requirement.
I am currently enrolled in a CNA/LNA program that finishes at the end of June, and plan on working as an LNA while I go to nursing school. I attended a liberal-arts college for my B.A. and therefore need to take the usual prereqs (anatomy & physiology, microbiology, stats, etc) before applying to nursing school. Ideally I'd like to start school in fall 2008. Can anyone offer advice? Should I go for my Associates, or go all-out and get the BSN, even though it takes 4 years longer and I already have a B.A. and cannot take an accelerated BSN course? Also, any advice regarding my goal to be a nurse practitioner in the women's health field would be very much appreciated. Thank you very much!!