I am all lined up to begin a 5-semester ADN program in the Spring. I know I want to eventually be an advanced practice RN. I also have a bachelors degree, not in nursing (this is a second career for me). I am thinking about applying to an Accelerated BSN program, also 16 months to begin in Spring, but if I don't do that, and stick with plan A (which is finish the ADN and get my RN), would I want to do an RN-BSN program? I looked at the curriculum, and it looks like between the nursing classes I will take in the ADN program and the general education classes I have from undergrad, I will alreadly have all the credits...? Would I really be looking at a RN-MSN program? What are the chances of these still being around in two years from now? Thanks in advance for any advice!
Jul 26, '12
by talitha cumi
@ rnstudentcharleston - It really depends on what you want for your career. If a Master's degree is in your future aspirations, then by all means pursue Rn-MSN. Less time, probably cost less overall than when done separate at the same institute. If you do not plan on pursuing graduate studies then maybe RN-BSN option is favorable.
I completed ADN this past March and for many weeks toyed with RN-BSN or RN-MSN? After much evaluation I have decidedto pursue RN-MSN instead. I want to be a Family Nurse Practitioner so why not go straight in instead of long round about way. I am still evaluating schools offering RN-MSN. In addition to evaluating programs I am also looking at what States the schools are in, my flexibility for a potential move and timing, cost and financial windfall. Sometimes you just gotta find what you want in life and take a big leap of faith - thats just what I intend to do.
All the best on your endeavors.
Last edit by talitha cumi on Jul 26, '12
: Reason: spelling