I have read several threads r/t online RN to BSN programs, and I still feel overwhelmed.
And I still have questions...:spin:
1)The Clinical component? Does it matter? Some schools require it, some do not. As far as the clinical portion, I felt I had a solid clinical experience in my A.D.N. program, I just want what will get me hired by a prospective employer.
2) Cost? I have found schools ranging from approximately $150/credit hour to over $400/credit hour. Again, how much does the school's name matter to the prospective employer? Will a cheaper out-of-state non-clinical online school land me the job just as quickly as the more expensive, presigious one? Does the saying "you get what you pay for" really apply to RN to BSN degrees?
3)Accreditation? NLN? CCRN? What's best?
Truthfully, I don't want to go back to school and spend more money right now, but the economy is still tight and my phone is not ringing off the hook with hospitals calling me to interview despite experience.
FWIW, I have chosen a local school with a hybrid rather than a purely online program. The cost is more than a pure online program but less than the big universities in my area per credit hour. (It is both NLN and CCNE accredited.)
My rationale is related a few factors:
First, to my experience with online coursework. Its PURE self-teaching and self-motivation. I can do that, but I definitely do better with some face time and real classroom interaction. To me, the extra $$ per credit is worth that.
Second, to which schools' programs are considered for post BSN residencies in my area. I want to have a shot at a post-graduate residency.
The head of the program said the program doesn't require additional clinical hours, but it is designed so that you can work and go to school at the same time - so I assume I will have a better experience if I find some sort of job to continue gaining clinical experience while participating in the RN to BSN.
Good luck to us both, right?
Last edit by microtutor on Aug 8, '12
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