I am getting a little confused on what to do. I already have a BS, but would like to become a nurse. What is the difference in going to a community college and getting a RN Certificate through them and going to a University and getting a BSN? Which one has more opportunities. I see a lot of RN job postings, so that confuses me.
Thanks for the help.
Jan 4, '13
by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN Moderator
Accelerated baccalaureate programs offer the quickest route to licensure as a registered nurse (RN) for adults who have already completed a bachelor's or graduate degree in a non-nursing discipline. Fast-track baccalaureate programs take between 11 and 18 months to complete, including prerequisites. These programs are intensive, fast paced requiring great deal of crammed studying.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing Accelerated Nursing Programs link
has program description and college list.
In my conversations with new grads, hospitals in Philadelphia-New York-Boston area hiring new grads with BSN predominately with community college grads feeling like they are being shut out of job market, especially in Philly as saturated with BSN program grads. Conversations with nursing programs need to inquire employment rates of new grads and length time it takes for grads to find first RN position.
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Jan 4, '13