Quote from elisiah
I am just starting this thread to help spread the word about the Nursing program at CCRI. I am currently a student finishing up my last prerequisites this semester. I am going to apply for the FAll 2010 Nursing program in June. I am very excited to have gotten this far in my education. I am have previously received a Bachelor's Degree in another field from RIC back in 2005. I chose to attend CCRI because of its affordability and the fact that you spend less time in school (its a two year program not including the prerequisites) to make your way to a great career. Don't get me wrong in thinking that it is by any chance easy to accomplish. The courses that are required are pretty darn tough, mainly the sciences, but if determined, a person will succeed. The main point of this thread is to let prospective students know that CCRI does not retain a waiting list and as long as the student maintains great grades and fulfills all other requirements (i.e. TEAS test, immunizations, CPR certification etc), they should not face disappointment when applying to the Nursing program. A student will receive an ADN which is just as good as a BSN because both of these degree students take the same NCLEX-RN exam and can apply for the same nursing jobs. Something else worth noting is that students who graduate from CCRI with an ADN can go on to receive their BSN and receive credit for holding an RN license and still get that BSN in a short amount of time, say at RIC or another school. Oh yeah, like some other schools chemistry is not a prereq. Thank Goodness!!
Thank you for posting this. I have seen many people leave RIC d/t many unsuccessful applications to the nursing program, but have had success with getting into CCRI's program. The lack of waiting list seems to have improved their ability to accept more students.
I am almost officially a senior (2 more weeks!) in RIC's nursing program right now, and it has been a tough journey. Your line stating that the ADN is "just as good" as a BSN is true to a point. We both take the same NCLEX examination, and we both begin as staff nurses. However, it is important to note the differences. While there is no (or very little) difference in pay, the BSN prepares you for graduate school education down the road. Also, more and more hospitals (particularly magnet institutions) are requiring a BSN for hire. This is not to say that BSN's make better nurses (not true at all), but with the economic situation, institutions have the ability to be picky when hiring new grads. I think the BSN gives new grads a leg up in this situation.
This is not an ADN vs BSN debate by ANY MEANS, as I have a great respect for nurses with any educational background (LPN, RN diploma, ADN, BSN). I just think it's important to note that a BSN can open up more doors for you in the long run in your nursing career (despite the fact that there are more pre-reqs, and the program is longer and more theory-based...I think it has been worth it for me).
Also- good point about the RN to BSN option. RIC has a great program for those students who have practiced as an ADN but would like to transition to the BSN (I believe it takes about 3 semesters).
It is a personal decision when choosing ADN or BSN, but I figured I would point out some of the differences, as many people really don't understand this concept.
Good luck with your application, and I hope to see a happy post from you about your acceptance