This is my first post on this forum. I am looking into accelerated bsn/direct entry psych NP programs and need some clarification from the pros.
From what I can see, many of these programs are described as being 3 years with no break in between getting your BSN in one year and starting your advanced practice specialty studies.
This sounds great, but I have also heard that folks have had difficulty getting into advanced practice master's programs because they didn't have enough experience. So I'm a little confused.
If one gets accepted to a 3 year program, is it not really 3 years? Are you forced to take time off to work to gain experience before you start your specialty studies and if so, how long?
For anyone who has completed one of these programs who had a bachelor's in a different field - did you feel prepared to be an APN or NP after just 3 years? I am definitely looking at adult psych MSN programs in particular if that makes a difference.
Thanks much in advance for your insights.