Quote from Mantequilla8
I was unaware. I thought with all MSN degrees one must be at least a RN. I think with both programs clinical experience should be required.
There are tons of direct entry MSN programs out there that take people with a BA/BS in something else, no nursing license or experience, and turn them into advanced practice nurses. Some of them require that applicants must have had some kind of healthcare experience, even if only volunteer experience (but, obviously not nursing
experience, since these programs are specifically for people who are not
nurses). Some don't have any such requirement. Some require that people "stop" between the initial, basic nursing education, year of the program and get some nursing experience before continuing on into the advanced practice portion of the program. Plenty don't.
There's not much point, in the endless "NP vs. PA" discussions and arguments, for individuals to keep raising the point, as people always do, that NP students come into their programs with years of nursing experience (or even with an RN license) when that's simply not true any more for large numbers of NP students.