I'm hoping someone can answer a few questions and/or offer advice regarding my education track. I was recently accepted into a DE-MSN program that does not award a BSN before the MSN phase of the program. Students are required to obtain RN before moving forward in the program. I'm wondering, how important is having a BSN? My goal is to become a pediatric nurse practitioner. I am unclear as to whether or not I'll be able to practice as an NP once I graduate since the MSN track is supposedly being phased and if I'll simply be an MSN with an RN. If it is, I'm left wondering whether it's more wise to get a BSN and then enter into a DNP program. My fear is that I'll have invested a lot of time and money for an advanced MSN degree and come out on equal ground as a BSN/RN or non-degree RN. Any feedback would be helpful!