Does it matter to the crna admisions people where you got your bsn degree? Does it matter if you get it online, or at an actuall brick and morter school? I know you can be accepted with either or, but is one better than another? Also if I did decide to do a rn to bsn online is there certain choices in selecting that program that may give me a better shot at getting in?
May 15, '13
I went to online rn-bsn. It doesn't state on my diploma that it was an online program. They didn't ask me if it was online. I did go to a school that has a brick and mortor bsn program as well. I do not know if you go to a school that has only online programs if that sways them. Meaning the adcom can ID the school as being online based on the school being well known for it.
May 16, '13
This always leaves me wondering....why would schools look down on online education? Experience tells me that in "chalk and talk" education often times only the highlights of the book are covered, whereas online education I've been required to work every problem of every chapter or be tested on all of the content. To me online classes are a luxury you pay for with increased course load. I wish adcom's saw it that way...
May 17, '13
I also didn't feel diminished by any of my online classes, or that they were easier than the in person version. One was too hard for me and I had to drop then take it in person. I think there is still the fear of 'diploma mill' schools, where the degree is more easy to get online. But if the school is accredited that should lessen the fear. Not sure if adcoms actually don't like them at all. I had no problem but have no idea if they knew any of it was online.
May 18, '13
Thank you missnurse and justanlpn. I think you both have very valid points. I guess I just worry more about biased opinions held by adcoms and the competitiveness of the nursing profession in general especially in the advanced practice settings. I also think that I could end up driving myself crazy trying to contemplate all of the "what if's" out there in this profession. I think I'm going to just concentrate on accreditation and let my grades and experience speak for themselves when it comes time for me to make the leap into advanced practice. Thanks again for he responses.
May 22, '13
Many schools appreciate an online BSN program for a couple of reasons. First, many anesthesia courses, especially DNP courses, are either hybrid or fully online. An online BSN shows you are capable of operating in an online format. Second, an online degree shows you have the self-motivation to get it done without a professor prodding you along.
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