Accelerated BSN programs in Washington?
- 0Apr 10, '10 by waRN_:)Hi, I just wanted to know if anyone has heard of or knows of any accelerated BSN programs in either Washington or Oregon? I cannot find anything! I have a BA and just completed my NAC certificate, I am taking all the pre-reqs for entrance into a community college LPN or RN program, but I've read on here (and through personal experience) that they are much more competitive to get into especially if you already have a BA in something. I currently have a 3.7, and am hoping to apply to some schools right away. Also, does anyone know if the TEAS test is required for all schools here? Do you need to take it before admissions? Thanks!
- 0Apr 11, '10 by j450nYeah, UW just started their ABSN and admitted only 16 people. I think next year, they said they would increase the number of spots because they're putting their GEPN program on hold. It doesn't require the TEAS, but it does call for 3 letters of rec, direct patient-care experience, completion of at least 4 science prereqs, and a personal statement.
I think the app is available late August, and due in October. If accepted, you don't start til the following June and it's 5 consecutive quarters...so about 15 months. The cost is a tad bit steep. I think it's about $8800ish per quarter.
Check the UW SON website here: http://www.son.washington.edu/admiss...sn/default.asp
- 0Apr 11, '10 by waRN_:)I appreciate the info. I'll take a look at those programs, OHSU looks great, $9000 per quarter for 5 quarters at UW is definitely a tad expensive. That's the cost of the entire tuition at some schools for their nursing programs. Why is it so much there? And unfortunately as I already have a BA I won't qualify for certain financial aid opportunities. I would like to obtain a second baccalaureate versus a certificate but unfortunately cost is a key factor. Would it be easier and more affordable to obtain a practical nursing certificate (LPN) and then take an online LPN to RN program somewhere? How important is it to have a degree from one school versus another, (besides the obvious quality of education)? Does the route you take to obtain your RN or the school you get your degree from really make that big of a difference to prospective employers? Lastly, can anyone recommend a good reference for scholarships, grants and alternative financial assistance? Thank you!
- 0Apr 11, '10 by j450nI think it's so much because they're techically charging tuition at the graduate level. It's pretty much the same pre-licensure curriculum that GEPN students go through before they begin their nursing specialty education. I also have a BA, but I opted for the traditional 2-year BSN program at UW because it's cheaper, and I'm not really in a rush to enter the workforce. You definitely could go the LPN to RN route, or apply to one of the associate's degree programs. However, I personally feel like those schools put more emphasis on grades while BSN programs look at the applicant wholistically.
Aside from the quality of education, it really doesn't matter where you get your degree. Everyone ultimately takes the NCLEX and employers will check to see if your license is free and clear. Moreover, once you start gaining experience, I think that supercedes the reputation of any school.
Not too sure where to look for financial assistance (as I am still looking right now), but I know there's awesome loan repayment programs for employees that work in hospitals that serve underrepresented communities. I know Harborview and UWMC are such hospitals.