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ABSN vs MEPN

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by ATstudent ATstudent (New Member) New Member

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Hey guys I'm currently debating if I should go for an ABSN or MEPN. The cost difference of the two aren't a concern to me as they're both pretty close in cost. If I do the ABSN I would start Jan 2019 and finish Dec 2019. If I do the MEPN I'll start May 2019 and finish Aug 2020. Both programs prepare me to be a registered nurse except with the MEPN I'll be receiving my MSN instead of a BSN with the ABSN program. It seems to me that the only difference between the two are the degree type and some "leadership skills" gained in the MEPN. My ultimate goal is to become an NP but I don't know in what specialty just yet. The programs the I am debating between are ASU's ABSN and UofA's MEPN so if anyone has any positive/negative things to say about either of those programs I'd love to hear them! Thanks in advance :)

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Honestly I think it comes down to how quickly you want to be done. I was in a position financially where I needed to start the program sooner... finish date didn't affect me as much. In the MEPN program you'll be able to work part time fairly easily. In the post had program at ASU time is EXTREMELY limited. If I could go back in time I would wait that extra semester and start the MEPN program. I don't gage my decision necessarily, but this program has me on the verge of tears every week. It could have been similar in the MEPN program but that extra semesters worth of time really evens out the requirements. I think there is only like a four credit difference between the two. The grass is always greener on the other side so take my warning with a grain of salt. Nursing school is hard enough. I'm currently a straight A student, but this insane summer semester could definitely change that. I would LOVE the idea of a fourth semester. Good luck with your decision!

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You've probably already made your decision but I just wanted to add that the MEPN does not award a traditional MSN degree; it is a MS-RN degree. Which you could argue is the equivalent to being a bachelors trained nurse, but may be a bit of a headache if you move to another area unfamiliar with the MEPN program. The ABSN program does award a traditional BSN degree which is easy to take anywhere you wish to go! I am applying to the MEPN in Jan to start May 2019 as well, but it is my second choice to the concurrent enrollment program with our community college and GCU to earn an ADN degree along with a traditional MSN degree.

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