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Accelerated BSN Program (Texas)

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Hi! 😊

I applied at University of Texas in Arlington for the online accelerated BSN program. My plan is to start next year in the fall. What are your thoughts on this program? Does anyone know of any other online BSN programs besides University of St. Thomas in Houston? They offer a hybrid BSN program but the tuition was too much, so I decided to apply at UTA.

Thanks for the help!

Baylor University does a distance learning accelerated BSN but it's as expensive as UST


UTMB's "regular" program is only 14 months

UT Health Houston has a second degree BSN - pacesetter

Texas A&M has a second degree BSN in 15 months

U of H has an accelerated second degree BSN

You could also apply to Western Governors University Houston cohort (or Houston surrounding areas). They have other cohorts starting in Dallas, Beaumont, San Antonio and many other areas. You’ll have to check their website for more information. Their program is about 2.5 years long though. Cost is roughly $30k for the BSN program. 

Edited by chempansy

12 hours ago, chempansy said:

You could also apply to Western Governors University Houston cohort (or Houston surrounding areas). They have other cohorts starting in Dallas, Beaumont, San Antonio and many other areas. You’ll have to check their website for more information. Their program is about 2.5 years long though. Cost is roughly $30k for the BSN program. 

Yes, their program is reasonable! It is a hybrid program. I keep looking at theirs because so much is online and I could work more, but they aren't starting another Houston cohort until April 2021. They put off almost a year of starts because of COVID. 

36 minutes ago, mlowery said:

Yes, their program is reasonable! It is a hybrid program. I keep looking at theirs because so much is online and I could work more, but they aren't starting another Houston cohort until April 2021. They put off almost a year of starts because of COVID. 

I think it’s worth it! Personally, I just couldn’t wait any longer for these other programs. Everything is so competitive. Another year applying is another year I’m not an RN and I’m getting very impatient. 

3 hours ago, chempansy said:

I think it’s worth it! Personally, I just couldn’t wait any longer for these other programs. Everything is so competitive. Another year applying is another year I’m not an RN and I’m getting very impatient. 

Great point! If I don't get in during Spring or Summer for some of the others I've applied to, I will keep going with WGU. Are you in the program already? Does the way it work make you nervous at all? Like the first 6 months is "pre-nursing" and does not guarantee your spot in the actual 2 year nursing program? 

1 hour ago, mlowery said:

Great point! If I don't get in during Spring or Summer for some of the others I've applied to, I will keep going with WGU. Are you in the program already? Does the way it work make you nervous at all? Like the first 6 months is "pre-nursing" and does not guarantee your spot in the actual 2 year nursing program? 

Oh, I’m not worried about that at all. I just got accepted to the program for the Dec 2020 cohort start date. I feel like I’m okay with this program and I know I’m going to be fine. They say you’re not technically in the “clinical” portion of the program until the second semester but as long as you pass all your courses and submit everything on time that first semester, you’ll be fine.

As far as I know, you have to do some kind of interview with counselors in the program before you get accepted into the clinical portion and it’s really just a “check in” to see what you think of the program, tell them how things have been going and allows them to get to know you better.  It’s not something I’m worried about and I don’t think it should keep anyone from applying. 

On 10/16/2020 at 6:14 PM, chempansy said:

Oh, I’m not worried about that at all. I just got accepted to the program for the Dec 2020 cohort start date. I feel like I’m okay with this program and I know I’m going to be fine. They say you’re not technically in the “clinical” portion of the program until the second semester but as long as you pass all your courses and submit everything on time that first semester, you’ll be fine.

As far as I know, you have to do some kind of interview with counselors in the program before you get accepted into the clinical portion and it’s really just a “check in” to see what you think of the program, tell them how things have been going and allows them to get to know you better.  It’s not something I’m worried about and I don’t think it should keep anyone from applying. 

That's great, congrats!! I'm disappointed my advisor didn't even mention there was a December cohort. I started the application process back in April, but she told me all of 2020 was delayed. I was in touch with her periodically because it's still an option for me, and she never once mentioned it, or I would have jumped on getting the last couple things done (just need letters of rec and sending official test scores in). Good luck to you!