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by Ennis08 Ennis08 (New) New

I am very interested in becoming a RN and I have been looking at school. I have seen some school that offer an accelerated program, for example 15 month program for a BSN. Are these program a good idea? I really like the idea of these kinds of program but I worry about the spend of the programs and the quality. Any Advice? Thanks

ktliz

Specializes in critical care.

I'm assuming you already have a bachelor's degree because it is required for the accelerated BSN programs. If your goal is just to be an RN, then yes, the accelerated BSN is going to be the pricier option. You could go to a much cheaper associate or diploma school. I don't think accelerated programs tend to be more expensive than regular BSN programs, though... just the same amount of tuition compressed into a shorter time period.

iPink, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, Postpartum. Has 8 years experience.

I'm in an accelerated BSN program. As previous poster stated, you must have at least a 4-year non-nursing degree to qualify for these programs. Most of these programs want you to have a minimum of 3.0 GPA. My program is 15 grueling months long. However, I chose this path (despite it being more expensive than ADN programs), because I save myself about a year if I had gone the ADN route.

Here's a link of ABSN programs state-by-state: Accelerated BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) Programs

etaoinshrdluRN

Specializes in LTC, OB, psych. Has 2 years experience.

I'm going for accelerated BSN for versatility reasons, but I am also glad to have gone the ADN route; it is a fast-paced, intensive and very practical route to the RN. If anything was lacking with the ADN, it would have been management theory, but I picked that up fast over 20 months of managing some very rambunctious unlicensed personel.

I did an accelerated program and graduated in 2003. I had a BS in Health Science. And like mentioned these programs are for individuals with a bachelors in a non-nursing field. There are, however pre-requisites that they will all have. Depending on what your first degree is in you may need all, some or none of these. I lucked out and needed none as I had them all for my first degree. Here they are--if I can remember right lol--Psychology,sociology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition and I think statistics. So this may or may not add to your time to figure in. I chose the ABSN because it seemed like for me it made more sense to go for 1 year and have a BSN as oppose to go for 2 years and have a ASN--for me stepping backwards already having a BS. Also I want to continue on for a MSN or Masters in Mental Health Counseling so....another reason I wanted a BSN.

Good luck to you.--Oh and I graduated from University of Rochester in Rochester NY so if you have questions I am happy to help.

I am currently enrolled evil evil 15 month accelerated BSN progarm and the University of Missouri St-Louis. The program is primarly for students whom already have a Bachelors but they also accept what they call "exceptional" transfer students. (Basicallly people with an excellent GPA and the required prereqs) I went to a community college for 2 years for the prereqs and ended up grabbing an assoc while I was there.

My program is about 25% transfer students

I'm assuming you already have a bachelor's degree because it is required for the accelerated BSN programs. If your goal is just to be an RN, then yes, the accelerated BSN is going to be the pricier option. You could go to a much cheaper associate or diploma school. I don't think accelerated programs tend to be more expensive than regular BSN programs, though... just the same amount of tuition compressed into a shorter time period.

The tuition for my accelerated program was only slightly more than the tuition for a year of their regular program, so it actually ended up being cheaper than the traditional BSN at that school by quite a bit. My local ADN program would have been much, much cheaper, but the local diploma program would have worked out to the same price but taken 3 years versus 11 months.

I did an accelerated program and graduated in 2003. I had a BS in Health Science. And like mentioned these programs are for individuals with a bachelors in a non-nursing field. There are, however pre-requisites that they will all have. Depending on what your first degree is in you may need all, some or none of these. I lucked out and needed none as I had them all for my first degree. Here they are--if I can remember right lol--Psychology,sociology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition and I think statistics. So this may or may not add to your time to figure in. I chose the ABSN because it seemed like for me it made more sense to go for 1 year and have a BSN as oppose to go for 2 years and have a ASN--for me stepping backwards already having a BS. Also I want to continue on for a MSN or Masters in Mental Health Counseling so....another reason I wanted a BSN.

Good luck to you.--Oh and I graduated from University of Rochester in Rochester NY so if you have questions I am happy to help.

I am planning to apply to the University of Rochester Direct AMPNN program for Fall 2011. How did you like the school and the program that you were in? I have a bachelors in Public Health and a 3.0 GPA, I really hope I have a chance to get in somewhere! Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

I am planning to apply to the University of Rochester Direct AMPNN program for Fall 2011. How did you like the school and the program that you were in? I have a bachelors in Public Health and a 3.0 GPA, I really hope I have a chance to get in somewhere! Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

In my case, the college looked much more closely at the prerequisites I had taken in the previous few months than they did at my first Bachelor's courses from years back. My first Bachelors GPA is 3.2. My prerequisites GPA is 4.0. I was accepted and I graduated this year.

Your best bet is to speak directly with those in the know at your prospective school to see how they score the game.

I'm in an accelerated BSN program. It takes 36 months to finish, and didn't require any pre-reqs to be accepted ( the first year of school takes care of all the pre-reqs required ) It is very expensive, but after being at community college for over a year I realized it was worth it to spend the extra money...because as we all know, time is money.

I'm in an accelerated BSN program. It takes 36 months to finish, and didn't require any pre-reqs to be accepted ( the first year of school takes care of all the pre-reqs required ) It is very expensive, but after being at community college for over a year I realized it was worth it to spend the extra money...because as we all know, time is money.

What accelerated program are you attending and can you have already taken some or all of your pre-reqs to get into the BSN program? You can PM. :)

That is really helpful, I appreciate your response and will definitely take your advice!

In my case, the college looked much more closely at the prerequisites I had taken in the previous few months than they did at my first Bachelor's courses from years back. My first Bachelors GPA is 3.2. My prerequisites GPA is 4.0. I was accepted and I graduated this year.

Your best bet is to speak directly with those in the know at your prospective school to see how they score the game.

That is really helpful, I appreciate your response and will definitely take your advice!

I am planning to apply to the University of Rochester Direct AMPNN program for Fall 2011. How did you like the school and the program that you were in? I have a bachelors in Public Health and a 3.0 GPA, I really hope I have a chance to get in somewhere! Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

I will be starting the AMPNN (Psych/Mental Health) @ Rochester in January 2011! I went to Rochester as an undergraduate and loved loved loved my experience. The campus is gorgeous and most of the professors are great teachers (not just research droids that hate the fact they have to teach for their tenured faculty positions). The only bad things about the school is the winter weather and ridiculous cost of attendence (+$77K for the first year). Anyway, I am extremely happy to be going back to campus.

Background: BA - Health and Society (@Rochester w/ 3.1 GPA overall and 3.59 in Pre-req courses), 8 years of HR experience - Counseling, Employee Development, and E/L Relations @ Fortune 500 companies. I also have hospice care experience. Hope to see some of you guy on campus at some point in time!

Also HugaNurse87, what do you plan to specialize in?

Hi, thank you so much for your response. That sounds great and I'm happy to hear that you enjoy the school. The intense winters are scaring me but being from Boston I should be able to handle it, right?!

I'm on the fence between FNP/ANP but I'm leaning more toward FNP, I've been exploring the options and that one seems to be the best fit for me.

ok, the only difference between Boston and Rochester is the aamount of snow! Rochester gets clobbered by tons of snow usually. So bring good boots and heavy duty snow tires! lol

ok, the only difference between Boston and Rochester is the aamount of snow! Rochester gets clobbered by tons of snow usually. So bring good boots and heavy duty snow tires! lol

That's terrifying!