Confused-ABSN or direct entry MSN

  1. Hi All,
    I just registered with the website, but I have been reading different posts and learnt alot from y'all.
    I graduated with a non-nursing degree and currently going through a career change into the nursing field. I'm confused about whether ABSN or direct entry MSN is the best route for me. I'm definitely seeing myself advance in the nursing field in the future. If I take the direct entry MSN, will not having a BSN affect me? Anyone know the pros and cons of ABSN compared to direct entry MSN?

    Thanks guys.
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  3. by   0402
    Are you looking at direct entry MSNs where you come out as an RN or one where you finish as NP?
  4. by   anne2010
    I'd like to come out as an RN and gain years' worth of experience first.
  5. by   BCgradnurse
    I did a direct entry MSN and graduated with an RN (not a BSN) and an MSN. I'm certified and am working as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Going the direct entry MSN route was the right choice for me. I was more interested in the advanced practice role than I was in the bedside RN role. I did try to get a part time RN job once I passed NCLEX, but there were none to be had in my area. Interestingly, one year later, I had several offers for NP positions before I even graduated. The market for NPs was so much stronger than for RNs in my area, so I'm glad I went the direct entry route. So many of the BSN grads couldn't find jobs. My lack of RN experience did not seem to be an issue when interviewing for NP positions, and I don't think it's hindered my practice at all. However, it may be an issue in some parts of the country, or it may be that working as an RN is something you personally want to do. It's important to choose the program that will best meet your needs. Most direct entry programs grant both a BSN and a MSN (mine was in the minority), and some require work experience as an RN after you pass NCLEX and before you start NP clinicals. Go visit some schools in your area and see what they have to offer. As I said earlier, I'm happy I chose the direct entry MSN program. It suited my needs, but it may not be for everyone. Best of luck to you, regardless of which path you choose.
  6. by   anne2010
    Thanks a lot for your help. You have answered most questions I had, especially life after MSN. Am leaning towards the MSN route and will most probably pursue it.
  7. by   ayti
    Hi, I also need advice. I am thinking of applying to a direct entry MSN clinical nurse leader. The program allows you to write NCLEX exam to be RN, but you will not get BSN degree. I would like to be a nurse practitioner, should I just go for BSN or ADN program instead and then do MSN in nurse practitioner? since the MSN direct entry program will not help me reach my goal of being a Nurse practitioner? Any inputs, suggestions will be appreciated thank you.
  8. by   BCgradnurse

    Let me ask you this.....why would you do a MSN program to be a CNL if that's not what your goal is? You would then have to go back to school for additional training to be a nurse practitioner. I would advise researching direct entry programs that lead to certification as a Nurse Practitioner. The CNL role is completely different from that of an NP, and the CNL MSN prepares you for a different career path. Yes, you can do an ADN or BSN program and then apply to an MSN program, but you should compare that path to a direct entry MSN program for NP before you commit. Best of luck to you.
  9. by   ayti
    Thanks for your response bcgrad nurse. You are right about the direct MSN entry clinical nurse makes no sense for me to pursue it since my ultimate goal is to be an NP

    Upon research, the only direct entry MSN-NP program in my state is a private sch- emory university in atlanta. U get ur BSN in about 16mths then u go back for your MSN full time or part time. The issue I have is that it is very expensive! About $17000 a semester.

    And I also noticed most other programs out of state that offer direct entry MSN -NP programs are private schools that have expensive price tags too.

    So I am thinking to maybe go bsn/adn route at a public university and then go back and get MSN without breaking bank or what do you think?

    Btw has any one with a non nursing bachelors degree done ADN to MSN NP entry route without getting a BSN? Would u recommend it?

    All suggestions appreciated. Thank you!!
  10. by   BCgradnurse
    Yes, I had non-nursing degrees and do not have a BSN. It hasn't been a problem for me. You're right about most direct entry programs being at private schools. I went to an expensive private school for my program and took out a lot of loans. My saving grace is that I work at a community health center and I received loan repayment funding through the National Health Service Corps. That helped me pay off the majority of my debt.
  11. by   ayti
    Which sch did u go? What did you get your MSN in? Can u share how u were able to get repayment funding? How long do you have to work for the community center? Are there other places besides community center that you can work to get repayment funding? I am taking my prerequisites and trying to explore many options.
  12. by   BCgradnurse
    I went to Boston College and my certification is as a Family Nurse Practitioner. You can learn about the National Health Service Corps loan repayment program by googling NHSC loan repayment. The site will tell you what type of practices are elegible. Basically, you have to commit 2 years to a qualifying practice in an underserved area.