Any tips/advice before starting an (associate) accelerated nursing program?

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by Tam3321 Tam3321 Member

Hello,

I'm starting an accelerated program in a month, 6/1/2015. I'd love to hear any tips or advice of what I should do or not do before starting. The program is from June to March so it'll go from 0-100 real quick! I'm nervous and excited at the same time so any advice will be appreciated. Thanks!

caliotter3

38,333 Posts

This is the first I've heard of an accelerated ASN program. Please keep us up to date about how this turns out for you. And good luck!

NicuGal, MSN, RN

Specializes in NICU, PICU, PACU. Has 30 years experience. 2,743 Posts

I've never heard of one either. I'd be interested to hear how they handle theory and clinical in that short time.

OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience. 1 Article; 6,883 Posts

I have no advice but good luck! That's an incredibly short time frame, let us know how it goes.

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Tam3321

Tam3321

28 Posts

Thanks for the support! I'll try and post updates during the semester. The program is for people who already have a bachelor degrees. From what I heard, students meet for lecture once a week from 8-5. Clinicals are twice a week from 6-6. I'll find out for sure next week during orientation. Also, I think there is a lot of work that is put online for students to do throughout the program. Baccalaureate to Associate DegreeNurse Accelerated Pathway

OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience. 1 Article; 6,883 Posts

If you already have a bachelor's why not go into a ABSN program? Or did you choose that program because it was so short?

Tam3321

Tam3321

28 Posts

OrganizedChaos,

I was told not to work during an accelerated program so I wanted to find a program that was short and had a good pass rate on the NCLEX. The program that I'm going into meets both very well. The 2014 graduating class (217 total students) had a 89.40% NCLEX pass rate for first time takers. I do plan on going into a RN to BSN program once I become a RN. The programs that I found are a year for full time students. If all goes according to plan it'll take 2 to 3 years but I like being able to work as an RN while in the RN to BSN program.

NicuGal, MSN, RN

Specializes in NICU, PICU, PACU. Has 30 years experience. 2,743 Posts

Personally, I would do the BSN program, you will have a better chance of being hired into a bigger hospital system out of school. I work with several gis who worked and did the accelerated program.

Be be interested to see what you think. It seems like such a short time to get everything in.

Tam3321

Tam3321

28 Posts

I hear that BSN graduates are preferred, which makes sense. The program is broken up into 4 8-week semesters, with breaks in between. Honestly, I really want to get the NCLEX under my belt as soon as possible. Since I don't have any health care experience, it'd probably be best if I didn't work. My bachelor's degree is in Finance so it's completely unrelated.

I'm turning my two weeks in at work this Friday :) Feels like I've been waiting in line forever to get on this roller-coaster and my turn is almost up!

strive2Bbetter

strive2Bbetter

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I graduated from an accelerated nursing program. it was hard core and fast paced. I started out in the summer and tbh I cried almost every single day until that semester was over... when I look back, I was fine all along. you can do it. I do recommend getting into a bsn program as soon as you can. I'm still looking for a bsn program that would fit my schedule. but you will be fine.

Mavrick, BSN, RN

Specializes in 15 years in ICU, 22 years in PACU. Has 30 years experience. 1,578 Posts

So now we're cranking out an RN with zero healthcare experience in under 10 months.

Tam3321

Tam3321

28 Posts

Strive2Bbetter,

What about the first semester that made it so bad? Glad you made it through! I plan on applying to a BSN program once I pass the NCLEX. Was it difficult for you to find a job once you graduated?