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Applying to Azuza ELM Program. Any advice?

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Future MSN has 1 years experience and specializes in Public Health Science.

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I am applying to a direct entry program offered at Azuza. Does anyone have any advice about what the program is like? Do graduates immediately start working as nurse practitioners or are there other requirements? 

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PollywogNP has 43 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, LPN, NP and specializes in Med-Surg/Tele/ER/Urgent Care.

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I am not sure if you understand the different nursing programs. Your profile says BSN in Health Science, but other posts you say you are taking pre-req courses. It sounds like you are not a nurse yet? You are applying to a couple of direct entry a Masters programs which are for people with a non nursing Bachelors degree to become a registered nurses. It sounds like you have a bachelors degree in health science? And you want to become a nurse practitioner? Please clarify so we can better guide you.

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14 hours ago, PollywogNP said:

I am not sure if you understand the different nursing programs. Your profile says BSN in Health Science, but other posts you say you are taking pre-req courses. It sounds like you are not a nurse yet? You are applying to a couple of direct entry a Masters programs which are for people with a non nursing Bachelors degree to become a registered nurses. It sounds like you have a bachelors degree in health science? And you want to become a nurse practitioner? Please clarify so we can better guide you.

I've seen a few of your posts as well and noticed you have BSN and the Nurse badge beside your name.  BSN on this website indicates you have a BS degree in Nursing.  The Nurse badge indicates you are a current nurse.  If this is not the case, then it needs to be corrected.

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Future MSN has 1 years experience and specializes in Public Health Science.

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I apologize about that. Allnurses did not have an option to just put bachelors which is why I selected BSN. However, I do not have a nursing degree, I have a bachelors of science in Public Health Science and will be applying to a direct entry program designed for applicants like myself that are getting a masters degree in nursing.  I figured out how to remove BSN from my credentials. I apologize for the confusion.

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PollywogNP has 43 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, LPN, NP and specializes in Med-Surg/Tele/ER/Urgent Care.

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Well it’s quite expensive, and intense but not unusual for accelerated or entry into nursing Masters program. Looking at the courses/semesters, it looks like a residency is required to prepare for NCLEX, then continue on for nurse practitioner courses.  Good variety of NP programs to select for specializing.  They even have clinical nurse nurse specialist which FYI about 20+ states do not recognize as advanced practice nurses. Have you considered ABSN?

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Future MSN has 1 years experience and specializes in Public Health Science.

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I haven't considered an accelerated ABSN because I am already 34 years old and I feel like I should be more advanced in a career by now. I already have a bachelor's which focused on science. I also took a lot of pre-requisite courses to apply to medical school. I feel like I have already wasted too much time and don't want to do a ABSN to later to another 2-3 years to do practice as a nurse practitioner. I have a strong science background and I know the end goal which is to practice as a midlevel provider diagnosing and treating disease. I feel I will get the closeness I want with patients without being in school for another 7 years. Anything I am not trained to treat I will refer out.   

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PollywogNP has 43 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, LPN, NP and specializes in Med-Surg/Tele/ER/Urgent Care.

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All Direct Entry Masters programs the first 2+years are “pre licensure” then you take the NCLEX to get the RN license. Then the next 2 years are towards the Nurse Practitioner courses, Asuza lists 44+ credits for the Nurse Practitioner courses depending on which specialty you pick. You’re looking at about 5 years so don’t rule out ABSN then NP. To spend 80-100k for NP degree is mind boggling to me. And lastly, the term “mid level” is highly disliked by most NPs.

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Future MSN has 1 years experience and specializes in Public Health Science.

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I apologize. I was not aware. I hold nurse practitioners in high regard. I am very glad their roles have been expanding and I think they are making it possible for more patients to have access to care.  

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