Are all accelerated BSN programs the same?

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It seems like the BSN programs I've read about are tremendously competitive, you need A's in all the pre-reqs, outstanding letters of recommendation, etc.. Are all of the programs similarly competitive or are some much easier to get into?

What is the advantage to these competitive schools? Just a lower student to teacher ratio? Location?

Tolstoym1

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Hi Ted,

It depends on what state you are looking.

If you are looking for schools in NJ, then I may be of some help.

Tolstoym1

Ted D

183 Posts

Hi Ted,

It depends on what state you are looking.

If you are looking for schools in NJ, then I may be of some help.

Tolstoym1

That would be great if you have any info on programs in NJ. That's actually a place I am considering.

Specializes in Family practice.

I am in an online BS to BSN through UW-Oshkosh in Wisconsin. It is great and one year. I did not find it that competitive but it is $34,500 for the year. All class work is online and clinicals are in your home town. I am in my third month and I am learning a lot. Fast paced and we are not allowed to work while in the program, but is so worth it!

http://www.uwosh.edu/con/

Take a look!

Ted D

183 Posts

I am in an online BS to BSN through UW-Oshkosh in Wisconsin. It is great and one year. I did not find it that competitive but it is $34,500 for the year. All class work is online and clinicals are in your home town. I am in my third month and I am learning a lot. Fast paced and we are not allowed to work while in the program, but is so worth it!

http://www.uwosh.edu/con/

Take a look!

Wow, could you tell me a bit what that's like? Are you basically in a virtual class on the computer all day long? How are clinicals arranged in your hometown if you don't live in WI?

Specializes in Family practice.

Ya, it is awesome. We have all course work through an online discussion module. Classes are between two to three weeks long. But it is one class at a time. It is a lot of reading about 60 - 100 pages a day, but some classes are easier than others. We do have what is called "Second Life" where we go in and do health examinations in this second life video game type world. We do group work using it. So it is like we are in a group but really in a video game. We got a lap top and iPod touch free (well included in tuition) and we are required to use the lap top because it helps with the second life stuff. It is a looooooooooooot of reading but I am learning so much! It is great. I get a BSN in one year. We shall see if I pass the NCLEX, but all the other cohorts have had a 90% or higher pass rate. They do an online interview and then a phone interview. I did not find it that competitive as long as you have descent grades and CNA experience.

They arrange with a hospital in your hometown your clinicals. My cohort has a guy from Hawaii in it with us! It is strange to see him posting things at like 1:00 am our time. We are not chatting with each other all day. It is reading and posting discussion responses to help learn the info.

Ted D

183 Posts

Ya, it is awesome. We have all course work through an online discussion module. Classes are between two to three weeks long. But it is one class at a time. It is a lot of reading about 60 - 100 pages a day, but some classes are easier than others. We do have what is called "Second Life" where we go in and do health examinations in this second life video game type world. We do group work using it. So it is like we are in a group but really in a video game. We got a lap top and iPod touch free (well included in tuition) and we are required to use the lap top because it helps with the second life stuff. It is a looooooooooooot of reading but I am learning so much! It is great. I get a BSN in one year. We shall see if I pass the NCLEX, but all the other cohorts have had a 90% or higher pass rate. They do an online interview and then a phone interview. I did not find it that competitive as long as you have descent grades and CNA experience.

They arrange with a hospital in your hometown your clinicals. My cohort has a guy from Hawaii in it with us! It is strange to see him posting things at like 1:00 am our time. We are not chatting with each other all day. It is reading and posting discussion responses to help learn the info.

That sounds real interesting. Is it Mon-Fri, 8 hours each day pretty much?

Is Organic Chem a pre-req for the program?

Specializes in Family practice.

Nope organic chem is not a prereq. On the website they have all the prereqs that are needed. Which I did not think were that bad.

As for the time that you have to put into it. The assignments are just during the week, along with the exams, so you do have the weekends and nights off, but I use them to catch up on some reading and get organized, but I do find that I am not busy all of the time. So I guess you could call it 8 hours a day. The only assigned times are when you have to take an exam. I have an exam today and it is 1 1/2 hours long, but I have to take it between 12 pm - 4 pm central time. So there is flexability.

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