Published Jun 23, 2020
So I have been accepted into an ASN program and I interview for an accelerated BSN program this fall. The BSN program seems like the obvious choice to me but I have some concerns. I have 2 kids (ages 11 months and 3 years) and my husband will be deployed for 12 months starting this October. Can anyone please give me so honest opinions of the possibility of me being able to complete an accelerated BSN program in my current situation? I'm not from my current city so I have no family and not much support so my babies would be in daycare a lot too...How many days a week is a typical BSN program?
Would the ASN program be a more reasonable route for me to go?? Please help!! I have to have my decision by the 29th and I'm tormented.
whalestales, ASN, RN
I think this really depends on your program.
My local ASN has an online option in which you only go to campus for lab/clinical and exams. 12 hours one day a week or two 6 hour days unless there is a test.
My local ABSN is 5 days a week for 16 hour days. (No I'm not kidding)
but my friend did an ABSN in another state structured more like my local ASN and it was more manageable for her
Former military here.
just my 2 cents, but your kids are already going to be without their father at formative ages. Don’t let them have no mother either. Go with the asn of the schedule is better.
^^^ this. I hear the fail rate of the ABSN is very high. I still don't understand why they don't do an accelerated ADN for people that already have bachelor's degrees! With 2 little kids, I think you should really consider if it's worth the financial risk of a four year school when you could more easily manage an ADN with community college pricing. Also, to have some time with your kids that isn't "obligatory" and involving you being (already) exhausted. There's something to be said about cherishing memories as cheesy as it sounds LOL
Thank you all so much! Just a little update- I decided to go with the ASN and save my sanity and to try to keep a better balance, I don't want to miss out on their lives more than I must so I really think it was the best option. Not feeling any regrets!
On 7/13/2020 at 2:26 PM, jsimp89 said:Thank you all so much! Just a little update- I decided to go with the ASN and save my sanity and to try to keep a better balance, I don't want to miss out on their lives more than I must so I really think it was the best option. Not feeling any regrets!
Hi congratulations on getting accepted. Can you guide me through on which school you are attending and also the accelerated BSN school so I can apply. Thanks
Accelerated BSN 100%. They are slowly making it so that hospitals require a BSN instead of just an RN. Your kids may be in daycare a lot but it will be worth it in the end because you will be more able to support them in the future. Hope this helps!
I know this is an old thread but approximately how long did it take to get accepted
I attended an accelerated BSN program back in '94 at Regis University in Denver. I already had a B.A. from another school, so took the prerequisites at a community college, then was accepted fairly quickly into the accelerated BSN program. No Regrets. As mentioned above, a BSN does tend to carry more weight but there are Many places that accept associate degrees. Also, when I was attending, it was definitely a full-time program, as in Monday through Friday, 8am to 5 pm for 16 months. I didn't have children or a side job at the time, although some of the students did manage to fit in evening or weekend gigs, they tended to struggle with the courses a bit more. It sounds like you made the best choice for your particular situation and best wishes to you going forward!
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