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Associate degree of nursing with Bachelor degree in another fileld

If I get an Associate Degree of nursing with Bachelor Degree in another field. Can I apply for MSN becoming an NP? If yes, how long do I need to complete the MSN study part-time? Are there such programs designed for RNs (Associate Degree) holding Bachelor degree in another field?

Thanks for your input!

mom2michael, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in Rural Health.

Yes there are several schools out there, you just have to look for alternative entry options for ADN-RN's with Bachelor Degrees in another area other than nursing.

That's exactly what I am about to do. I had to take a Physical Assessment class and Statistics as my "pre reqs" to my MSN program. I took those, submitted a portfolio that outlined my experience and my previous education.

I hope to start a FNP program in March 2009. I will be attending part time and I should be done in 3 years. The program is all online with the exceptions of a couple of trips to Kentucky and then of course my clinical experience will be done within my community.

http://www.frontierschool.edu

Good luck!!!

Yes there are several schools out there, you just have to look for alternative entry options for ADN-RN's with Bachelor Degrees in another area other than nursing.

That's exactly what I am about to do. I had to take a Physical Assessment class and Statistics as my "pre reqs" to my MSN program. I took those, submitted a portfolio that outlined my experience and my previous education.

I hope to start a FNP program in March 2009. I will be attending part time and I should be done in 3 years. The program is all online with the exceptions of a couple of trips to Kentucky and then of course my clinical experience will be done within my community.

www.frontierschool.edu

Good luck!!!

Thanks for your reply!

How do you arrange your clinical classes in your community? Do you have to contact the hospital yourself? Is it easy to find one to let you do your clinical?

Thanks again.

mom2michael, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in Rural Health.

The students arrange their own clinical experience. Contracts are required to be in place before the student begins their clinical experience and it is up to the student to ensure that happens. You attend "clinical bound" sometime around the end of your 2nd year (for a part time student) and you have to have the contracts in place about 5-6 months BEFORE clinical bound. So basically you have to start this ball rolling at the very beginning.

Each student can have up to 3 clinical sites within the community. Because I will do a FNP program a majority of my clinical experience will have to be with a FNP, however, because of the some of the required experience I have to achieve, I might be able to a do a very small portion with a MD/DO.

So yes, I am responsible for making all my own contacts. The school will help me somewhat (they'll tell me if a contract is already in place with that provider) but the leg work, the contacts and the clinical placement is pretty much my responsibility.

I've not had any problem with finding my clinical sites but I also have worked with most of the doctors and FNP in my area too so that has helped out tons.

Frontier is a distance based program and so 99.9% of the information is located on the website. TONS of info there and TONS of reading..... :) They are also very good at answering your questions if you need anymore help.

Good luck!!!

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