ASU Post-bacc BSN vs. MEPN


Hi! I am trying to decide between applying to the post-bacc BSN program at ASU and the MEPN program at U of A. I will probably end up applying to both, but I'm wondering if there are any big pro's or con's for either one? I'm leaning toward ASU since I could finish it sooner, but are there any good reasons to spend the extra time getting the MEPN? Thanks for any advice! :)


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I had this same predicament last year. I ended up going with the post-bacc program at ASU for a number of reasons. The first reason was that it was faster. The U of A program started in May and the post-bacc in January. In addition, the MEPN program was longer, extending my graduation date even more. Also, I am sure you are aware of this, but the MEPN program does not give you an MSN. It is a master entry-level nursing program, and thus has nothing to do with an MSN (which many people I talked to found very confusing). Anyway, I eventually want to go on to further my education. And when I was looking at graduate programs, they wanted BSN or MSN degrees as requirements for entrance. While I'm sure you could petition the MEPN degree being equivalent or better than a BSN, I just didn't want that confusion or that extra work if I applied out of state. A pro for the MEPN program though may be that you could get grants for a masters program because you cannot get grants with a second Bachelors degree. I can't remember which program was cheaper though.

I am in the post-bacc program now, and while it is one of the hardest things I have ever done, I don't regret picking this program. I will be a nurse in 11 months, and I will have the tools I need to be a safe and a knowledgeable nurse come December. Yes, I still have a long way to go after the program ends as most new grad nurses do, but I feel like ASU has prepared me well. It also has a great reputation in the nursing community.

I don't think you can go wrong either way as they are both great schools, but that was my train of thought when deciding.


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Thanks so much for the thoughtful advice! I was also feeling unsure about getting a degree that requires an explanation on resumes, grad school applications, etc. (especially if I go out of state). It's great to hear that you're happy with the ASU program. I will probably go that route as well. Best of luck with your studies!


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Can you share with me how was your application looked like? I am currently working pre-req classes to apply ASU post-bacc.