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Average cost of Second Degree BSN?

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by RunawayN RunawayN (New Member) New Member

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Hello

Does anybody know the average cost of obtaining a BSN?

Thanks

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BellsRNBSN has 2 years experience.

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Almost every accelerated post-baccalaureate nursing program I found (in California anyway) cost around $30,000. The length of each program varied anywhere between 12 months to 2.5 years, but they all cost about $30,000 total. :nurse:

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I've just started looking but Johns Hopkins says on their website that their ABSN is $62k. I'd look at the schools you are interested in to see the cost and contact them. State schools will generally be much cheaper than private schools.

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Look up the One Stops online website for your state. That's the Unemployment Office. Look for their WIA/TAA provider list that should be online, and see if the school that has the program is on the approved Training Provided list. The data for each program on the list should include a total cost, and an average wage quarterly or hourly for grads, and maybe a % placement rate (how many found employment.)

Second-degree BSRN programs should be on there, because lots of college grads are displaced workers now from businesses and factories shutting down, and hospitals laying off. That list is usually a quick way to find the most-affordable programs. If you are on a state border, also check the training provider list for the nearby state(s).

(WIA is workforce Investment Act and most laid-off people can tap that money if there is any money in the pool, and it dwindles at certain times if the year and then is refilled. TAA is for workers whose jobs and/or employers were totally eliminated due to foreign competition. If you are not laid off, then those monies are not available for you, but...) *

* But, the expensive private schools might be hurting for students and might make a deal to say, reduce the total cost of the program to $26,000 for TAA people. (In PA, $26,000 is the maximum you can get for retraining if you are TAA-eligible.) Now, if you know what the cap is on TAA training money for your state, and your local One Stop TAA counselor can tell you what it is, perhaps you can get a private school to agree to let you do their degree program for say, $26k as a cash-paying student. If they have seats available and they don't have enough students to fill them, they might agree to it. These days, it doesn't hurt to ask for a discount. State schools won't, but private schools can make their own exceptions and financial aid packages and cost adjustments. If you see a high-priced private school on the TAA (TAA, not WIA) approved training provider list, then they have most likely agreed to take at least one student at a heavily discounted rate. I just threw that out as food for thought. If you have your own funding, you might be able to negotiate a tuition deal with a private school that is hurting for students. The way the economy and the school loan situation and grant dry-uo is going, more schools might be taking a big hit in enrollment. In the Great Depression of the '30s, colleges closed and some never reopened. Might happen again. Income from their investment portfolios is down, too. 100% of $26k might look better than 100% of $0.00.

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Bubbamell has 14 years experience and works as a Registered Nurse.

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If you are working in a hospital they will pay for it if you commit to one year with them usually. Good way to save $.

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NP Sam works as a Peds NP in ENT.

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My tuition and fees for this fall= 2990.00 and this is an absn program. I know generally they are expensive but obviously not all of them. My school is in Florida by the way.

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HouTx has 35 years experience and works as a Manager, eLearning & Clinical Development.

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Point of clarification - most hospitals have curtailed their tuition reimbursement programs. Some have completely eliminated them as an effort to cut costs and still maintain patient care quality. Even for those organizations that continue to support tuition reimbursement, it usually tops off at

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Wow, this information has been extremely helpful. Thank you everybody :)

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hiddencatRN works as a Registered Nurse.

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Tuition for my program was about 37K, not including living expenses, books or supplies or insurance.

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chorkle works as a Perpetual Student.

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And perhaps another subset of financing possibilities is to look at [hospitals which do tuition reimbursement] which are part of a chain--including for-profit groups.

Things may have changed where I was; certainly lots of little extras disappeared; but the hospital was loosely (it appeared) tied into the local CC nursing program. The CC routinely said it had 4 applicants per seat available. You could apply to the CC, specifiying the hospital--where you were a a FT employee, of course. Then, if you got accepted--seemed to require acceptance by both the CC and the hospital (it was a little more complicated)--the hospital said it would pay for everything during your 2-year nursing program. (Two-year employment commitment required.) I never heard, but I expect the competition for those slots was fierce.

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If you can go the public route, it would be cheaper. I've looked at 4 diff public programs in my city (Houston), and each BSN nursing program cost has ranged from $14-16k.

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I am applying to 4 accelerated BSN programs for Summer 2011, average is 25k but can be as high as 45k (and higher for other schools).

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