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by TiffaniRN TiffaniRN (New) New

Specializes in OB/GYN, NURSERY.

Hello everyone,

I have been doing a lot of research lately on furthering my education. I have looked into med school, PA school and NP schools-campus and online programs (NP or CNM was my original goal when I started nursing school). I currently am an RN-BSN with only 2 years experience, mainly OB. I saw that the University of Utah has proposed a BSN-DNP to launch Fall 2008. I was just wondering everyone's feedback on this future program because it is something I would be very interested in. They are accepting applications now so should I apply with only 2 years experience and feel confident that I will receive the proper education to become an NP with minimal RN experience? Do any other colleges offer a BSN-DNP program?


How demanding is a program like this (aside from the obvious). I guess I am wondering if I can do it with a family and two small girls. I have very strong study skills and graduated at the top of my class (ADN and BSN). Any advice would be great!

Here is the website for the program:


Hi .. I can't answer alot of your questions but I am in a BSN -> PhD program and it is extremely demanding and time consuming. If your end goal is to be an advanced practitioner then you have probably found a decent route to get there!

Also, in my opinion--2 years is enough experience. If I were going to do CNM I would only work in a labor unit and hopefully one that employs CNMs.

I worked w/ CNM students and they had to do overnight shifts and lots of clinical hours. It was tough but I think most of the advanced practice degrees are very intensive.

good luck w/ your decision. The school will be anxious to talk with potential candidates--go to talk w/ the dean and maybe you will be able to get a better idea of what you can expect and if you really want to go there. I feel strongly that you need to feel comfortable at the school and with the faculty.


Specializes in OB/GYN, NURSERY.

Thanks for your advice. Its nice to hear that you think 2 years is enough experience. I graduated from my BSN at this University so I am already really comfortable at the school and faculty. In fact, one of my former professors is encouraging me to apply. It is something I am still looking into and if I don't do it right away, I know it is something I will do in the future. Best of luck to you and your PhD program!

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