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BSN or MSN

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by dognbutrfly dognbutrfly (New) New

dognbutrfly has 16 years experience and specializes in Critical Care, Trauma, Hemodialysis.

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I am getting ready to start at WGU. I have my interview next week. I'm also waiting to see what credits will transfer from previous schools I attended. I am now having difficulty deciding whether to go RN-BSN or RN-MSN.

I'm interested in hearing from those who have completed the RN-MSN program and how long it took to complete. I want to finish with my MSN in nursing education. My fear is this program taking forever to finish.

I understand there is a waiting period if I do the BSN track and then want to start the MSN track. So many questions. My husband says to go all out and just do RN-MSN. Anyone out there with advice on what is the wisest option?

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TheCommuter has 14 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

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I selected the RN-to-BSN track because, as much as I'm enjoying WGU, I prefer to complete my MSN degree through a school that offers specialty tracks other than the garden variety nursing leadership and nursing education specializations.

I plan to enroll in schools that offer the MSN with specialty tracks in either case management, clinical nurse leader, or utilization review.

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From what I researched, WGU's MSN program didn't seem like a good pathway to an advanced degree with a clinical focus. That, and I didn't feel comfortable committing to the full MSN program before I saw how I handled the BSN coursework. At the time I started, switching to the MSN track later was not a problem, and I was told that the BSN would not awarded until after the full MSN program was completed (this seems to have changed since then), so just starting with BSN seemed prudent.

Financial aid availability was another consideration as well.

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