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i am on the fence as to which program to apply to -- the advanced adn option (because of the pace), or the acc'd program. are you a parent? if so, how do you manage? if not, are other parents in the program managing well with kiddies?
i actually have a meeting with the admissions dept to go over my transcripts this week. we'll see if i have a better idea of which direction i want to go in....
also, how many people were admitted into your class? where else did you apply?
There are basically three different programs - Associated degree in nursing (ADN), Traditional BSN and Accelerated BSN. You need to have a prior Bachelor's degree for the Accel BSN program and minimum of 3.0 GPA. The ADN program provides the most flexibility because it is offered as a weekend or evening course. The time of completion will vary, but I think it's around 2-3 years for ADN and 3-4 years for traditional BSN. Also, it is much easier to get into the ADN and traditional BSN programs. All these programs will allow you to sit for the NCLEX and become a RN. When you're starting off it doesn't matter if you're an ADN-RN or BSN-RN or MECN (master's level) RN. You're all RNs and you will all earn the same wage. However, if you want to move up the nursing career you definitely need a BSN or MSN. Also, if you want to apply to graduate school you will need a BSN. As for me, I'm interested in moving further into the nursing profession, perhaps go into management or graduate school in CRNA (Nurse Anesthetist) or CNS (clinical nurse specialist). Also, I'm interested in teaching. For all this, you need a minimum of BSN and possibly MSN.
MSMC accelerated program was my first choice. I applied to UCLA and CSULB; however, after assessing my career goals, it didn't make sense to spend two years getting a master's degree which didn't lead to anything. The MECN program is a master's level program, but has no advance practice focus and you don't get paid more for having a master's degree!)You're just another bedside nurse, but with a Master's degree. I'm interested in becoming a CRNA, which would require me to go back to school for a Master's program. I would basically have to redo the master's program again.
Anyway, there are 63 students in my program. One dropped out last week. She felt the pace was too intense. Hopefully, nobody else will drop out. The pace is fast and intense, but it's doable. Although they don't recommend that you work, but there are several students who are going to school and working part time. Also, there are several with kids - include me in this. I am married with two kids - toddler and an infant! There are several of us in the same situations. You need to have a strong support system. My schedule starts at 5:30 AM and get done around 4 PM (this time will vary depending on commute time). This does not include study time. When I get home I'm pretty much doing family stuff from 4 - about 9 PM. As soon as the kids are in bed, I work on my school stuff. You just have to keep reminding yourself and your spouse that it's over in 12 months...well now 10 months! The subject matter is not that difficult; however, since we compress 15 weeks into 7 weeks, midterms and assignments come up very quick. We had our first midterm after a week of class. Also, unlike my days at UCLA as an undegrad, everyone here is very helpful - no qualms about sharing notes.
Anyway, I hope I was able to answer your questions. Let me know if you have anymore....I have one more final and I will have official completed my first semester.....10 months to go!