Can this be possible? your thoughts.

Nursing Students Western Governors


Hello Guys,

I have a Bachelors Degree in Public Health along with an ASN/ADN; have been working as an RN for two years. I will try and start the RN to BSN in a month or two and will try to finish it in one term. The reason I am trying to do this is to be able and apply to MSN/FNP programs that will start in the summer 2015.

Do you guys think its feasible for someone with a college degree already to be able and finish the RN to BSN in one term?

Thanks in advance

Specializes in Outpatient/Clinic, ClinDoc.

Sure, I did, and I only had an AA prior to the program. However, it's not guaranteed and will require a lot of dedication. I tried to finish about a class a week (but I had 50CU to do - you will probably have fewer). If you end up in the low 30's and have plenty of time to dedicate it can be done.

As you already have one baccalaureate degree, have you thought about an RN to MSN program?

RN to MSN Degree Programs by State

RN to MSN / Masters in Nursing Programs

Regardless of which route you choose, good luck with your future education.

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia.

I did it in one term working full time. I had an AAS in Nursing and a BS in Liberal Arts with a Biology focus and Psych minor.

It really depends on what your transcript evaluation shows.

Keep in mind that it will take some time after you apply before you can actually start - I would plan to apply 3 months before you want to start (so apply today if you want to get through by Summer 2015! And order transcripts today too!). You can always put off your start date a month if you get in earlier than you want, but you don't want to get unexpectedly hit with delays if you're on a time limit. Ask your admission person for a written (well, email) list of everything needed when applying - I almost ended up being stuck with a month later start date because mine didn't bother to tell me until the last minute that I needed to send a resume - literally a 2 minute fix.

People who are motivated and have the time can get done in a semester (even with lots of units to do, as featherzRN proves) - people post about finishing in under 6 months fairly regularly on facebook. But I'd say there's more people who start out hoping to finish in a semester and end up taking 2 or 3 because it's more work than anticipated or life gets in the way. If you do end up taking more than a semester, you still get your degree as soon as you finish - you don't have to wait until the end of the semester.

Don't tell your admission counselor or student mentor (at least at the start) that you plan to get through in a semester, because they may try to discourage you - just power through the first 12 units ASAP and prove that you can do it and are serious. If you feel like your student mentor is holding you back, request a different one. Try to get in C228 (the new community health class) as soon as possible (in the first 12 units or as the first class you take after that), as you can't start the practicum until after you do it, and they won't open a class if they don't think there's enough time left in the semester.

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