BSN First? Or Bridge?

  1. My goal with nursing is to ultimately become a midwife. I have wanted to be a midwife since I was 15. I am originally from Canada where midwifery is different than in the US (but more on par with CNM than CPM, but nursing education is not part of midwifery in Canada). After moving to the US and examining the different pathways, I have opted for CNM, but have also developed an interest in nursing itself.

    I am on track for my community college's nursing program which recently received their ACEN accreditation. This means I would be able to do the bridge program at Frontier after I get some nursing experience.

    My question is, do employers of CNMs prefer if you received a BSN before getting an MSN? Would it be smarter to get a BSN first vs going through a bridging program?
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  3. by   klone
    Employers generally don't care, but as someone who did the bridge program at Frontier (withdrew in the 3rd term), I strongly recommend you just get the BSN and then apply. The bridge program is as expensive as online BSN programs, and if your goals should change, or you have to take some time off from schooling, or life gets in the way, it would be a shame to spend all that money, and all that time, and not have a degree to show for it.