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Direct Entry MSN: Advice

J41096 J41096 (New) New

Hello Everyone!

I am soon applying to schools in Boston and would like some advice. I want to become a FNP, but I am nervous that I will not get into a program. I keep switching between applying to an ABSN first, work as an RN, and later get my MSN... but on the other hand i would love to get into a direct entry MSN program since its a more direct path to what I want to do in the long run. I am a biology major, have a 3.97 major GPA and a 3.76 overall gpa. I am very involved around campus, including being part of a dance team, I am an anatomy and physiology/biology tutor, and recently got a great job at the marine biological lab. My prerequisite GPA is around a 3.85. I have no patient hours which makes me nervous!

Overall, do you think its worth it to get my BSN first, then get my MSN later? And is getting into a direct entry MSN program harder to get into than an ABSN program? Lots of questions! Would love to hear some thoughts and advice!

Thank you!

MiladyMalarkey, ASN, BSN

Specializes in Neuro. Has 1 years experience.

I'd do your BSN first personally.

I had the same option as you, entering into a concurrent ADN/MSN program (since I had a prior BS) or concurrent ADN/BSN program. After talking to several nurses I was told you likely will not be paid more as an MSN while getting your floor nurse experience and the cost of the MSN program was significantly higher. So I went for the ADN/BSN program. Usually with direct entries like that, you don't have the opportunity to earn your BSN in process, maybe your program is different, mine wasn't, so if I failed out or dropped, I'd have no BSN to show for it, just the ADN and a few masters classes that don't credit towards a BSN anyway.

Anyhow, my two cents.