15-week BSN courses taken together

  1. I was wondering, is there anyone who took the two 15-week BSN courses together and if so, how heavy were the assignments? Or did you find it easier to place an 8-week course with each 15-week course. Please provide me with some insight. I am very good with papers and essays but I don't want to spend all day every day for four months doing them.

    Last edit by BSNbeDONE on Jul 19, '13 : Reason: spelling
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  3. by   Pixie.RN
    I did this as part of the MSN program, and I don't mind telling you it kicked my butt. LOL. I felt like I was spending all day every day, as you said. Ugh. I would definitely recommend an 8-week with a 15-week so you get some kind of break!
  4. by   BSNbeDONE
    That's EXACTLY what I just registered for! LOL!
  5. by   Pixie.RN
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    That's EXACTLY what I just registered for! LOL!
    Smart cookie. :-)
  6. by   BSNbeDONE
    Oh well, it was a relaxing thought while it lasted. I just received an email that, due to the capstone application process, if I take a 15-week course in January, I won't be in a capstone until the fall of next year. So, I have no choice but to take the two 15-week courses beginning in August and my final two courses, both 8 weeks, in January. That will allow me plenty of time to have my name placed on the capstone list and begin the process, with a completion date by the end of the summer. Man, another year! It doesn't sound like a long time when talking weeks. But it actually adds up to ANOTHER year!

    Hey, no sweat. Piece-a-cake!......
    Last edit by BSNbeDONE on Jul 20, '13 : Reason: additional info
  7. by   Pixie.RN
    Girl, I have no doubt that you can do it! Lol.
  8. by   TiffyRN
    I know you already made the decision but I will add my two cents. I took two 8 week courses last year, Professional Transitions and Teaching and Learning. It was pretty easy. Teaching and Learning doesn't have any papers but a teaching plan and a power-point presentation.

    Last Fall I took Research, Management (which was an 8 week course) and for the first 5 weeks of those I was still finishing up Nursing Assessment. That was way too much (I don't think they are staggering the courses like that anymore). It stressed me out so much that my plans to take the Community Nursing exam and CCRN exam (for elective credit) were shot to pieces and I sat out pretty much the whole semester.

    It's up to each person but those particular courses are heavy in writing assignments and I confirmed my suspicions that I had no flair for management.
  9. by   BSNbeDONE
    TiffanyRN, thank you for the input. I have revised my plan and I can tell you that you definitely DON'T want to know what it looks like now! But, I have also revised my work schedule. The only downfall is that I will probably have to resort again to working the two shifts back-to-back so that I will have 5 consecutive days per week to work on these courses. The plus to this is that it is only for four months AND, if all goes as planned, I will be in the January capstone.

    Have you completed your program, yet?
  10. by   TiffyRN
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    Have you completed your program, yet?
    No, I'm not going to coulda/woulda things but I "woulda" been three weeks from graduation if I hadn't taken Spring semester off but moving on. . .

    I finish Community Nursing in 3 weeks then I just have to do Capstone starting in August and ending in December. I still think I've done pretty well to finish in 2 years while working full-time and needing 20 or so credits of leveling courses.
  11. by   BSNbeDONE
    What matters is that there is a BSN on its way to your home very soon! Congrats on being this close to completion. I wish I was in your shoes! Based on the time that I originally began, I should have completed the program this past April. But life.....you know the rest....so I just got back into the saddle, transferred in one nursing course and will begin and hopefully FINISH the nursing courses this fall, in time for the January capstone......IF all goes as planned. We'll see......