Program Length and Value-Added Material

  1. I know there are a lot of RV vs. BSN posts, but I haven't found the answer to this quesiton there.

    My local University offers a 16-month Bacchelor's degree to BSN program which lasts 16 months (my degree is in Math).

    My local community college offers an 18-month RN program.

    Okay, I'm confused. If the BSN program has more material in it, then either everything is compressed, or information is left out.

    I have to assume that there is more material because both programs require the same pre-reqs.

    I want to be the best nurse I can, so I'm leaning toward the 18-month program because I can get a BSN later online and I may need the extra 2 months to learn all that I need (I know the real learning takes place on the job, but I want some solid basics). On the other hand, this university is recognized as a great medical school and I'll be living on savings and loans with a wife and two small children, so the extra 2 months of pay could come in handy too.

    Any information about program differences would be well appreciated.

    Thanks in advance!

    Rgds,
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  3. by   AnnaN5
    I would look into the NCLEX pass rates for both programs and the amount of clinical hours you will go through.

    The accelerated BSN program will be much more compressed because they also cover more theory classes, leadership, management, etc.

    I have a previous BS in Human Biology and was in the same situation. I ended up chosing the seat in an accelerated RN program at the community college that lasts 13 months instead of the accelerated BSN program at the university. I chose the community college program because the NCLEX pass rates were higher and you spent more time in clinicals.
  4. by   kenny b
    Thank you. I followed your advice. It appears that the community college program has more clinicals and that sews it up for me. I need the extra two months of pay since I will be attending without an income, but I need the practice and confidence a lot more. Maybe I'll pursue an RN to BSN later.

    Regards,
    Kenny B

    Quote from AnnaN5
    I would look into the NCLEX pass rates for both programs and the amount of clinical hours you will go through.

    The accelerated BSN program will be much more compressed because they also cover more theory classes, leadership, management, etc.

    I have a previous BS in Human Biology and was in the same situation. I ended up chosing the seat in an accelerated RN program at the community college that lasts 13 months instead of the accelerated BSN program at the university. I chose the community college program because the NCLEX pass rates were higher and you spent more time in clinicals.

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