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Nurse Practitioner Program for an RN w/ ASN without EXPERIENCE?

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by Miley22 Miley22 (New Member) New Member

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Hi,

I will be graduating with my RN (ASN) by the end of this year. I have a Bachelor's in Respiratory from a Nationally Accredited School. I really want to become a Nurse Practitioner and want to continue with my schooling right after I finish my RN license.

Does anyone know any MSN- FNP program or any RN to MSN Bridge Program that would accept my BS in RT from a Nationally Accredited School and DOES NOT REQUIRE ANY EXPERIENCE?

It doesn't really matter how much the tuition is or where it will be. I can relocate anywhere in the US.

Thank you so much for your help!!!

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Pixie.RN has 18 years experience as a MSN, RN, EMT-P and specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN.

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I am also in the same situation and have my BS in resp care with an ASN. I have researched many schools that would be a good transition into this situation.

My conclusion is:

1. I am not going back for my BSN, period! I have a BS degree from a nursing school that I attended for my BS in resp care. It seems crazy to pursue another BS in a health related field.

2. If you are serious about going for NP, you will have to take some prereqs in order to enter. There are some schools that will take you in if you have BS in a non nursing degree.

3. I opted to go this route: I went back to the school I did my undergrad in resp care that has an online program for MSN in education. I was accepted last summer and I am in the program currently. I was only needing to take 2 additional classes prior to entering. Many schools require up to 4-6 courses for eligibility upon entrance.

I decided to go about it this way because I am not 100% sure what type of NP I would like to pursue and getting experience in the meantime is will be a great asset when I am all done.

Many schools are going towards DNP and once I complete my MSN in education, I can continue on for this or with an MSN obtained I could continue on for NP with much fewer courses to complete. This seemed like a win/win situation.

Less requirements and I have time on my side. I don't want to be a NP or work as a nurse educator for a few years until my kiddos are older.

Good luck,

Kirsten

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Thank you for the info. I heard from one of the FNP counselors say that MSN in education route is more towards the education not clinical and that I have to select the MSN-FNP program, not MSN in education.

I was thinking the same way like you did too. Get into an MSN in education with my Bachelor's in Respiratory Therapy and then apply for Post Master's FNP program. But the counselor from the school FNP said I can't do that. I would have to do the MSN that is constructed for FNP only.

Anyone has any opinion about this counselor. Is it what she said is true? Has anyone taken & graduated with their MSN in education and then go into the Post Master's FNP program??? Has anyone done this route?

Thanks!

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Miley22: Were you able to find any school that doesn't require experience? I'll appreciate your reply. Thanks!

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