Accelerated BSN Programs - page 5

Accelerated BSN programs are an innovative approach to nursing education, available for individuals who hold a non-nursing bachelor's or higher degree and who are interested in moving into the field... Read More

  1. by   AtomicWoman
    Quote from Sunday84
    Hey everyone. I'm brand new to this site. Thanks for all of this information you've been giving, it's been really helpful.

    I am planning on entering an accelerated nursing program. I have one question for those of you out there that did take part in the accelerated program AND held a part-time or full-time job.

    I work part-time (around 25 hrs a week). I have set hours (12-5). My question is... what is the scheduling like? Are they flexible with clinical times/class times? Or is most of the timing already scheduled out for you? Basically-- would it be possible to actually FIT their class/clinical schedule around my work schedule?

    Thanks so much!!
    My experience tells me: absolutely not. You are going to have to work around their schedule. That's not to say you can't work, but your set hours are almost guaranteed not to fit in with your class and clinical schedule. That's probably not what you want to hear, but better to hear it now then find it out later. These programs expect you to devote your life to their program for the year or 18 months you are in it. My fellow students and I say that our program "owns" us for the year we are in it. We have no say in our class hours or clinical hours. Class hours are set, and clinical is assigned to us. We smile and say thank you.
  2. by   chelsmarie15
    Hi all!

    I live in Austin and am trying to decide which nursing program I should apply to! I feel I have 3 options:

    1. ACC's ADN, 2 year program
    2. Texas Tech 2nd Degree BSN ACCELERATED (Austin area)
    3. Texas A&M 2nd Degree BSN ACCELERATED (Round Rock location)

    I don't plan on applying till next summer/fall 2011 for the SPRING 2012 year, so I have time to decide and work everything out. I do have a BA, so I am eligible for the accelerated programs. I have been reading about everyone's experiences and it is SO helpful.

    For TEXAS TECH, does anyone know how many students they accept for the AUSTIN area? I know that A&M will accept 11 for the Round Rock location.

    I am leaning toward Texas Tech's program- do those of you already in the program have study sessions together? Or are you literally working on your own?

    Also, for those in either accelerated program, (if you can answer)- what was your GPA like? Your volunteer experience? I guess I'm asking what made you an excellent candidate for the program? : ) I have a little over 1 year to complete all pre-reqs and make myself as irresistible as possible! : )

  3. by   smiley616
    I hope this thread is still alive.

    For the ABSN program, how does admission look at your GPA? I know that a lot second degree students apply for the ABSN program and from reading various threads in this forum, the GPAs seem to be really for some. Will admission take into account where you're taking your pre-reqs at? For example, if you received a degree from a UC and took your pre-reqs at a UC...but your grades aren't as great... do they take into account where you took the pre-reqs from? Or do grades matter despite where you took them?

    Thank you.
  4. by   TXgirl912
    Hi Chelsmarie,

    I am in the exact same situation as you.. I plan to apply to Texas A&M and Texas Tech for spring 2012, so if you find out any good information, definitely pass it along! I don't know too much yet, but this forum is very helpful. Best of luck!
  5. by   ombaby08232002
    I'm curious as to how many nurses went through the accelerated program with kids at home? I'm currently a stay-at-home mom with a Masters degree in exercise physiology looking to return to the work force at some point, but jobs in my field are next to none (or at least not worth working for). So nursing seems to be a logical choice...however, I am fearful that if I embark on an accelerated program I will not see my child!! Is this rational thinking? Would it be better to enter into a regular BSN program?
  6. by   TXgirl912
    hi RN2BNAUSTIN - how is the program going?
  7. by   GogethemTGR
    Hi everyone. I am just curious if any of you have a knowledge of how intense are the ABSN programs in South Florida?
    I am accepted in the ABSN in January of 2011 Barry University/Miami ( 15 months ),but i can also do the regular BSN which starts in August of this year. I am trying to make up my mind which one will fit my needs better!
  8. by   Goodthoughts79
    Hi Kitti419, Where is this 10 month accelerated program ? How did you like it ?
  9. by   BrittanyCooper
    Can I ask you where you went to school and what types of jobs did you hold?
  10. by   uonlyliveonce
    I just graduated with a non nursing bachelors degree and I'm about to apply to ten accelerated BSN programs that begin in January. My overall GPA is pretty good but my pre requisites for nursing school are not the best and I got a C in a few of them and A's and B's in the others. All of the schools I am applying to claim they accept students with pre requisites of C or better but I'm worried that I won't get in anywhere because of those C's. I went to a scientific research school and believe that nursing schools know the sciences at my school are very challenging and competitive, so that along with my overall GPA, and my good writing skills, plus my experience woking in an ER as a physicians scribe, I feel like I would be the type of student with some C's in my pre requisites that they would accept - but still, I have no confidence and need some honest opinions on whether you think I could get in or not. I'm afraid to spend the time and money applying to so many schools, just to get rejected from all of them in the end. Should I re-take the pre requisites that I got C's in? I know that some schools look down on that. I find it hard to believe that if the schools say that C's are the required minimum grades that they don't accept some students with C's, right? I'm extremely stressed and worried about this. Any advice will help! Thanks.
  11. by   AtomicWoman
    Here's my opinion, and it's just that -- my opinion. Ten schools may be too many to apply to; that's a lot of application fees and an enormous amount of energy you'll have to spend. I would suggest cutting that list down to the schools you are *really* interested in and feel you would be a good "fit" for. Contact the admissions officer at each school left on the list. Explain your concerns and ask for their honest opinion. Most, if not all, will tell you if you have a chance of getting in to their program. I just finished an accelerated BSN, and I do know that admissions is highly competitive. You mention your other strengths (scribe job, etc.), so ask the admissions officer if that will weigh in your favor when you apply. Also, ask if there is a course you might take in the Fall that would strengthen your application.

    You may want ask each school how many applications they get and how many students they accept. That may give you a hint about the competitiveness of each school. If a school only accepts a small percentage of its applicants, you can bet they have a pretty high GPA cutoff to help them quickly eliminate candidates who don't meet their criteria.

    Good luck!
  12. by   indeeder
    Looking for a bit of advice out there....I am thinking of getting into nursing and it seems like the Accelerated BSN program may work out well for my situation. For those of you who attended or are attending the Texas Tech program or the Texas State program how long did it take from beginning to end, including pre-reqs, etc... It has been over 10 years since I got my BA and I am interested in what you all did to fullfill the pre-reqs. Also, how is job market looking for you all? What are you hearing about gettting hired after you complete the program? I am hearing about over saturation on nurses esp. in central Tx and I am hesitant to spend $ on tution and then have trouble getting work. Any other input would be great!! Thanks!!
  13. by   RN 2 BE
    I have a question, and I hope the community can help. I have a BA in Psychology, and I am interested in becoming a nurse. I was in an nursing BSN program back in 2008, with one semester left, but I missed completing the program by one point in two of the classes (mental health and critical care). Its not that I didn't understand the information or didn't know it, it was just my test taking that caused me not to be successful in completion of the program. On top of that I moved to a different state, and so I lost all my nursing credits, meaning I have to start all over again, if another program affords me the opportunity, in which I am hoping. So I decided to go with my minor, psychology, and I have finished that recently. I am ready to try nursing again, if I can get into a program. What I would like to know is given my history would an accelerated nursing BSN program be ideal for a person in my situation or should I go with the 2yr BSN program? I feel once Im in, it would be like a refresher since I have been through a BSN program before, so I should do very well this time around. I just want some advice on what would be the smart thing to do.