Direct Entry Programs Applications in; what happens next? - page 3

Greetings! I am new to this forum and have recently submitted applications to several direct entry masters programs. Right now, I have a lot of anxiety concerning the whole process. I... Read More

  1. by   nursn2b
    Quote from sunnyjohn
    I'm gonna butt in... LOL

    Online for any APN program without an RN license? I doubt you'll find it. I've search, called, written and e-mailed on the subject since 2005. LOL!

    Online MSN/MN direct entry programs don't exist. They won't let you in exisiting regular acute care courses without an RN license.

    There is one online BSN program for previous college graduates where they will help you establish a clinical site locally. Excelsior will also offer you the RN via distance IF you meet the clinical requirements.

    I think DE programs are great and with your experience, you will probably excel. STILL getting that first RN license is going to require substantial clinical time.

    The good news is your options for Direct entry MSN programs that offer APN training (usually at year 2 or 3) are broad.

    Good luck!

    Thanks sunnyjohn, my primary objective is to become eligible to take the NCLEX exam so that I can get an RN license. I am pretty motivated and can excel at self-directed learning so I think getting through the NCLEX exam will not be a problem. However, since I am new to the nursing field, am not sure how to become eligble for the NCLEX exam. I want to pursue any course work component online and get clinical experience at a local hospital mainly because I want to keep my day job so that I can support my family and college!! I dont want to get into more student loan debt that I already have rite now!

    I would truly appreciate your thoughts on any programs where I may be able to do the course work online and then fulfill their clinical requirement at a local hospital. Bottom line...I want to be eligible for the NCLEX-RN exam so that I can get an RN license and then work in ICU for few years...before, hopefully, try to get into a CRNA school.

    Thanks a lot.

    I appreciate thoughts from anyone in this forum, thank you.
  2. by   BCgradnurse

    I just started a Direct Entry program this Fall, and had concerns about getting a job after graduation with "no nursing experience". I have been told that is not the case. Depending on the specialty, it took some recent graduates a little longer than others to find jobs, but in general there were no problems. I know there is an acute shortage of nurses at all levels in my area, which may account for the ease new grads had in finding jobs. I hope it stays that way!

  3. by   BCgradnurse
    I'm in my first year at BC's DE program. I don't think I heard from them until late November/early December last year. They don't do rolling admissions, so no one hears until after the deadline. Good luck-I love the program!
  4. by   BCgradnurse
    No interviews at BC!!

    Good luck!