lc3: thank you. i don't think i've heard anyone put it quite like that. while the programs are for non-nursing majors, they really aren't designed for i/t guys with no hospital exposure.
see...my parents are in healthcare, and in the late 90s, i tried to get into med school and didn't get accepted. i spent a couple of years taking pre-meds and then applied, applied, applied, applied and didn't get accepted. i still have a stong interest in health care and in science in general, but i have no desire to go to med school at this age, nor do i want to spend 2-3 years re-taking premeds, retaking the mcat, only to maybe/maybe-not get in.
i have looked at nursing for a long time, i know a lot of nurses. my own mother is one as well. the problem with the accelerated bsn programs is that they have so many requirements, i would need to spend 3-4 years taking pre-reqs before started the accelerated bsn anyway. so essentially an accelerated bsn would take me at least 4 years, probably more as i cannot attend full time. in addition, the money for that is a nightmare. since i have outstanding loans from my pre-meds, i really cannot take that much money out for another bachelors.
finally, i refuse to participate in the silly lottery adn programs, which is why i turned to the direct-entry masters. but despite my questioning the program and looking at all the requirements, it seems that direct-entry programs are really setup for people who already have a large amount of exposure to the nurse setting and are very comfortable knowing exactly what they want and in what area they wish to practice.
despite the nonsense i can spew, i suspect that the admissions comittee will see that i have very little clinical exposure and that whatever i spew forth about my goals, they will likely see that i am just mouthing off some nonsense, since my goals are not actually supported by any real-life experience.
both of the direct entry programs have a 99% graduation rate. they also have a very high acceptance rate. when i asked why this was so, they indicated that most adults who apply are, as you said, very sure about what they want to do and if the program was right for them, even before they applied.
this is somewhat of a disappointment to me. it seems that i may have gone about this all wrong and that the reality is the direct entry msn programs are not really a viable option for me. i kinda feel like i ought to drop my a&p class and scrap the whole idea before wasting any more of my much needed money.
hm....i'm gonna sleep on this one.:uhoh21: