I have been told that competitiveness depends on the school. If your community college has an agreement with a RN-BSN bridge then it is easier (less competitive) to get into the program then if you are attending a school without such an agreement.
I know a few students waiting to apply to a RN-BSN program right not now because they attend schools without an agreement and are not registered nurses. Whereas I will be able to apply during my third block (before I am a Registered Nurse) and I will learn of acceptance during my fourth block (again, before I am a Registered Nurse). My acceptance will be contingent on becoming a Registered Nurse.
I can only guess why my school is this way. I cannot say all schools are this way. I also do not know if this applies to RNs who have been out of my school forever.
I do not know if they graduate from my school 10-20 years ago if they have it easier or harder since I am not in that environment. So I cannot safely say that the RN-BSN bridge is easier or harder to gain acceptance. That is why I think it is wise to contact the schools.
By the way, I will say this, going the ADN route then RN-BSN route is a lot easier on the pocket book!!!!
ADN courses (12 units for one semester) can cost the equivalent of ONE BSN course. Plus, many employers pay some or all of an employee's ADN and/or BSN tuition and fees. I personally am working on obtaining a few scholarships
but if I do not get one, I can easily pay for the RN-BSN bridge on my income as a Registered Nurse in the event I do not receive an employer's reimbursement.
I also know of people who are in BSN programs that agree. They wish they had tried to ADN then BSN route because they would not be in as much debt when they finish school. Some are hoping for reimbursement, but many reimbursement programs do not cover most of the debt racked up attending an accelerated or regular BSN program.
I know one hospital that will only pay for $9000 over a three year period with a $1000-2000 sign on bonus. Despite the fact that most students taking out student loans for BSNs will incur about $20,000-40,000 worth of debt. :uhoh21: So, be sure to contact hospitals and other health care employers in your area to factor in costs.