Seattle ABSN School?

  1. I'm starting the process of looking into a second degree in Nursing (I have a Bachelors degree in another field from 2007). However I'm only seeing one school - University of Washington - offering an accelerated BSN.

    Is there any other options I'm missing? I'd hate to take all the prerequisites for this one program in case I didn't get in since it seems to be the only option in town!

    Thank you!
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  3. by   meanmaryjean
    Why are you limiting yourself to ASBN programs? There are many ways to become an RN which are cheaper and only take slightly more time. You can do the community college ADN route for likely 1/10 the cost of an ASBN.

    Just because you have an unrelated bachelor's doesn't mean you can ONLY pursue ASBN programs.
  4. by   WaN8
    Thx for your reply! I know I want to become an L&D nurse and Swedish hospital eventually requires a Bachelors in Nursing w/in 6 years of hire. I was thinking maybe it makes sense just to get it outright?

    Vs getting my RN in 2 years, then getting my BSN down the line (maybe another 1.5 years of school?)
  5. by   meanmaryjean
    Quote from WaN8
    Thx for your reply! I know I want to become an L&D nurse and Swedish hospital eventually requires a Bachelors in Nursing w/in 6 years of hire. I was thinking maybe it makes sense just to get it outright?

    Vs getting my RN in 2 years, then getting my BSN down the line (maybe another 1.5 years of school?)
    With a previous degree, an online RN-to-BSN from somewhere like Online College - Western Governors University - WGU would be doable in around 12 months. saving you tens of thousands of dollars.
  6. by   WaN8
    Thank you!
  7. by   verene
    The only difference between the ABSN and traditional BSN as a post-bacc at UW is that in the ABSN you take summer courses and in the BSN you don't. (meaning the traditional program (18 months) is only 3 months longer than the ABSN when completed by a post-bacc student). Unfortunately the ABSN is about double the cost (from my recollections of during research into Seattle are nursing programs.) of the BSN.

    If you attend a CC program in the great-Seattle area pretty much all of them have BSN-bridge agreements for UW-Tacoma or UW-Bothell which is a 10 month program after finishing the ADN and which is intended to be completed by working RNs. That being said if you don't have your BSN it can be hard to find a residency/ acute-care job in the immediate Seattle area hospitals post-graduation as they have pretty much all gone to BSN preferred for hire and BSN required for residency with few exceptions (if you are okay spending a year in nursing home, sub-acute, or other facility during the BSN-bridge year it's far cheaper to go this route) If you can go north or south in your jobs search hospitals do still hire with ADN and contract to get your BSN in time. Alternatively you can be like me and decide to leave the Seattle area for nursing school for more options and lower cost of living while in school.
  8. by   WaN8
    This is very helpful!

    Wow good to know Seattle area hospitals hire mostly BSN and not RNs.

    One more question for you. Did you consider an online school for either RN or BSN?

    I stay at home with my two young children so a long commute or relocating unfortunately aren't options for me.

    Thanks!
  9. by   meanmaryjean
    Quote from WaN8
    This is very helpful!

    Wow good to know Seattle area hospitals hire mostly BSN and not RNs.

    One more question for you. Did you consider an online school for either RN or BSN?

    I stay at home with my two young children so a long commute or relocating unfortunately aren't options for me.

    Thanks!
    There are no 100% online schools for entry to nursing practice. There are always hundreds of hours of clinical required.
    And to clarify- BSNs are RNs.
  10. by   verene
    Quote from WaN8
    This is very helpful!
    One more question for you. Did you consider an online school for either RN or BSN
    There are no completely online courses for becoming an RN. You have to attend clinicals in-person. I think WGU offers RN coursework online with in-person clinicals and some of the community colleges (e.g. shoreline) offer part-time programs for ADN/RN. The BSN-bridge program through UW is mostly online with minimal in-person commitment because they are targeted ASN graduates who are actively working as nurses while bridging.

    As clarification ASN/ADN and BSN are degree levels, RN is the license one holds. So many of the hospitals are looking for RNs with BSN level education, but they are still RNs and both ASN/BSN take the same NCLEX exam for license and have the same scope of practice.

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