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  1. I need some advice background: I attended UC Irvine and earned a BA in a non-nursing field. I now want to go back to school for Nursing. The accelerated second degree BSN programs are 1) extremely expensive (approx $50k and I still owe $50k for my first degree) 2) very hard to get into 3) would require me moving to a whole new area I’ve considered getting an ADN. From what I’ve heard, it’s harder and harder for ADN RN’s to get jobs. What is the best route for me? My idea was to go back to school and get my ADN from a community college, get a job as a nurse, and within the first few years of working go back and get my MSN and skip the BSN altogether. Is this a good idea? Will I be able to get a good job going this route? I’ve noticed a lot of people saying they were hired at a hospital with an ADN on the condition that they go back right away and get the BSN. Will hospitals allow me to skip that step and go straight to the MSN. Is it really true hospitals will require the BSN by 2020?? I really don’t want to have to go back for a second bachelors after competing my ADN given I have a bachelors already in something else.. any advice?
  2. Ej2020

    BA AND ADN, MSN IN THE FUTURE

    hi @justwanttohelp12 thanks so much for the feedback!! Trust me, I learned my lesson the first time. I would love to be able to avoid huge loans for my second degree. I am still struggling to pay back my first bachelors. I have been researching these CEP programs. My only concern is that per the websites it sounds like you are really not guaranteed admission into the BSN program at their partner schools. In fact, they even made it sound hard to get in.. My other concern is it seems like after completing the ADN and BSN I am looking at approx 3 - 3 1/2 years. Considering how demanding these programs are and that I most likely won’t be able to work at the same time that is a long time to be without a job... Also, I couldn’t find much information on this so maybe you will know. Is the BSN full time for the CEP programs? Or will I be able to get the ADN and get a job then finish the BSN part time?
  3. Ej2020

    BA AND ADN, MSN IN THE FUTURE

    I did see that U of A and ASU have the direct entry MSN's, however another thing I have to consider is some programs have a LONG list of prereq's. Since I am working full time, I can only take 1 class at a time at night. So, it will take YEARS to complete all those classes. So, I am really trying to find a program that only requires the general 4-5 prereq's. Thanks so much for telling me about the CEP program. I didn't even know these existed. I saw that there are also some at the community colleges near where I currently live. I will be looking into these. To anyone else reading this.. are there any disadvantages to doing a CEP program? Will it look different to an employer if I got the associates then BSN over just the BSN?
  4. Ej2020

    BA AND ADN, MSN IN THE FUTURE

    Thank you both for your feedback! When I started at UCI, I had no idea what I wanted to do. By the time I figured it out, I was told it was impossible to change majors to Nursing. I tried changing schools, but all the other UC’s with nursing programs would not accept transfers. I attempted to transfer to a Cal State, however was told a large portions of the GE’s I had completed would not transfer. At the end of the day, it felt like I had no option but to finish my degree at UCI. I did not realize how hard it would be after graduating trying to go back to school for Nursing. I currently live in the Los Angeles area. However, I am willing to relocate. The cost of living is ridiculously high here and not somewhere I plan to stay forever. I am willing to relocate to, for example, areas like Phoenix , AZ. However, I am not sure I would be willing to relocate to a rural town with very few people. My biggest concern is being accepted to a accelerated BSN program since they are extremely competitive. I think I need to do more research on the direct entry MSN programs. They did seem a bit scary and overwhelming for someone just entering the field of Nursing.
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