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RN-BS-MN-FNP?

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by Rionoir Rionoir (Member)

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I'm graduating this semester with my RN and trying to figure out my path to FNP.  The state university has a RN-BS-MN program and then a separate 12 month FNP program which requires a masters to be completed first.  Is this the typical path from RN to FNP?  Is there any advantage to doing my BSN separately?

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NICUmiiki has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in NICU.

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I think most do RN to BSN then a BSN to MSN/DNP program with a concentration in FNP. Some may do a RN to MSN-FNP program, but I personally don't recommend those unless the actually grant a BSN in the middle where you can change schools or drop out at that point if you need to. I'd figure up costs closely. It's very possible to get your BSN for $10k, and then FNP for $25-30k. If the program you are looking at costs more than that, I'd do more research on your options.

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So the person I emailed at the state university said I have to get accepted to the BSN program, then I can apply for the RN-BS-MN.  The MN portion isn't a FNP though, it looks like you have to do an additional 12 month program after the MN is completed within your specialty.  I think the BSN completion is included in there, and if you take the MN program there was something about not having to do a couple of the normal BSN courses. 🤷‍♂️ Just the way they have it sorted out is confusing me, usually the MSN includes the specialty you want it seems, instead of a separate program after you already have a masters? lol 

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NICUmiiki has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in NICU.

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Yes. Go look at other grad schools. Vanderbilt or University of South Alabama. This should give you a better idea of how admissions and programs are usually set up.  

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not.done.yet has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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Look at the FNP employability in your area VERY carefully before you settle on that route. In many major cities across the US the market is becoming very oversaturated, leading to dropping wages and few job opportunities. ACNP and other, more specialized NPs, are faring better. For now.

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