RN to BSN- Which classes were you able to finish quickly?

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Im going to be starting the RN to BSN program in April and Im trying to find out what classes in the BSN were you able to finish pretty quickly? What classes have taken you a bit more time? Thanks!!

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 16 years experience. 224 Articles; 27,608 Posts

- DPV1 (Care of the Older Adult) - took me a week and a half to finish

- Biochemistry - took me about three weeks, including revisions

- Information Systems - took me about two weeks

- Contemporary Nutrition - took me about two weeks

- Organizational Systems - took me about two weeks

benegesserit

569 Posts

There isn't really a universal answer - it depends on your personal background, strengths, and weaknesses. Some of the ones TheCommuter found quick and easy took me the longest, but she doesn't list the ones that went quickest for me.

For me:

Care of the Older Adult is often quick for those with any sort of geriatric experience.

Information Management has a very low cut score and a lot of common sense. If I didn't have to schedule at a testing center I could have finished it in a few hours.

Leadership Experience can be a rehash of a task used in another class and took maybe a day of effort.

I finished the portfolio in a few hours (I don't think new students have to do this one)

Statistics and Nutrition I could have passed with a few days of light study, but I overthought both of them. I've previously taken both classes.

featherzRN, MSN

Specializes in Outpatient/Clinic, ClinDoc. Has 30 years experience. 1,012 Posts

You still have to do the portfolio unless in RN to MSN, unfortunately.. All the classes went quickly for me, but I think care of the older adult was one I could test out of without doing much else and the humanities test was one that I had to actually sit down and seriously study for - that one took me about a week and a half..

I had to take the older info management class and I had to wait until it was opened so that one by default took longer - but I hear now it's no big deal at all.

beeker

411 Posts

Care of the Older Adult took me about 2 weeks, I had to study for it I did poorly on the PA but overstudied and got high 90s on the OA.

Biochem- took about 3 weeks

Nutrition - under a week

Organizational Systems- took about a month, one of the papers (task 2 RCA) was a bear the rest was not bad

Health Assesment- I dragged my feet on this one for 2 months. It was over the holidays, I had houseguests, and there was a lot of info to study. Again I ended up overstudying and although I did just ok on teh PA I did great on the OA

beeker

411 Posts

- DPV1 (Care of the Older Adult) - took me a week and a half to finish

- Biochemistry - took me about three weeks, including revisions

- Information Systems - took me about two weeks

- Contemporary Nutrition - took me about two weeks

- Organizational Systems - took me about two weeks

There is now an updated version or Organizational Systems, it has another task and paper as of this October

nortonplusRN

Has 8 years experience. 62 Posts

Hi Hansen. Im also starting April 1. You excited to start like me?

Cathpet

7 Posts

Personally, I struggle with the way things are graded. I am still taking general Ed courses APII to start, and have been tearful multiple times. It took me months to get comfortable with the way classes are set up and know truly what needs to be done. I tried following the course outline which is a learn smart program. As it turns out, this was a huge waste of my time. I will have only completed 7 credits this term! As of now I have applied for a two month term break in hopes that thw winter's shadow will lift from me. I felt rather humiated having to re submit labs for the smallest details, without much direction and a vague rubric that was not useful. I am committed to finish, but have no idea how anyone with family commitments and a full time job, where you are committed to meanigful patient care can do this work in 6 months. That is simply a few people that are either paid sock puppets for the school or came directly from the subreddit "I am smart".

nortonplusRN

Has 8 years experience. 62 Posts

Personally, I struggle with the way things are graded. I am still taking general Ed courses APII to start, and have been tearful multiple times. It took me months to get comfortable with the way classes are set up and know truly what needs to be done. I tried following the course outline which is a learn smart program. As it turns out, this was a huge waste of my time. I will have only completed 7 credits this term! As of now I have applied for a two month term break in hopes that thw winter's shadow will lift from me. I felt rather humiated having to re submit labs for the smallest details, without much direction and a vague rubric that was not useful. I am committed to finish, but have no idea how anyone with family commitments and a full time job, where you are committed to meanigful patient care can do this work in 6 months. That is simply a few people that are either paid sock puppets for the school or came directly from the subreddit "I am smart".

Sorry to hear you are having a hard time with this program. Have you tried joining groups? I havent started this program yet but I am not new with online courses. I got my RN from excelsior college so i know how to grind it out. Joining groups really helped me a lot with Excelsior. I havent joined any WGU groups yet but will do once I start on April 1st.

Thank God my A&Ps and Micro transferred. I would be lost if I do those on line. Good luck to you cathpet. Hopefully the next term will be a better one.

Cathpet

7 Posts

Yes, so far only one cohort for communications. Very little support in Gen ed. As my course mentor has confirmed. Statistics will be brutal as my course validity has expired. It is my understanding that stats is not set up very clearly and could be optimized. I just need to get some nursing classes released. I have been an RN for 20 years and am a highly skilled practitioner. This has indeed humbled me and begs to question how do the younguns really manage the work/life/school balance? Feeling tired, discouraged and possibly whiny...lol

Cathpet

7 Posts

As for groups, there is a rule that information cannot be shared. There is a Facebook page that is occasionally helpful. Other than cohorts, where again it is only two hour long groups, the community is kept apart and you must complete tasks without any group or peer involvement.

Jasel, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency Room. Has 12 years experience. 203 Posts

The classes with only objective assessments (not pre-reqs). I knocked out 18 credit hours my first semester just testing out of classes back to back.

The longest I'd say are Biochemistry, Community Health & Population-Focused Nursing, Health Assessment, and Evidence Based Practice and Applied Nursing Research.

Honestly though I'd say the only reason I had problems 90% of the time it was due to procrastinating. If you have a problem writing papers however, buy an APA book.

This is not a hard program. Besides procrastinating one of the biggest mistakes I see people doing is studying too much. I RARELY studied for any of the classes. The trick is to just get started with the task. If it's in taskstream, look at the rubric and make sure you meet the requirements for everything it's asking.