Should I get my MSN first?

by platinum_garb platinum_garb Member Nurse

Specializes in corrections, MH, geriatrics. Has 10 years experience.

Hey! So I had begun an online FNP program at the university where I got my accelerated BSN. After 4 classes, I started to realize that FNP wasn't what I wanted to be. I really want to be a PMHNP. So I've been talking to Walden U, but they've denied transfer of 3 of my classes so far and are dragging their feet on the fourth.

Can I get a MSN online without a specific concentration and then go back to a uni such as Walden and take the post-master's specialization classes? Are universities generally agreeable to this or no?

Im not putting all my eggs in Walden's basket, but they are who I have spoken to most recently. Any suggestions? I'd love to hear from people who got their MSN and then went back.

Thanks so much I'm advance!


babatee, MSN, RN

Specializes in Geriatric, Acute, Rehab, Psychiatry. Has 14 years experience. 68 Posts

i recently graduated from WGU ( MSN nursing administration). I'm currently enrolled in the Adult-Geriatric Nurse practitioner (post-masters) with The university of texas at arlington. Walden doesnt have a post masters program but will accept 3 out of the 4 core msn courses (transfer).

My advice will be to get an MSN from WGU ( COST LESS than 7grand) then look up schools like UTA arlington, vandabuilt or maryville univ.