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I am currently trying to gather information about nursing programs in my area (Queens). I have a Bachelor's degree in English and I am quickly realizing that it will not get me very far in this new field I'm trying to break into. I was interested in applying for an ADN but I wanted to know if a dual-degree program would help me get a BSN in the same amount of time? Are there any accelerated programs that I am just not seeing? It appears as though I might be starting from scratch. Any comments or help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

yhl1975

134 Posts

Has 17 years experience.

Nursing RN and NP are the professional that can accept students with BA/ Other then Nursing Degree.

You could do 12-16 month program in Colombian University and sit for NCLEX exam .

The program will give you BSN +RN in 12 month.

I am in NP program now and some students are finishing MSN with professional knowledge and good marks after 12 month BSN program.

The same in other fields, you could decide be Social Worker or Family therapy Counselor in 12 month, if you have other BA.

There is advantage, when you are coming to profession with your English BA /other then Nursing BSN , since you have life experience.

Usually second profession is your "true-true" desire and "flow".

Welcome to nursing or other health care profession, patients need clinicians with good heart ,knowledge and "real will" to help.

DoGoodThenGo

4,122 Posts

Nearly all the second degree BS to BSN programs in the NYC area run about the same about of time as an ADN degree; about twenty to twenty four months give or take. Some might be lower say around eighteen months. Much will depend upon if you have the required pre-reqs especially in sciences (A&P, microbiology and chemistry) already completed.

Quite honestly if you already have a four year degree it makes no sense IMHO to go for an ADN. That route may have made sense back in the day; however universally most all major NYC hospitals/heath care systems vastly prefer new grads with the BSN. An ADN + a B of S in another major does not cut it either. When places say they want/prefer the BSN, that is what they want.

New grads with an ADN degree can always tell recruiters they are enrolled in a RN to BSN program. That option isn't really on the table for those who already have a four year degree. It just doesn't make fiscal or time wise sense to get an ADN then take a bridge course to BSN for one reason.

Here is Hunter-Bellevue's second degree program:

http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/nursing/admissions/undergraduate/accelerated-second-degree-nursing-program

Here is their undergraduate Generic program: http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/nursing/admissions/undergraduate/generic-pathway-2

One huge difference you notice between the two is the absence of non-nursing/gen education credits. This is because like all second degree programs by virtue of a previous four year degree students are exempt from taking further such courses. All second degree nursing programs basically do is allow a transfer of undergraduate credits which are built upon by adding nursing to make the "second" degree.

Note also from the Hunter program it only takes 18 months if you meet all necessary pre-reqs and have other ducks in a row upon acceptance. If your previous undergraduate work lacks required science and other pre-reqs and or they were taken too long ago to be accepted you cannot apply. It will take about two or three semesters to complete A&P I and II along with microbiology etc... which puts total program length to about 24 months give or take.

mdutra85

69 Posts

If you already have a bachelors try Dominican college! They offer a accelerated program for RN for those with a bachelors! :) good luck! I'm applying to Cochran school of nursing in Yonkers

delance412

13 Posts

With no kind of science classes under my belt, would it be more prudent to acquire an ADN first and work my way up to the BSN?

Thanks in advance for any help.

delance412

13 Posts

Nearly all the second degree BS to BSN programs in the NYC area run about the same about of time as an ADN degree; about twenty to twenty four months give or take. Some might be lower say around eighteen months. Much will depend upon if you have the required pre-reqs especially in sciences (A&P, microbiology and chemistry) already completed.

Quite honestly if you already have a four year degree it makes no sense IMHO to go for an ADN. That route may have made sense back in the day; however universally most all major NYC hospitals/heath care systems vastly prefer new grads with the BSN. An ADN + a B of S in another major does not cut it either. When places say they want/prefer the BSN, that is what they want.

New grads with an ADN degree can always tell recruiters they are enrolled in a RN to BSN program. That option isn't really on the table for those who already have a four year degree. It just doesn't make fiscal or time wise sense to get an ADN then take a bridge course to BSN for one reason.

Here is Hunter-Bellevue's second degree program:

http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/nursing/admissions/undergraduate/accelerated-second-degree-nursing-program

Here is their undergraduate Generic program: http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/nursing/admissions/undergraduate/generic-pathway-2

One huge difference you notice between the two is the absence of non-nursing/gen education credits. This is because like all second degree programs by virtue of a previous four year degree students are exempt from taking further such courses. All second degree nursing programs basically do is allow a transfer of undergraduate credits which are built upon by adding nursing to make the "second" degree.

Note also from the Hunter program it only takes 18 months if you meet all necessary pre-reqs and have other ducks in a row upon acceptance. If your previous undergraduate work lacks required science and other pre-reqs and or they were taken too long ago to be accepted you cannot apply. It will take about two or three semesters to complete A&P I and II along with microbiology etc... which puts total program length to about 24 months give or take.

Thanks so much for taking the time out to reply. I am looking to work full-time while I study so that is really why an ADN appealed to me. I am still really unsure what I am going to do. I am looking for something that works with my schedule, makes sense time-wise and makes sense money-wise. Thanks again. I am going to keep doing my research.