Direct Entry NP Program, or RN, then NP?

  1. Hi! I am interested in becoming a Psych NP and have a degree in a different field. I applied to a direct-entry program last year and was waitlisted. Now I'm wondering if I should apply to an RN program and then continue on for NP? Can anyone tell me how long this might take for a person who already has a degree? Obviously if it takes longer than a year, I guess it wouldn't be worth it, since direct-entry programs are 3 years long with usually 1 year for the RN or BSN. I'm also wondering if it is even possible to get into an RN program for September since it's already May? Thanks for any help!
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  3. by   SkiBumNP
    As someone who just finished a direct entry program I would say hold off on going to RN school. Remember when you are working as an NP you are not a RN, the care you will be providing and the treatment/prescribing you will be doing is nothing like working as a RN.
    hold off for the direct entry, you won't regret it.
  4. by   MILOBRI
    @ SkiBumNP - Can you share which NP program you went to?
  5. by   SkiBumNP
    I went to Samuel Merritt University in Oakland CA, I am now working as an Emergency NP.
  6. by   NAURN
    NPs are RNs. You have to have an RN license to be an NP. You learn a lot being an RN that can be useful being an NP... assessment skills, interpreting labs, medications. My 5 years (8 once I actually get to be an NP) of being an ICU nurse will be invaluable to me as an NP.

    To each their own, but I definitely think that having RN experience is valuable going into it.
  7. by   Annaiya
    If you haven't noticed already nursing school whether for RN or NP is extremely competitive. It might be a good idea to apply to as many programs as you can just to increase your chanced of being able to start soon. There are 1 year accelerated BSN programs for people who already have a degree. The NP role is different from the RN role, but you are expected to have the knowledge of an RN, so work experience is extremely valuable. NP degrees have very low clinical hour requirements, which makes it difficult to be competent without RN work experience. Some programs do require RN experience before they will admit you. Just some things to keep in mind