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Is an Accelerated BSN Program Right For You?

Is an Accelerated BSN Program Right For You?

John Rossheim | Monster.com

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In addition, prospective students must show evidence of their ability and determination to sprint for up to a year and a half to complete an intensive nursing degree program. Usually, there are no breaks between terms.

“Some people have trouble going back into the student role,” says Mary Parsons, program chair of the accelerated BSN program at Creighton. “They’ve committed to 15 to 18 hours in the clinical lab, in addition to an overload of coursework.”

For Senffner, every day, week and month of the program was grueling. Five days a week, he would be in class or clinical lab from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. He would then study for five or six hours. But he’s still glad he chose an accelerated program. “I figured I can do anything for 11 months,” says Senffner.

Financial Challenge

Accelerated nursing programs can be a double whammy on the finances of students and their families. Tuition for these intensive programs can run to $30,000, and students generally find it impossible to fit even part-time work into their packed study schedules. “Students think they can work 20 to 30 hours a week while in the program, and that doesn’t happen,” Colombraro says.

But given the severe nursing shortage, there are many ways for students to endure a year of high expenses and low or no income. “Many students will take out student loans,” Colombraro notes. "We also have fund-raising activities, some scholarship money and partnerships with hospitals.

Some hospitals are enticing recruits with offers to pay off the bulk of their student loans. Others will pay a student’s tuition up front in return for a promise to work at the hospital for a few years.

After Graduation, Options Abound

As with other nurses, graduates of accelerated programs have many career options beyond bedside care in a hospital setting. These include school nursing, occupational health, rehabilitation, home care, hospice care and case management. Graduates of accelerated BSN programs often aspire to advanced nursing professions, such as nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist, Parsons says.

Where does Senffner want to take his career? He’s hoping to find a position back in Portland in cardiac nursing, with a starting salary of about $55,000 and a compressed workweek of three 12-hour days. And with the nursing shortage continuing in critical condition, Senffner will likely get what he’s aiming for.

Read the original article Fast Track to a Nursing Degree on Monster.com.


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    roSAYY

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    Is it much harder to get into an accelerated program? What's the difference between the regular program and the acccelerated program? Can you please tell me. message.

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    blk41 - very interested in the comment you made about a hospital funding you in exchange to work for them...how does someone go about getting this type of funding? Do you have to apply to a certain program offered by hospitals?

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    Can you get accepted into an accelerated program with a B.A in theater???

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    I am currently enrolled into an accelerated program in winston-salem, nc. I am in my 2 set of 10week classes (middle of my 4th month). I am enjoying the program and cannot wait to be done in Feb. I am actually funded by a hospital that pays for all my schooling plus a monthly stipend in exchange to work for them for 3 years when finish with the program. This is a great idea for anyone who is looking to go back to school for nursing. It is very fastpaced and you have to be flexible. I recommend it to anyone.

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    I'm in this exact predicatment...

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