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Is an Accelerated BSN Program Right For You?

Is an Accelerated BSN Program Right For You?

John Rossheim | Monster.com

Whether looking to add meaning to their workdays or find a new vocation after being laid off from a foundering industry, career-changing professionals are increasingly turning to accelerated bachelor’s programs in nursing.

Accelerated BSN programs train folks with bachelor’s degrees in other fields to be nurses in 12 to 18 months. The number of accelerated BSN programs has grown dramatically, from only 31 in 1990 to 197 by 2006. These programs are available in 43 states, the District of Columbia and Guam, according to a 2005-2006 study by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). And with the US nursing shortage raging on, accelerated degree programs continue to multiply. The AACN reports that 37 new accelerated baccalaureate programs are being planned.

Does such a radical and rapid career change make sense for you? See what’s involved and decide for yourself.

Highly Selective

When Kent Senffner’s employer was looking to cut staff a few years ago, the Portland, Oregon, marketer asked to be laid off. “I was so sick of business,” Senffner says. “I was doing well, but the work was not rewarding.”

Like many other professionals in the 2000s, Senffner changed course to nursing, enrolling in the accelerated BSN program at the Creighton University School of Nursing in Omaha in January 2004. Other typical entrants in accelerated BSN programs include stockbrokers, accountants, teachers and nutritionists.

The accelerated programs are selective. In 2003, there were 196 applicants for 40 places in the combined BSN/MS program at Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing in New York City and Pleasantville, New York, according to Gerrie Colombraro, assistant dean of the nursing school.

Although most accelerated nursing programs accept candidates with a bachelor’s degree in nearly any field, many students must complete science prerequisites before matriculating. These typically include anatomy, physiology, chemistry and microbiology. Candidates must also present a solid undergraduate GPA.


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    iicre8

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

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

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    blk41

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    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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    caribbeangyrl

    almost 6 years ago

    34 comments

    I'm in this exact predicatment...

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    tlarcher

    almost 6 years ago

    18 comments

    Is an accelerated MSN program good? I just heard of one in my area and was curious about it

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    holmest30

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Go to the board of pardon.Put where ever you from ....example im from philly so i'll put Pa board of pardon.It's some information that can help you too get your record pardon,as long as you be out of trouble from some years.

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    psychgrad25

    about 6 years ago

    6 comments

    This is something that I think I can do. I am currently taking steps to get into an accelerated program so that I can get right to work as a registered nurse. I have only found one school that offers an accelerated program, but am looking for more to apply to so that my chances of being accepted are increased.

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    sharmin

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    i have been a cna for sometime now and my dream is to be a registered nurse but i am constantly being told that i cannot due to the fact of my criminal background (felony). being that nursing is my dream and this is something that happened 9 years ago and i would love to make it my career what am i to do any advice please feel free to contact me at sharmin_w@yahoo.com

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    heebes743

    about 6 years ago

    22 comments

    I am currently three months into my accelerated nursing program at the University of Oklahoma and I LOVE it!!! At least for ours, there are one or two completely online courses per semester, so if you think that would not be a problem, then go for it! I'm so glad I am!

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    jorjasmith

    about 6 years ago

    10 comments

    This is right up my alley...I'm currently waiting on a response from one of the schools I applied to so hopefully, I will have great news to share with you all at the end of next year.

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    Odessa

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

    Tis is exactly what I am planning on doing! I have a teaching degree and 20 years experience in special education. Now I want to follow my childood dream of being a nurse. I have already looked into programs like this in Portland, Oregon and I am on track with classes and GPA. I am so stoked!

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    Stormy

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    The idea of rounding out my BA-Bio with a 1-yr RN is appealing. BUT, if there is a specified trac for coupling it w a Masters in Forensic Sciences (either molecular pathology or biophysio-psych) then I am so there!! Any thing like this in Texas?

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    shirllinda

    about 6 years ago

    10 comments

    I am just thrilled about the idea of an accelerated nursing program. Imagine, the nursing shortage will be taken care of in no time.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Say, send me the california list as well ( luckyinlove2020@hotmail.com) Thanks!

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    melly_may27

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Program in CALIFORNIA??????

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    reitaregina

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    can i find such program in ny. i have a BS majoring in health sciences

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    jazzyj

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

    I think the absn programs are great. Can you please provide a list of programs in CA

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