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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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    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

    over 5 years ago

    34 comments

    I'm in this exact predicatment...

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    tlarcher

    over 5 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

    almost 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

    almost 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

    almost 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

    almost 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

    almost 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

    almost 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

    almost 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

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Program in CALIFORNIA??????

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    reitaregina

    almost 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

    almost 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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    tiredofnursing

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I find that it isn't worth it. For about a buck more an hour... Why the expense? I have NO desire to be an "out of touch of reality managerial kiss butt." so why? Not cost effective in my case due to age etc...

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