Originally Posted by goodygumdrops
I am in the beginning stages of figuring out Nursing programs and prereqs. There are two programs near my home, one is RN and other is BSN. I spoke with an adviser at the university and she recommended that I apply for the Accelerated BSN program. It's a highly intensive 1 year nursing degree for students that hold a degree in another field.
So, lay it on me. Am I crazy to try and do 9 classes(mostly sciences) by May 2010
I am currently in the middle of an Accelerated BSN program. My program is 16 months long and I'll be finished in December. So, if you have any questions about it, please ask away! First, I wanted to clear up something. This might be a typo, but you said that one program near you was an RN and one was a BSN. They are not separate things. Perhaps you meant ADN (an associate's degree) and a BSN? But, an associate's degree prepared nurse and a bachelor's degree prepared nurse are both RNs. We take the same licensing exam and everything. At the end of my program, I'll be an RN, BSN. A person with an associate's will be a RN, ADN. Both registered nurses.
Now, on to talking about Accelerated BSN programs...I'll tell you that it is pretty intense. Those 9 mostly science prereq courses that you need to do in the next year will be probably less hectic than the ABSN schedule once you start it.
A semester for us is 8 weeks long. The accelerated part means that we squish 2 semesters into one. On one day this semester, I am in class from 8 in the morning til 1 pm, and then at the hospital from 2:30 til 10 pm. That is not the usual, but it can happen and you have to be prepared for long hours of both class, hospital time, and studying.
And, as a previous poster mentioned, if you do start the ABSN, you will need very reliable childcare and childcare that will take your kid even when he/she is ill. With our program, there is a $50 charge if you miss ONE clinical day a semester. No matter the reason. If you miss a second clinical day, it is $150, if you miss a third, you are out. And, the problem is, with the ABSN program, it is hard to even schedule a make up day because the schedule is so packed.
I'm not saying this to discourage you. An accelerated program can be a great way to get your BSN. And, many parents make it work. I don't have kids yet, and I am in awe of my fellow students who do have kids. There are only a few of them and I would bend over backwards to help them out because I admire what they are doing so much.
I would recommend that you ask to speak to a current ABSN student at your school so you can get a true picture of their schedule to see if you can make it work.
Good luck and feel free to pm me if you have more questions!