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Paths to Nursing (Post-Graduate Students)


Although the same paths of entry that are available to undergraduates are available to post-grad students, post-graduate students have a unique set of opportunities available to them to help them enter the nursing profession. The two paths of entry are the accelerated BSN program or the graduate pre-specialty program also known as the direct entry MSN program.


Its basis is on the increasing emphasis on preparing nurses at the bachelors level or higher. These programs build on previous learning experiences from different fields of interest and disciplines as it is geared towards non-nursing graduates. It provides a way for individuals with undergraduate degrees in other disciplines to transition into nursing.

According to the AACN, the typical second-degree nursing student is motivated, older, and has higher academic expectations than traditional entry-level nursing students. Accelerated students excel in class and are eager to gain clinical experiences. Faculty find them to be excellent learners who are not afraid to challenge their instructors. Graduates of accelerated entry-level programs are prized by nurse employers who value the many layers of skill and education these graduates bring to the workplace. Employers report that these graduates are more mature, possess strong clinical skills, and are quick studies on the job.

Personally, seeing these programs pop up more and more has actually made me excited about the future of the nursing profession. The nursing profession has allowed so many ways for those have decided that nursing is the right career path of them to find a way to get into this profession and succeed in it. It provides them with further opportunities to thrive and grow as leaders in the profession.



Accelerated BSN (A-BSN)


Curriculum

  • Accelerated baccalaureate programs offer the quickest route to licensure as a registered nurse (RN) for adults who have already completed a bachelor's or graduate degree in a non-nursing discipline. Fast-track entry-level baccalaureate programs take between 11 and 18 months to complete, including prerequisites.


Advantages

  • Better job prospects (employers prefer/may eventually require BSN degree)

  • Knowledge of theory and clinical application in nursing

  • Offers the fastest route for post-grad nurses

  • Less expensive than MSN programs

Requirements

  • Bachelors degree (BA or BS accepted)

  • GPA 3.0 and above

  • Possible HESI/TEAS/ATI entrance exam

  • 2-3 Recommendation Letters

  • Resume

  • Interview (possible)

  • Relevant Work/Volunteer Experience preferred

Prerequisite courses such as:

  • Anatomy

  • Chemistry

  • Psychology

  • Sociology

  • Lifespan Development

  • Biology

  • Nutrition

  • Microbiology

  • Statistics


Direct Entry MSN (MSN-E) Program

Curriculum

  • The direct entry MSN is a plan of graduate study leading to a MSN, designed for people with no nursing background. Fast-track entry-level master's degree programs generally take about 3 years to complete. Some programs can even allow for direct entry into graduate specialties such as NP, nursing leadership, and nursing education


Advantages

  • Provides the best opportunities for advancements into leadership role

  • Easier transition into graduate specialties(Will generally require less time for furthering education)

  • Provides the most thorough and well rounded knowledge of all aspects of nursing

Requirements

  • Bachelors degree (BA or BS accepted)

  • GPA 3.0 and above

  • Possible HESI/TEAS/ATI entrance exam

  • 2-3 Recommendation Letters

  • Resume

  • Interview

  • Relevant Work/Volunteer Experience preferred


Prerequisite courses such as:

  • Anatomy

  • Chemistry

  • Psychology

  • Sociology

  • Lifespan Development

  • Biology

  • Nutrition

  • Microbiology

  • Statistics




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