Accelerated Nursing Degrees

With the waiting lists at traditional nursing schools growing longer and longer, those who already have a bachelors degree are turning to an increasingly popular alternative: accelerated nursing degrees.

If you have a bachelors degree, even if it’s in an unrelated field, you can apply to a school that offers an accelerated nursing program to get your BSN (Bachelors of Science, Nursing).¬† Instead of taking two years, these programs typically take only about a year and a half to complete.

Before committing to an accelerated bachelors of science in nursing degree, you’ll want to consider both advantages and disadvantages.

The main advantage of course, is that you will graduate with a BSN degree, which also means you will command a higher salary than you would with a two-year associate’s degree in nursing. And of course, you get your degree in less time than it takes to get an ASN degree. In either case, you will get your RN – once you pass the NCLEX – but nurses with a bachelor of science degree typically earn higher wages.

One potential disadvantage is that accelerated degrees are by their nature very intensive programs, which usually rules out doing anything else – like keeping a job – while you are attending school. The work load is such that you will end up spending virtually all of your spare time studying. In fact, most accelerated degree programs won’t accept you, unless you sign a commitment saying you will not work while attending school.

There will be a tremendous amount of math and science related memorization, and frequent tests and clinicals.

Accelerated nursing programs are generally quite expensive as well; $30,000 to $50,000 tuition would not be unusual.

Of course, as an alternative to waiting years to get into a typical nursing  school program, an accelerated nursing program warrant serious consideration. You should at least talk to the admissions counselors with some of the nursing school programs that offer accelerated degrees.

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