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By: Erin Russell, RN, BSN, OCN

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“I, personally, didn’t want to be in school part-time chipping away at a degree,” Russell explains. “I basically put my life on hold, lived off of loans, earned my BSN, and was off to work all in under a year and a half.”

“Don’t do it unless you are ready for some seriously hard work,” Russell advises. “It can be very stressful and a lot is thrown at you at once.”

Accelerated MSN programs, also referred to as a direct entry MSN programs, offer another option for the student with a non-nursing BS to become a nurse. Like the accelerated BSN program, accelerated MSN programs give credit for previous applicable coursework and offer a fast-paced route to graduation. Although the lengths of the programs vary, they usually take three years to complete. The first year is normally devoted to the BSN portion of the program, while the second and third years are focused on the MSN portion of the program. It may be possible to complete the requirements for the BSN degree and sit for the registered nurse licensure exam before finishing the MSN portion of the program.

Due to the intensity of the programs, courses are often offered back-to-back without breaks. The rigorous schedule may preclude outside employment during your schooling, but scholarships may be available to help alleviate costs. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN) recently announced their intention to award $10,000 to 400 students entering accelerated programs who are traditionally underrepresented in the profession.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), there are currently 230 accelerated BSN programs and 65 accelerated MSN programs available in the United States today. Admission requirements, course pre-requisites and program design vary from school to school.

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