BSN Online

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by isellpower, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. isellpower

    isellpower New Member

    My wife has a BS Medical Technology from University of South Dakota and she is looking to get a BSN online. Locally they have a one year full time progam for people with health care realted BS's, but we have 3 young children and she would like to do it on line. Any suggestions?
  2. bazonkers

    bazonkers New Member

    Does she have her RN license? Most (if not all) online BSN programs that I am aware of require previous completion of the RN license. There is really no way to get all the clinical/hands-on experience from an online program. They are designed for nurses that have an RN but don't have a BS degree and would like to further their education.
  3. Ian Anderson

    Ian Anderson Active Member

  4. bazonkers

    bazonkers New Member

    You can apply to this program without an RN but you are limited to doing your clinicals at the following hospitals:

    Currently, clinical spots are only open at the following hospitals:

    * Cedars-Sinai Hospital – Los Angeles, CA
    * Fountain Valley Regional Hospital – Fountain Valley, CA
    * Riverside Community Hospital – Riverside, CA
    * Los Alamitos Medical Center – Los Alamitos, CA
    * Lakewood Regional Medical Center – Lakewood, CA

    Here are the requirements for admission to this program from the Excelsior website:

    "The baccalaureate program is open to registered nurses who have successfully completed the NCLEX-RN and have a current license to practice as an RN in the United States."
  5. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef


    If she has her RN, you have hundreds of options...if not, well, that's the first step. Once you have your RN, you can even jump over the BSN into master programs- but you need that RN first.
  6. japhy4529

    japhy4529 House Bassist

    She could try applying to the Excelsior ASN program. However, if she does not have direct experience in treating patients (e.g. experience as a paramedic, LPN, etc.), then the chances of being accepted are slim to none. Anyway, it doesn't hurt to call them up and ask.

    University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh offers a twelve-month, Accelerated Online Bachelor's to BSN program. The didactic courses are completed online, while the clinical rotations are completed at a site in your local community. The program requires three weeks in Oshkosh. There are also a number of required pre-requisite courses.

    In addition, your wife would need to have her CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant) certification, in order to be eligible for the BSN program. Perhaps there is a local CNA program that your wife could complete prior to applying to the above program. Just a thought.

    Best of luck.
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 17, 2009
  7. Delta

    Delta Active Member

    University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

    The 1 year BSN at University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh is a great find!
  8. AV8R

    AV8R Active Member

    Definitely a great find...what a great way to make a career change!
  9. japhy4529

    japhy4529 House Bassist

    Thanks. I know that there is at least one other program like this out there. I'm trying to remember the name of the school. Once I remember, I'll post a follow-up message in this thread.
  10. isellpower

    isellpower New Member

    She does not have her RN, but does work in the hospital lab. She actually makes as much and the nurses with the BSN's, but they get to work 3 12 hour days and get paid for 40 and she has to work 5 8 hour days. One of the local universities here has a 1 year full time program to get your BSN if you already have a BS in a medical field which she does. Just tough to do with 3 little kids. Thanks for all of the great replies.

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