RN to NP Nursing Question?

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Answer #1 | 19/12 2013 11:22
This question made me think and verify a few things. My initial answer was that you *must* have your BSN before NP school will accept you. But, then I wondered if you could have any BA and an ADN and get in. UCLA requires a BSN. OHSU is the same. So is Florida. I'm not going to sit here all day and look schools up, but you are more than welcome to. The info seems to be on the main page of the NP program or in the 'admission requirements' program. I can't imagine any program will admit anyone without any BA/BS at all, but there could be exceptions that I can't fathom. There may be some ADN/RN to APRN programs out there that get you your BSN and then your APRN, but I'm note sure. Usually they are BA/BS (non-nursing) to MSN. As far as your professors, Florida International University offers a program specifically for foreign trained physicians that combines the BSN with the APRN/MSN, so these things are out there.
Answer #2 | 19/12 2013 12:25
Great question! I graduated nursing school with a BSN and I am 100% sure you have to have a BSN (it has to be a bachelors in nursing) in order to go on and obtain a MSN (masters in nursing) which after completing will allow you to take the AANP exam to become licensed as a NP. I know it stinks especially since you already have a bachelors in another field. However, you should check into RN-BSN programs (program for ADN nurses to become BSN nurses) that take 1 year and you can do it online. Below are great articles on the educational requirements to become a NP & about ADN vs BSN.
Answer #3 | 19/12 2013 13:04
Having a BA in another field is not the same as having a BSN. You would need your BSN.
Answer #4 | 19/12 2013 16:54
My niece went to UCLA for a science degree (public health or something), and she went to SF and was accepted to RN / NP program. It took years, but technically I suppose it is possible. Why don't you get ABSN then MSN / NP?
Answer #5 | 19/12 2013 21:13
Some programs do have an ADN to MSN program, however they usually require a year of experience before you can even apply. Then there are some programs that will take you for their MSN programs. It really just involves searching as much as you can. Frontier requires one year of experience.

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