If you’re thinking about going back to school to become a nurse, you’re probably familiar with terms such as baccalaureate nurse, nursing prerequisites and hospital clinical rotations. But Direct Entry Nursing Program isn’t as straightforward. How is it different from an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program? Which type of degree is awarded? What’s the impact on your nursing career?
The biggest difference between an accelerated BSN program and a Direct Entry Nursing Program is the scope. A BSN focuses on an undergraduate curriculum that prepares you to sit for the NCLEX and obtain a variety of nursing jobs at hospitals, physicians’ offices, schools, research clinics and any other setting that requires knowledge of patient care. A Direct Entry Nursing Program like Northeastern’s includes a BSN curriculum as well as a master’s degree component. The combination of baseline theory and advanced clinical concepts grooms you for specialized and administrative positions in those same healthcare environments, improving your job prospects and increasing your salary potential.
The Direct Entry Nursing Program at Northeastern also provides a seamless progression from BSN coursework to master’s degree preparation – one application process for two nursing degrees! This isn’t the case in every program. Many schools don’t confer a BSN through Direct Entry, only a master’s degree, even though the curriculum covers both.
Many Direct Entry Nursing Programs evolve your nursing education beyond general practice by including a master’s degree in a particular area of clinical study. Specialties vary from program to program; at Northeastern, you can choose from Neonatal Nurse Practitioner or Nursing Administration/Leadership and Policy. The administrative track is especially versatile and prepares you for the business side of health care, including case management, informatics, finance, research applications and law.
Because Direct Entry at Northeastern confers a BSN after 16 months, you can sit for the NCLEX, earn your RN license and obtain an entry-level job at the same time you’re working on your master’s degree. The ability to gain real-world experience before you officially complete the program adds valuable perspective to your graduate-level learning that you can’t get from a direct entry program that only awards a master’s degree. Pulling an RN salary while you finish doesn’t hurt, either.
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