If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve already decided that a career in nursing is in your future. And you’re making a smart decision — in 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked registered nurse (RN) #17 on their list of top 100 best jobs.
On a more local level, Michigan’s Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives listed RNs among the 50 most in-demand jobs with 3,372 projected annual job openings in the state through 2024.
Before deciding on a nursing program, you’ll want to understand the differences between Accelerated BSN vs. traditional BSN programs.
It’s also helpful to understand why a bachelor of science in nursing degree is so important to anyone planning for a lifelong career as a registered nurse. (Hint: If you don’t earn your BSN now, you’ll be required to do so eventually.)
According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, a survey of 515 nursing schools found that 43.7% hospitals and healthcare providers required nurses to have BSNs, and a whopping 78.6% expressed a strong preference for nurses with BSN degrees. These numbers will only go up as more and more hospitals and other healthcare providers focus on accreditation and achieving the coveted Magnet® status. (To learn more about this trend and the close relationship between baccalaureate nursing degrees and improved patient outcomes, read about the Institute of Medicine’s 80% by 2020 initiative.)
Whether you choose a traditional BSN program or an Accelerated BSN program, the goal is to set you up for a successful future in nursing by providing comprehensive training on topics such as:
Both modalities are subject to the same rigorous accreditation, testing, simulation lab, and clinical requirements. And regardless of the nursing program you choose, you must pass the NCLEX-RN® exam to become a licensed registered nurse.
So which pathway to a BSN is right for you?
The main difference between a traditional BSN and Accelerated BSN is the time it takes to earn a degree. Traditional BSN programs — like other bachelor’s degree programs — take four years to complete, whereas most Accelerated BSN programs take 12–24 months depending on prerequisites and program requirements.
This is in large part due to the educational experience requirements for each:
Traditional BSN and Accelerated BSN programs (sometimes referred to as “ground-based programs”) consist of the type of classroom lectures you would expect to find on any college campus — along with homework, exams, hands-on labs, and clinicals.
However, some ABSN programs, such as the one offered by Madonna University, take a different approach by blending online course instruction and homework assignments with in-person exams, skills and simulation labs, and clinicals.
Blended ABSN programs, like Madonna’s Accelerated BSN, offer the best of both worlds. Students still get the valuable hands-on experience only skills labs and clinical placements can offer, but enjoy the benefits and flexibility of online learning. Namely, interactive, online coursework:
Whether a traditional BSN or an ABSN program is best for you depends on a number of factors, including current education level, motivation, and whether you intend to hold a job while working toward your BSN.
If you can’t wait to become a nurse and meet the minimum credits required for an ABSN program or already have a non-nursing bachelors degree, an Accelerated BSN program may be the quickest path to your new career. However, if you do not have any college credits or plan to work while earning your degree, a four-year BSN program is your best bet.
If you are ready to start your nursing journey and have a non-nursing degree or a minimum of 60 credits from an accredited regional institution, Madonna University’s Accelerated BSN program in the metro Detroit area may be right for you.
As a Madonna ABSN student, you’ll benefit from our blended learning model, which offers:
Plus, with three start dates each year and no waiting list to get into the program, you can be on the road to an extraordinary life of service sooner than you might think.
Enrolling in Madonna University’s Accelerated BSN program begins with an admissions representative who will guide you through the admissions process. Whether you are unsure of how to go about fulfilling remaining prerequisites, are ready to enroll, or just want to know more about the program, an admissions representative can help.
Talk to an admissions representative today at 844-319-2107 to jumpstart your future in nursing with an ABSN education from Madonna University.