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Traditional Versus Accelerated BSN: Which is Right for You?

Posted by Elizabeth Billington on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Today’s job market can be challenging. However, nursing continues to be one of the most in-demand careers available. If you already have a degree but are interested in switching to a career in nursing, you have options.

At Nebraska Methodist College, interested students can choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) through either the college’s traditional or accelerated programs. While the pace of Nebraska Methodist College’s traditional BSN is what you’d expect in a four-year setting, the college’s Accelerated Community-Based Education (ACE) nursing program puts students on the fast track to their new nursing career. Through the ACE program — which is for those students who have already earned a previous associate’s or bachelor’s degree — students with can earn their BSN in just 15 months.

ACE vs Traditional

Here are a few questions you should ask yourself when deciding between the two programs:

  • What level of time commitment can I make to earning my degree? 

In either program, earning your BSN degree requires a significant time commitment in terms of attending class, studying course materials and participating in clinical experiences. However, because of its fast pace, the ACE program requires a greater time commitment from students than the traditional BSN. Students in the ACE program should be prepared to devote hours comparable to a full-time job to their coursework for the 15 months of the program.

  • Can I have a fulltime job while I earn my degree?

While students in the traditional program are able to have jobs outside the classroom, Nebraska Methodist College recommends students in the ACE program not have a job because of the commitment the program requires.

  • What kind of learner am I? 

Both programs require students to have strong learning skills, but if you are able to assimilate and demonstrate new knowledge and skills at a fast pace, the ACE program might be right for you.

 

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Topics: healthcare education

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