Comparing Accelerated Nursing Programs
If you are looking to get into the nursing field, but feel that you need to get it done as quickly as possible, try checking into accelerated nursing programs online. Due to technology as well as cultural changes, more and more colleges and universities are expanding their nursing departments to include distance learning. So much so that it is no longer unusual to earn an online nursing PhD degree as well.
One of the most impressive is the Duquesne University School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. So, without having to leave your home, with the exception of one week per year just prior to Thanksgiving, you may attend this Ivy League university.When searching for a school, especially one that is accelerated, do not assume that all programs online are fast track, because many are not. Many distance courses take an entire semester to complete – just as if you were attending a traditional campus. One of the benefits to distance learning is the convenience of being able to work from home and usually on your own time. Some courses do require live online participation, but that is not the case with all classes all of the time. In other cases, online education affords a student the ability to attend a school that might be very far away without leaving their home, such as in the case of Duquesne.On the other hand, not all accelerated programs are offered online, as in the case of Columbia University.
However, if you are looking towards earning an advanced degree, their program may be exactly the kind for which you are looking. Also, if you are already working as a nurse, but only hold an Associate’s Degree, there is an option available at Columbia, which gives students the opportunity to simultaneously earn both a bachelors as well as a Master’s Degree. Their accelerated program is called the BS/MS Entry to Practice (ETP) program and is part of the Columbia University School of Nursing, whose faculty is comprised of internationally renowned teachers, scholars, and researchers.Applicants may only file their application online for the Combined BS/MS Program (ETP) program. All supporting documents and financial aid applications must be received by November 17 (check website for current year’s deadlines). The program begins in the summer semester – late May/early June. You may also wish to contact the director, Karen Desjardins, MS, MPH, DrNP, with questions relating to the Combined Entry to Practice program.Columbia University School of Nursing is part of the Columbia University Medical Center, a name that certainly will lend prestige to your resume. Columbia is distinguished by the clinical excellence of its programs, and their nursing program is no different.
If you live outside of the U.S., the Columbia School of Nursing is a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for International Nursing Development, so you may be eligible to attend. It so happens that the Combined BS/MS accelerated nursing program is also offered as an exchange program. As of the writing of this article, the program at Columbia is currently available throughout Central and South America, Africa, Europe, and the Pacific Rim.For more information about Columbia’s and Duquesne’s accelerated nursing programs, please contact the appropriate Office of Admissions as early as possible.