Have you heard about or are you considering accelerated nursing programs? These programs are perfect for those that want to advance their degree in nursing but who don’t want to drag out the process over many years. It is easy to become discouraged when you’re trying to finish your degree and it takes years and years, and many abandon their original plans for an advanced degree because of this. However, going through any number of accelerated nursing programs can mean getting that master’s or certification in much less time than imagined. But are you ready for these programs? While they offer something of a shortcut to your goals, there are also many expectations to consider so that you know if you’re a good candidate for them. Let’s take a look at what we mean by this.
Those accelerated nursing programs will get you to your educational goals sooner than other programs but that doesn’t mean there is less work involved with them. It simply means that the work moves at an accelerated pace! Often there is no break between courses and the workload is much larger than with other courses. You may also find that you’re required to work in study groups outside of class as these groups may count toward classroom hours. To succeed in accelerated nursing programs, you need a schedule and a work ethic that can handle these requirements. Thinking you can work at your own pace is going to be a mistake. That workload can be very demanding and you need to be ready to meet those demands.
Most accelerated nursing programs are meant for those that already have a bachelor’s degree and are looking for a master’s or for a particular certification, or are looking to go from a bachelor’s degree to becoming a registered nurse. Therefore it’s very important that you understand you ultimate educational goals when considering accelerated nursing programs. Because of the pace at which they move and the demands put upon you, they’re not something to be taken lightly as if they’re an easy way or a shortcut around other requirements. It would be better to investigate these classes carefully and to measure them against your current situation and against what you want to accomplish, and then carefully make a decision about whether or not you want to go forward with such a program from there.