Online FNP programs without GRE prerequisites are a great alternative for registered nurses to obtain an advanced degree without having to take and pass the clinical test administered by the American Board of Family Practice. The online FNP programs are also ideal for nurses who have taken the state board's exam, but need to receive their degree from a non-public institution because of financial reasons. There are several types of online FNP programs, including the RN to MSN (R) programs and RN to BSN (B) programs.
The RN to BSN programs offer the highest percentage of completion of an online degree, with over 90%. Those in the RN to BSN programs complete their degree in four years, on average, and can be completed in less than two years.
When looking for the best online RN to BSN programs, it is important to consider the number of hours required, the number of credits required, and if any part of the program requires that you work while in school. If you do not already have a BSN, it is also important to look for RN to BSN programs that can be completed within six to eight semesters at a school that does not require that you work while in school.
Many RN to BSN programs offer the opportunity for students to earn either their Associate of Science or Bachelor of Science in Nursing with little or no clinical experience at all. The Associate of Science in Nursing is usually three years, and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing is usually four years. The clinical experience requirement is generally two years and can be completed through on-campus or distance education programs. Earning the Associate of Science or Bachelor of Science in Nursing without the clinical component is not advisable, as these degrees will not be accepted into the RN to BSN programs.
If you already have a BSN, you may consider a distance learning or online RN to BSN program to complete your degree. This is a good choice for those who are not sure if they will earn the degree by enrolling in the traditional program, and also is an excellent option if you wish to earn both a BSN and a Master of Science degree from the same institution.
The American Association for Retired Persons (AARP) has created an application called the BSN/MSN program, which is designed to help RNs who wish to earn a BSN, but who are not currently registered in a traditional program find an accredited institution that will accept their application. If you are an RN and have not yet earned . . . . . . a BSN, you may consider enrolling in a Distance Learning or Online RN to BSN program in order to finish the degree without taking any clinical experience.