Advice on degree

  1. Hello, I was wondering if any az nurses could give me advice about what degree I should pursue, Associate or BSN. I am currently taking my pre-reqs and was originally planning to go for my Bachelor's at ASU, but I'm considering doing Maricopa Community College program instead. I live in Mesa, and plan to work as a nurse in Phoenix/Scottsdale/Mesa area. Is there a difference in pay for BSN vs. Associate degree nurses? Do any of the hospitals offer tuition reimbursement for nurses who want to get their BSN?

    I've looked at the general boards on this topic, but wanted to get some info. that's specific to the Phoenix area.

    Thanks.
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   KBnursestudent
    Quote from bekah
    Hello, I was wondering if any az nurses could give me advice about what degree I should pursue, Associate or BSN. I am currently taking my pre-reqs and was originally planning to go for my Bachelor's at ASU, but I'm considering doing Maricopa Community College program instead. I live in Mesa, and plan to work as a nurse in Phoenix/Scottsdale/Mesa area. Is there a difference in pay for BSN vs. Associate degree nurses? Do any of the hospitals offer tuition reimbursement for nurses who want to get their BSN?

    I've looked at the general boards on this topic, but wanted to get some info. that's specific to the Phoenix area.

    Thanks.
    There is a difference in pay in know that. Not too much when you are inexperienced but the ones with a BA do get a little more. I would just go for it if you have the time and stuff. do it now.
  4. by   suzanne4
    Many hospitals have a tuition reimbursement program for nurses wishing to complete their BSN degree or go on to a MSN. The main thing to consider is which program can you get into quicker. The pay difference, when there is one, is only about $0.25per hour.........................just depends on what you want to do with your degree once you finish. Whether you get your BSN or ADN first, you will still sit for the same exam, there is no difference in that.
  5. by   leogoat
    Without a doubt, the BSN is the way to go. The only reason to pursue the ADN would be simply lack of finances. Although about half the nurses working today have ADN degrees, the more experienced nurses will always say, 'Get the Bachelor's - you'll be limited without it.'

    The bachelor's will also prepare you for management and a better future, more pay.

    The other route: get the ADN then don't wait too long before pursing
    RN to MSN degree. A lot of universities have this option. I think with the Associate degree and your RN license, you can go into this program and three years later have a master's degree!!
  6. by   Kabin
    It's harder and harder to get into the BSN programs so if you can get in now I'd do it.

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