I'm finishing up my BS in general biology right now and am thinking about getting into an ADN program, but I'm seeing posts about how many hospitals prefer BSN over ADN, which is kinda discouraging. Considering how expensive college is getting, and having barely making it through 4 years of theory (my GPA is not exactly the best, which is why I'm not going to grad school like the majority of students on my campus ==), the last thing I wanna do is go through another BS program. However, I feel like I am capable of going through an ADN program since it'd be less theory and more hands-on learning that's actually directly related to the job, which I well prefer. So I'm wondering if a BS in a related field would still count towards anything in terms of recruitment when the current job market prefers candidates w/ a BSN? And does anyone know if most hospitals in California only take BSN graduates instead of ADN?
This may be a bit off-topic (or forum, for all that matters), but I'm also considering programs for Occupational Therapy Assistant and Respiratory Therapy, so if anyone knows anything about how well these professions do in California (in terms of job opportunities/outlook), that'd be great too!
Jun 15, '12
by Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
Unfortunately, an ADN with a BA or non-nursing BS is not considered the same as having a BSN, since you probably didn't cover nursing theory, community nursing, research, etc. in your BA/BS program
A lot of hospitals out here are Magnet or trying for it, and so they strongly prefer BSNs. ADNs do get hired, but often they are internal employees of a facility, already enrolled in the RN-BSN program, or networked like crazy during their clinical rotations. I'm a ADN/BA who was able to get hired at a major hospital in CA...but I'm also an ADN/BA in a RN-BSN program, and also with experience and specialty certification, so that helped a lot (whew!)
Since you're going to have a BS shortly...have you considered an accelerated or second-degree BSN program? Time-wise they're about the same as an ADN program, maybe a little longer.
Last edit by Meriwhen on Jun 15, '12