Is an ADN (instead of BSN) a mistake if I then want to go to grad school for CNM?

  1. I want to become a CNM and I plan to continue my education with as few breaks as possible until I have achieved that goal.

    I currently have a non-nursing bachelors in the humanities so I'm starting from scratch. I'm 26 years old.

    In the interest of saving time and money, I have considered getting an ADN and then either doing an ADN-MSN midwifery bridge (like Frontier, for example) or doing an RN-BSN and then applying to grad school for midwifery.

    I know it's harder to get an RN job with an ADN instead of a BSN and I get why. And I know I'll need at least a bit of work experience before grad school, most likely, so getting the ADN vs. BSN would create an extra challenge getting that job. But would I still be making a career mistake getting the ADN instead of BSN if my ultimate goal is not to stop at nurse but to continue on with my education until I'm a certified nurse-midwife? I'm not wanting to take "shortcuts," but I'm an adult with a child and half my family's income, so I'm understandably eager to streamline my education process as much as it makes sense to. But I don't want to waste anymore time or money making poor educational decisions so I need input here. Been there done that several years ago, which is why I'm here now.

  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   meanmaryjean
    Do the ADN and then progress. It's not a barrier.
  4. by   klone
    My recommendation is to NOT do the ADN-MSN bridge at Frontier. Do an ADN-BSN program, and then apply to Frontier into the direct MSN program.
  5. by   ruby_jane
    Can you find a program that will turn your BA into a BSN? Many like this in Texas, all require butt-in-seat classwork but it's all hard-core nursing and not any of the humanities (which you already have, anyway). Good luck.
  6. by   K_NM_rn
    I would suggest going for the ADN first, but I suppose it depends on the job market in your city or state. Like you, I had a Bachelor's in another field, and I considered a "2nd degree" BSN program, but the waitlist was so long I decided to apply to a local community college ADN program. It was a faster route to RN, I got a hospital job fairly easily, and I was able to start my BSN online shortly after I started working. However, I've heard in some states it's almost impossible to get into a hospital without a BSN; if that's the case where you live, then yeah, look into the BSN.