2 year or 4 year nursing school

  1. HELLO!!!!!
    I am a high school junior who is really looking forward in being a NICU or OB-GYN nurse. I have been on many job shadows in both areas. However as I am searching for college material I am trying very hard to decide whether or no to attend a 4 year or 2 year program. What would be your opinion on this topic? What are the benefits and/or pros and cons? Also if can recommend any good nursing programs in Oregon, please let me know. I hope to hear from you all!!!!
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  3. by   P_RN
    Hi Daisy and welcome. Sorry all I know about Oregon would probably fit on the head of the proverbial pin. So school recommendations will not be mentioned

    There is another thread here I think from yesterday or the day before about 2yr/4yr schools.

    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthre...threadid=10822

    I've been to all 3 kinds....2yr, 3 yr, 4 yr........

    P
  4. by   oramar
    A person your age would be better off going to a 4 year program providing you have 3 resources: the financial means, family support and access. If you have not got the money to pay for a four year school and the nearest 4 year shool is hunderds of miles away plus you are an orphan you will most likely have to take the shorter option.
  5. by   CarolineRn
    I agree with Oramar. Many ADN nurses do so just to get working quickly and then attend school part-time while working to get their BSN. If you can get it out of the way now, I strongly recommend doing so. Good luck to you!
  6. by   caringRNne
    Great! We need more nurses! I recently graduated from a two year program which actually was closer to three years after the general classes. It was nice to be done fast, but it is a lot of information in a short period of time. Life must be fairly simple. Packing four years of info into two is hard. We briefly touched subjects and some not even discussed at all. Do not get me wrong I would do it all again, but in those two years I hardly had a life it was intense to obtain the grades I wanted. Good Luck to you and your quest to become a fellow RN!!!
  7. by   Shannon13
    I am currently in a 4 year program(of course i have 5 kids- so i had no choice) I wish i had done a 2 year program for the mere fact i am exhausted!!!!!!!!!! and my brain is mush! you are young enough that a 2 year program would benefit you and most likely fit around your life( even though you won't have one- not matter how many years you go) well best of luck on your search.
    Shannon
  8. by   ArleneD
    I'm in a 2 year ADN program, but it actually takes 3 years because everyone takes their prereqs before tackling the 2 year nursing curriculum. If you have the option of attending a 4 year university for your BSN, my advice is GO FOR IT! If I had a choice, there would be no decision to make.
  9. by   Aerolizing
    Get your assoc degree then let your new employer pay for your schooling.
  10. by   Sharron Hickey
    Hi, was reading your request with interest.. In Australia, our training is slightly different than yours. I trained as an Enrolled Nurse, (Registered Nurse Division 2) because time and money prevented my taking the 3yrs course Hospital based. Now that I have the time (almost) and not so much of the money, I am studying for my BSN at Curtin University as an external student. I still work an 80 hour fortnight, study 4 units full time and look after my 80 year old mother full time. So if I were in your shoes, had the financial backing and family support I would go for broke and do the 4 year now while you are young. You wont, as others have told you, have much of a life duing that time but it will be worth it in the end. Dont leave it till later in your life as I have had to do because it is much harder. But hay, life is a challenge so go for broke kid. you will achieve. Kindest regards Aussie.
  11. by   Dyno
    Hey Aero, why should your employer be responsible for the cost of your education?, yes they may receive some benefits (if you stay on in that workplace), what if you move on , who benefits the? You ofcourse!
    Maybe some study days could be negotiated to assist your study but lets take responsibility for our own needs & wants.

    Just my thoughts from down-under..
  12. by   schmrock
    I am an ADN who has gone back to school to earn my BSN. If you have the opportunity to go to a 4 year school, I would do that. You are young and the world is at your feet. Grab ahold and take off. I think when you look back, you will be glad you decided on the 4 year school. I wish I had taken that road but hind sight is 20/20.

    Good luck to you!
  13. by   louiscpht
    Hi,
    just wanted to suggest that you look into the requirements to enter the BSN at the school of your choice. I live in California and so far the schools that I've looked into-UCLA and Cal State LA require that one already be a RN w/ 1 yr full-time experience before admission to their programs. So, I haven't any choice but to do 2 yrs first then pursue a BSN. Good Luck
  14. by   PhantomRN
    i would recommend that you go for your 4 year degree as well. get it done and over with.

    as one of the above posters stated you can do a 2 yr degree and then when you get out let your new employer foot the bill. however, just be aware many employers reimburse on average $1,000- 2,000 a year. usually there is stipulations on that money as well, such as you must be full time, (+32 hours) and the money is only for tuition (meaning they wont pay for books etc).

    so you could either be in school forever (at one- two classes a year), foot the bill yourself or do student loans.

    it is a big choice. good luck.
    Last edit by PhantomRN on Oct 19, '01

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