Hi, I am 43 years old and am considering going back to school
to become a RN......There are two schools
a BSN degree and the other a Associate in Nursing degree
which I am told will still allow me to become a RN......I would
be going to school part-time and would rather take the quickest
route which I assume would be the associate degree.......My
question is, does it matter what your degree is as long as
you are a RN........As far as getting hired, pay rates, etc......?
I also have a BS degree in another unrelated field back in 1984.
The BSN college does not seem to be transferring many of the
credits.......I sure would hate to repeat alot of those general
Also, I live in N.C......Thanks for any info.......
Sep 18, '01
I was in kind of a similar situation when I went back. Already had a Bachelor's in Business Administration and 15 credits toward an MBA done.
The big difference that I have seen in that you kind of need the BSN if you are going to get beyond the hands on floor nursing into any type of more supervisory or administrative work or specialized work. Much depends on your long term goal, which is hard to know when you haven't even entered the field yet. No difference in pay here between ADN and BSN.
There are many programs out there to help you get that BSN once you already have your ADN so you can work on finishing it after you have your ADN, if you still desire to do that. So far, I haven't found a need to.
I think you may want to talk to people in your area about the graduates of each program. The quality varies greatly. There are three nursing programs
(2 ADN and one BSN) in my area and the amount of respect for them is very different. So, in essence, see if you can determine which will give you the highest QUALITY education.
Last edit by aimeee on Sep 18, '01