Bachelors or RN?

  1. hello

    This is a question for everyone on here since every one has experience on the healthcare field.

    I am currently a non-working licensed CNA. By non-working I mean that I am not in the healthcare field at this time. Before acquiring my CNA license i was in school for medical assisting. During the time off from school after getting my license I began to realize that I need to stay in school while Im still in the habit. I began to contemplate going to school for some form of nursing either LPN or RN but at the same time if I was to continue where I left off with medical assisitng it would only take me 1 year to get my bachelors in healthcare administration. So my question is whats the better choice, going on to get my bachelors which could potentially turn into my masters or finish off where my CNA license has left me?
    •  
  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   TazziRN
    I don't know but your title is a bit misleading.
  4. by   JeanettePNP
    Quote from TazziRN
    I don't know but your title is a bit misleading.
    Yeah, I thought it was going to be another BSN vs. ADN debate.

    As far as what direction your education should take... what are your interests? Is nursing something that excites you? Do you/would you enjoy health administration or is it something you would do because you have only one year left to complete the degree?
  5. by   sara29
    Quote from TazziRN
    I don't know but your title is a bit misleading.

    Oh let me clear it up. If I go to school for just primary nursing it would be an associates degree. if I continue where I left off with medical assisting and continue with that aspect I would earn a bachelors degree in healthcare administration. So i guess what Im asking is would an associates degree in nursing be good or would it be more beneficial to just obtain my bachelors degree ?
  6. by   blueyesue
    I think both are great. I am currently awaiting the ADN program, but may bridge into the BSN down the road. The BSN will offer you more varied opportunities I believe. Do what works best for you, and what interests you most.
  7. by   TazziRN
    It depends on what you want to do with your education. Do you want pt care and bedside nursing, or do you want to work in administration? If you want to take care of people you would be unhappy with a Bachelor's in healthcare admin, and vice versa.
  8. by   augigi
    Noone can advise which you'd prefer, obviously.

    However - I think if you are 75% of the way through a bachelor's degree, it may be foolish to give that up for a backwards step to ADN. If I were you, I'd investigate how many of my current Bachelor's credits could transfer to a BSN, or else finish my current degree and then do an accelerated RN after that, if you want to pursue nursing.
  9. by   sara29
    Quote from augigi
    Noone can advise which you'd prefer, obviously.

    However - I think if you are 75% of the way through a bachelor's degree, it may be foolish to give that up for a backwards step to ADN. If I were you, I'd investigate how many of my current Bachelor's credits could transfer to a BSN, or else finish my current degree and then do an accelerated RN after that, if you want to pursue nursing.
    Well since you mentioned the accelerated RN option, the college where I am pursing my bachelors just started a nursing program that will take 15 months instead a full two years, so it might be possible that some of my credits could transfer over to that program
  10. by   BSNtobe2009
    You mean colleges actually have a 4-year degree in Medical Assisting? I have never seen that.

    Are you sure it's not just a Healthcare Administration BS degree and they said that you COULD get a job as an MA?

    Many of us already have a BS on here...I'm getting my ADN and getting my BSN part-time after I get my RN...that will have me working and earning money while I finish up.
  11. by   BSNtobe2009
    Quote from augigi
    Noone can advise which you'd prefer, obviously.

    However - I think if you are 75% of the way through a bachelor's degree, it may be foolish to give that up for a backwards step to ADN. If I were you, I'd investigate how many of my current Bachelor's credits could transfer to a BSN, or else finish my current degree and then do an accelerated RN after that, if you want to pursue nursing.
    :yeahthat:
  12. by   sara29
    Quote from BSNtobe2009
    You mean colleges actually have a 4-year degree in Medical Assisting? I have never seen that.

    Are you sure it's not just a Healthcare Administration BS degree and they said that you COULD get a job as an MA?

    Many of us already have a BS on here...I'm getting my ADN and getting my BSN part-time after I get my RN...that will have me working and earning money while I finish up.

    No at the college i attend if you get your associates in applied science majoring in medical assisting and continue on then the next step would be a bachelors in healthcare administration

close