Not to beat a dead horse but ...

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    I have been accepted to a great nursing school, BSN program. They have a 100% NCLEX pass rate. However, it is a private, catholic college which means tuition is not inexpensive ($6k/semester - $36k total). After the initial high of being accepted wore off reality hit and I am rethinking my decision to attend this college. So my other options are a top ranked (nationally) ADN program (5 semesters) or a state school BSN program (6 semesters) that has a mediocre reputation among local hospitals. If I were to do the ADN program I would immediately roll into an RN-BSN program, since I would have the money (not spent on the private school) and I would still be able to have my BSN within 3 years.

    So, I guess my question is ... is there any stigma associated with a RN-BSN program when applying for jobs or is a BSN a BSN no matter how you acheived it?

    Thoughts? Help! So stressed an anxious over this.
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    In my view, you will want to pursue the school which will better prepare you to take and pass the NCLEX.
    calivianya and xoemmylouox like this.
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    I say go for the ADN program that has a good reputation. Pass your boards and get your foot in the door by getting a job. Then, work on your RN-BSN. There will be no bad stigma. In the end you'll save money, have a job, AND be going for your BSN in the end. Good luck!
    Sammie7, 4boysmama, toomuchbaloney, and 1 other like this.
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    A BSN is a BSN. The best thing I ever did was getting my ADN first, getting a job in a MAGNET hospital that is now paying for my RN-BSN education. Do what works best for you. Make sure the school is accredited and have good nclex passing rates.
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    Quote from prnqday
    A BSN is a BSN. The best thing I ever did was getting my ADN first, getting a job in a MAGNET hospital that is now paying for my RN-BSN education. Do what works best for you. Make sure the school is accredited and have good nclex passing rates.
    This.
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    5+ years ago I would have said to get your ADN and then do an RN-BSN while working. However, a lot more hospitals are not interested in hiring ADNs. So depending on the job market in your area, you may have a lot of difficulty finding that first nursing job without a BSN.
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    Thanks guys. The ADN program had an NCLEX pass rate of 96.9% in 2012 and the graduates have a good reputation around town. I think I am going to put my app in for Spring... but in the meantime knock out one semester of non-clinical nursing classes at the private school because it is a "shoe in" and if by some weird twist of the tide I don't get into the ADN program I'm not stuck out in the cold.
    imintrouble and Esme12 like this.
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    Quote from keylimesqueez
    Thanks guys. The ADN program had an NCLEX pass rate of 96.9% in 2012 and the graduates have a good reputation around town. I think I am going to put my app in for Spring... but in the meantime knock out one semester of non-clinical nursing classes at the private school because it is a "shoe in" and if by some weird twist of the tide I don't get into the ADN program I'm not stuck out in the cold.
    It wouldn't really be a weird twist if you don't get accepted immediately into the ADN program. They are very highly valued by students due to the very same criteria - affordable tuition. They often have very long wait lists.
    imintrouble, KelRN215, LadyFree28, and 2 others like this.
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    Quote from klone
    5+ years ago I would have said to get your ADN and then do an RN-BSN while working. However, a lot more hospitals are not interested in hiring ADNs. So depending on the job market in your area, you may have a lot of difficulty finding that first nursing job without a BSN.
    I understand that ADNs are not desirable, which was why I chose the BSN in the first place. However, is it possible to roll straight into a RN-BSN program without first getting a job or is experience a criteria for applying?
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    Quote from keylimesqueez
    I understand that ADNs are not desirable, which was why I chose the BSN in the first place. However, is it possible to roll straight into a RN-BSN program without first getting a job or is experience a criteria for applying?
    Have you researched your local area as far as ADN/BSN employer preference? The BSN "push" is not happening in all areas, including mine.

    Yes, it is possible to go directly from an ADN program to a BSN completion program once you have your RN license. I did this at a state university. I suggest checking your local BSN program ADN-BSN admission requirements.


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