I am about to graduate from a university with a Bachelors in Psychology and a Bachelors in Spanish. I would really like to go into nursing. I've already been accepted into a school where I will get my RN/BSN in a short amount of time, but it is kind of expensive. Since I already will have 2 bachelors degrees, would it be better for me to just go through an ADN program that would be cheaper? Eventually, I would like to go through a MSN or DNP program to be a nurse practitioner and I've looked and they all say to have a BSN or your ADN with a previous bachelors, but I'm wondering if it'd look better that I went to a nice school for BSN instead of a community college for ADN. I'm just trying to decide what would be better for my career in the long run. I'm trying to factor in money, but loans are an option. Please help!!!
Nov 22, '10
by iPink, BSN, RN
[partial quote] "...but I'm wondering if it'd look better that I went to a nice school for BSN instead of a community college for ADN."
OP, I don't want you to demean ADN programs. I know way too many smart nurses who have their ADNs.
You don't have to have a BSN to get into MSN programs. There are many career changers who decided to do the Direct-Entry MSN program than an Accelerated BSN. In fact, there are Universities in my area that offer it. These programs are only offered to students with at least a bachelors in a non-nursing field.
If price is your biggest factor, than go for the ADN and then bridge to an RN-to-MSN later. I personally prefer the ABSN programs, because for me, I'll finish quicker taking that route. It would have been a total waste of time and money to get an ADN (sorry ADNers). Later, I'll specialize as an FNP.
Another note regarding ABSN programs. Many recruiters will highly suggest you not work during the program, however, there are some students who was able to work full or part time and successfully complete the program. It all depends on if you can handle it.
Good luck to you.
Last edit by iPink on Nov 22, '10
Nov 22, '10
I faced this two years ago. The Associates and Bachelors were almost equal in duration (about 15 months). It was also a wash in terms of prerequisites required. I went ahead and got the BSN.
Right now in my area (Central Florida), BSNs are getting interviews and offers. The only Associates that are getting in that I've seen are ones that already had a previous deal worked out with the hospital.
There is a difference between a bargain and a value.
Last edit by TheLastTime on Nov 22, '10