RN to BSN question

  1. Okay, this might seem like a stupid question, but I want to make sure that I have it straight. There are RN to BSN programs that take like 1yr-1 1/2 yr to complete....but in order to do those and have the BSN, I also have to complete all the other general education crap (math, history) that I did not need to have my ADN....is this correct? So if this is the case, it would actually take about 2 1/2 yrs to complete since I have not taken history,ect. What's the deal? If I had realized that I probably would have just gone straight for the BSN....4 yrs vs 5+ for the same degree? YIKES!
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   michelle95
    Don't feel bad...at least you got your ADN first. By the time I go from LPN-ADN-BSN...I'll have had 9 semesters of nursing school...no to mention all the pre-reqs.

    It's a good thing that I like school. :chuckle
  4. by   NursesRmofun
    Thinking of doing an online RN-to-BSN program. Fulltime, it is one year, supposedly....And about $6-7,000, I think.
  5. by   JoyjoyRN
    Quote from lilbiskit78
    Okay, this might seem like a stupid question, but I want to make sure that I have it straight. There are RN to BSN programs that take like 1yr-1 1/2 yr to complete....but in order to do those and have the BSN, I also have to complete all the other general education crap (math, history) that I did not need to have my ADN....is this correct? So if this is the case, it would actually take about 2 1/2 yrs to complete since I have not taken history,ect. What's the deal? If I had realized that I probably would have just gone straight for the BSN....4 yrs vs 5+ for the same degree? YIKES!
    Yes, for a Bachelor's degree, the first two years are general education subjects, math, english, literature, etc. Most RN-BSN programs are 1 year, but prerequisites are necessary. My advice is to get those out of the way first so you can concentrate on the nursing curriculum. At most colleges you can challenge or CLEP a lot of these general subjects. That will save you time, money, and effort.
  6. by   SCRN1
    Quote from michelle95
    Don't feel bad...at least you got your ADN first. By the time I go from LPN-ADN-BSN...I'll have had 9 semesters of nursing school...no to mention all the pre-reqs.

    It's a good thing that I like school. :chuckle
    I'm just curious how it works there. Broken down, how many nursing semesters for each will you have had to get? I'm considering going back to school to get either my BSN or Masters. I have only gone the ADN route and that was 6 semesters of nursing, plus 3 of the regular academic ones...so 9 in all so far.
  7. by   Katnip
    Be careful with the CLEP. Most colleges have limits on how many they will accept for credit. Also, If you CLEP the freshman English-covers Eng I and II, they will usually only give credit for one semester's worth, so you'll need the second semester anyway.

    If you're going to take CLEP exams make sure you're taking the right type. It's been too long since I've done it, but I remember two types...General and Subject, I think. Most universities will only take one of them, I think it's subject. But it IS a good way to get credit for at least a few prereq courses.

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