ADN or BSN

  1. Okay, I know this topic has been brought up quite a bit, but I am having trouble making up my mind on this and I thought you guys could help. My ultimate goal is a BSN degree. However, I want to get into the nursing field sooner rather than later. Also, I don't want to go broke paying for tuition at a university. On top of that, I'm concerned that the BSN program will be so competitive that I won't be accepted. In your opinion, would I be better off getting an ADN degree and then taking advantage of tuition reimbursement for the RN to BSN bridge degree, or should I skip ADN altogether and just go for the BSN? Anybody have any opinions or past experiences with this??

    Valerie
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   lalajenn
    For me I wanted the ADN first because it is cheaper and also easier to get into and I heard we get a lot more hands on training. The BSN is much harder to get into around here. Eventually I will be doing the bridge from ADN to BSN and I heard that is easier to do then to jump into BSN right away.
  4. by   tattoochick
    You are just going to have to do what is best for you right now. I can't stress that enough. There is nothing wrong with going for ADN. I know a girl who got her ADN, has a great job supervising or something and makes $30/hr. I thought about switching to ADN about halfway during my first year of the BSN program. I didn't think I could handle it, but now I know I can. Anyone can. It is very expensive though, and I go to a private university. I have help though and I'll feel incredible to graduate from this school next May. Whatever decision you make will be the best!
  5. by   delirium
    Valerie:
    Hi. My ultimate goal is also a BSN. I am 24 years old (old for a student, but not for a student nurse), and I'm enrolled in an ADN program. I did this for several reasons: so I didn't have to go broke paying for school, and so I could enter the nursing field sooner. There are many many options to expand on your ADN degree and earn a BSN after you've graduated and achieved your RN licensure.
    It seems that ADN grads have more technical skills because we spend more time in clinicals than we do on theory. I'd like the BSN so I can eventually move into case management, or directing a unit.
    I can understand people who go straight for the BSN, because we ADNs probably spend a minimum of 3 years in school with the prereqs, and that degree is only one more year. But those are 4 very high priced years in my area, and I'd just as soon graduate, start working, then have my employer finance the rest of my education.
    Well, my employer is financing my education now, actually. Go figure.
    Just my opinion.
    Take care,
    MsP
  6. by   MandM
    I agree with these post. I am doing the ADN program first, that way I will be able to work and pay my way thru the BNS without taking on more loans. Also, I heard that most hospitals (at least where I am at) will help pay for your education if you work for them (that's fine with me!). As far as the ADN taking 3-4 yrs, well I am doing mine in 2 years. There are no summers off but we do have 1 month off between semesters. It is intense but it can be done.
    Good Luck with your decision!
    Mary
  7. by   snazzle
    I applied to a state university to obtain my BSN. I found out that after 2 years I am required to take the state boards an become a liscensed ADN. I have decided to save myself some cash. The ADN program at the college here was put in place by the state university,so all of my credits will transfer.It's alot cheaper and won't take as long. I'm going through a transitions course.
  8. by   crnasomeday
    MsPurp...I have just got to ask this. Where does everyone get the idea that ADN students spend more time in clinicals than BSN students do? I just don't see it. As a BSN student, we started our clinicals in semester five, and by the time I graduate, I will have spent approximately 1500 hours in clinical experience on top of 128 hours spent in labs learning technical skills. I'm very interested to know how much more clinical experience ADN students get. I compared our clinical classes to the classes at several ADN programs in this area and I still do not see it.
    As far as tuition for BSN programs goes...there are lots of ways to finance this endeavor. Student loans are one way, and after graduation, when those loans come due, many employers in this area have programs that put away $2 for every hour you work which can be used to pay back those student loans. That means, if you work full time, you could get about $320/month to pay off your loans. Not bad at all. That's way more than the monthly payment on most people's loans will be. Another option is working in a student nurse position while you're still in school. Most of the hospitals here also acrue that $2/hr while you're a studentin their employment, which can be put toward tuition and books each semester.
    Yet one more option is that several hospitals in this area will pay your tuition and fees plus books if you sign a contract stating that upon your graduation you will work for them for a minimum of 3 years. I'm not too enthusiastic about that one though. I want to go to graduate school, and promising three years to a facility without being certain that I would get the critical care experience I need there just isn't a good idea.
    Louise
    The Student Nurse's Study Lounge
  9. by   shyviolet78
    Thank you all for your input. After much thought, I have decided to stay on my BSN path. In my area, the ADN semesters consist of 8 credit hours each and the BSN semesters have 16 credit hours each. Same amount of clinical time though. I have learned also that a Perkins loan (need based) is up to 100% forgiveable by the gov't and also, many hospitals offer student loan repayment as a benefit to new grads. After completing all the prereq's, the BSN program is only 1 year longer than the ADN anyway. My husband made me an offer I couldn't refuse - he offered to let me quit my job and make cuts so we can get by on his salary, on the condition that I get the Bachelor's degree instead of the Associates. So, that really sealed the deal! Thanks for all the help and good luck in your classes!!

    Valerie

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