Hey all, I'm a freshmen in college planning on getting my BSN, but just recently found out you can first get your ADN then later take more classes and get your BSN.
What are the pros and cons of each? I'm guessing that both take the same amount of time, but is one more difficult then the other?
I was also looking at the online ADN to BSN programs and was thinking how cool it would be to work as a nurse while I get my BSN. Anyone have any experience with this?
I'm just starting my research but if anyone has anything else to add feel free.
Oct 1, '06
Hi! They both are very difficult programs, both graduate and take the same NCLEX. However, the BSN has more co-req courses that ADNs don't take you would take later in an ADN to BSN program like research, community health, pathophys., pharmacology, leadership among others depending on where you go to school.
The BSN might be slightly more time consuming in this respect.
The advantages are many employers have tuition reimbursement and you can get help to pay for it. My employer is paying $2400 per calender to me. Also, you can work full time while going ADN to BSN.
The disadvantages is time lost. ADN programs nowadays require so many pre-reqs that it takes about 3 years to get. Then add another 18 to 24 months on top of that to finish your BSN.
Also you might find yourself like me, getting involved in working, making money, other priorities, working overtime, and finding yourself 47 years old and wanting a BSN.
My advice would be to get the BSN now, if you have that opportunity since that is your goal.
But the ADN route is a good way to go. You have to decide what's best for you, your budget, and your lifestyle situation.
BTW, at first there is no pay difference between ADN and BSNs, or maybe a small differential. The BSN offers advantages later on down the line.
I am currently taking my RN to BSN 100% online and loving it. It's an NLN-approved program, tough and demanding and I'm learning a lot. I love the convenience of doing it online.
Last edit by Tweety on Oct 1, '06