Bsn prerequisites and doing ADN program

  1. Hey guys,

    Just curious, I have done all my prerequisites for the BSN program but I did not get into the program so I have decided to do the ADN program. Will I take the same time to finish as the others knowing that I only have the clinical portion to do? When I looked at the program, I discover that I have completed most of the corequisites for the ADN. I only have have about seven courses to do for the ADN. will the seven that are left tkae me 18 months to finish?

    Please reply, I need to know.

    Thank you.

    Ann.
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  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   missionnurse
    HI, Ann

    I think it depends on the program. In our school, you had to go through "program" as it was. We did all our pre/co requisites before the program or with the program up to a certain point.

    That meant that all our nursing program classes went in order and had to be taken as a progression, i.e. Fundamentals, then Med-Surg I, then Psych, then Med-Surg II, then Mother/Baby, then Med-Surg III, then Transition to Professional Nursing.

    You will probably have to ask the faculty in your program.

    Hope that helps some.

    Misty
  4. by   marilynmom
    I'm a sure it totally depends on the school. I am doing all my BSN pre-reqs as well and plan to apply to both the BSN program here and the ADN program and take which ever one accepts me next fall (hopefully the BSN but one never knows).

    Anyways, where I am both program last 2 years no matter if I have my pre reqs done or not since they schedual the clinicals per semester...does that make sense? It is stated that once you are accpeted you must follow the program in progression and in order. You will just have to check with your school.

    Are you going for your BSN as soon as you are finished with your ADN? Or are you going to wait a while? Just curious.

    Marilyn
  5. by   giftedRN
    I am planning to do my BSN part-time. When I am done with my ADN, I will start working and doing my BSN part-time.

    Thanks for asking.

    Ann.
  6. by   Forevermomof5
    Well I have to say something here. In Las Vegas (I'm not speaking for other states or programs) the ADN program is far better than the BSN.

    I could have chosen to go to either program and I chose the ADN. In our school, we do MORE clinicals than the BSN and they do more theory. Whenever we're in clinicals and we're paired up with an RN, the nurse has often asked what school I'm from. When I say Community College, the nurse always says "oh good, you guys are so much more prepared"

    Anyhow, to get the BSN online is pretty easy nowadays and one last note...in Nevada BSNs do not get paid a dime more. I think the hospitals here know of the training that the ADNs have.

    Thanks for letting me get my 2 cents in!
  7. by   RN2007
    I have also heard that as long as you are a RN, the pay is the same, regardles of whether you have a ADN or BSN . However, I have not gone through the actual nursing program yet, so I cannot say how hard my ADN program will be, I just know that now that I am 37, I am more mature now to go back to school and feel that I will enjoy it more and will get a lot more out of it now that I am married, calmed down, and more serious because it will be my long term occupation by choice. ...April
  8. by   giggles66
    Hi!

    I am 37 years old and I would like to get my BSN because I do not want to have go back to school once I get my RN Degree.
    I am the prerequisite coursework for a BSN, but I amy have to do a ADN because I am having trouble with the Intermediate Algebra I like math, but it does not like me. I started off not having a good foundation before I entered into college. I am plan to take courses that will transfer into both degree programs and try to take the Intermediate Algebra and Statistics in a semester or two. I am hoping to at least get my ADN. Though I may struggle academically I believe that I have the potential to become a RN.
    I am sorry that I sound and frustrated. Am I the only one who struggles academically ( exspecally math)with certain courses in this community? Good Luck To Everyone.

    Carmen
  9. by   marilynmom
    Originally posted by Forevermomof5
    Well I have to say something here. In Las Vegas (I'm not speaking for other states or programs) the ADN program is far better than the BSN.

    I could have chosen to go to either program and I chose the ADN. In our school, we do MORE clinicals than the BSN and they do more theory. Whenever we're in clinicals and we're paired up with an RN, the nurse has often asked what school I'm from. When I say Community College, the nurse always says "oh good, you guys are so much more prepared"

    Anyhow, to get the BSN online is pretty easy nowadays and one last note...in Nevada BSNs do not get paid a dime more. I think the hospitals here know of the training that the ADNs have.

    Thanks for letting me get my 2 cents in!
    I have heard that as well....that some ADN programs have better clinical time than BSN. I dont know if that is true here or not where I live, but it is a good point. I will more than likely be starting my ADN next fall and then after than getting my BSN. Here once you have all your BSN pre reqs done you can do a RN-BSN program that only takes 9 months (once night a week and the rest is online/satelight). To me that sounds more workable though I definately want to get my BSN for sure.

    Marilyn
  10. by   cynsyn
    My BSN program will allow ADN students transfer in during 4th semester, provided they have completed the prereqs for our program and have a 2.75 GPA in the last 30 units. So, the ADN student will do 4th and 5th semesters with us and graduate with us provided they have completed their GE requirements. It's actually much easier to do it this way and a lot of people who know about it try to do it. (Our RN-BSN program is 12 -18 months.) Check with the BSN program you are considering to see if this is a possibility.

    As for our program, we have the same clinical hours that the ADN programs have. The difference is we have research classes, 2 semesters of preceptorship, and a community project that takes 2 semesters.
  11. by   Forevermomof5
    What I would give for only 2 semesters of a community project! We started our community project last fall (1st semester) and we will finish it next spring (4th semester). It is absolutely the biggest time waster.

    We also do a preceptorship. Ours is only one semester though.
  12. by   LeesieBug
    Just curious, what does this "community project" involve? I don't think we have this in our BSN program.
  13. by   giftedRN
    This is the first time I am hearing about the community project. I am curious too. I have looked at the ADN program here and never saw that as a part of the program.

    I am very anxious to start in fall but i am still waiting on the letter for the orientation. These people take very long to send information to students. Let me hope that all is well to start in Fall.

    Ann.
  14. by   Forevermomof5
    Our communtiy project starts off with everyone picking a group of 5-6 people and then picking an area of Las Vegas. During our first semester we assess our target area and do a huge paper on demographics, what the problems in our area are, etc. In the second semester, we pick a group in our target area that we can do teaching to. Our group picked an area that has a lot of hispanics. In Las Vegas it is typical for hispanics to not get prenatal health care and to just "drop in" the hospital to have a baby. Then in the third semester we address our target group and do teaching. The fourth semester we follow-up with the target group.

    Our school call this class "Professional Topics" and it is 2 credits

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