Nursing Programs.. and Confusion

  1. Hi to all out there!
    I am a pre-nursing student, working on all my pre-req's to get into a Nursing program.
    Although I know I want to go to any BSN programs of my choice schools, I am not opposed to any Associates programs either (Beggars can't be choosers, right?)

    I am confused though.. I was talking to a NP, she was telling me the BSN route was a great route and if not the best to go.
    **But my question is...
    Once you get into a BSN program (after all the pre-reqs are completed) How soon into your BSN coursework can you apply/take the test for your RN licensure??
    Or do you have to graduate with your BSN degree first and then you are eligable to take your test for your RN licensure?
    I'm sort of confused, because once you start the BSN program, it usually can take 2-2.5 years to finish with your coursework,clinicals,ect. The NP I was talking to was trying to explain this to me, yet I had never heard of anyone telling me this.
    So theoretically wouldn't that mean after your first year of BSN coursework, you would be eligable to take your RN licensure test? (because the first year is basically ADN half of your course work, if I am not mistaken)
    Please help me be more educated about this whole system! I am confused!
    I am really trying to transfer to UNLV for my BSN.
  2. 2 Comments

  3. by   NIGHTWOLF87
    the difference between a bsn and an adn nursing degree is that that bsn requires 2 years of basics or prerequisite coursework, i.e. english, history, political science, etc. this is supposed to give the student a more rounded education, and then the last 2 years of just nursing courses. the adn skips the first 2 years of basics, mostly, and once you are accepted, the program takes just 2 years. in order to sit for the nclex, you must graduate from an accredited school. that is if you want to wait to become an rn. you can possibly do the lvn "spin off" which means, once you finish your first year of nursing school, you can take the nclex for the lpn/lvn and become a nurse and continue working towards your rn. the bsn better prepares you (supposedly) for management opportunities, while the adn tends to focus on skills (at least that is what i have seen here locally between the community college and 4 yr university). i went ahead and got my bsn in 4 years by taking my basics at the local community college (cheaper!) and then transferring to the nursing program at the university. whatever you decide to do, good luck and study hard!
  4. by   caliotter3
    You take the NCLEX at the end of your program, after graduating, generally. My BSN program, at one time, allowed students to take the NCLEX-RN after completion of 75% of the program, but they stopped that practice when I was in the program (almost 20 yrs ago!). You should inquire of any program you are interested in to see if early testing is allowed.