Oh my gosh, I am really confused now! I returned to college this semester after being out for ten years, hoping to become a nurse. I am still confused as to the differences of an ADN, BSN, RN, and LPN. I am attending a college and will get my BSN, but isn't that an RN? Man, I was reading some old posts trying to figure it all out, and I know even less now! What I guess I really want to know is, what can an RN do that an ADN cannot do, or an LPN? I have 3 children and I am just trying to make sure I am taking the correct route. Thanks so much for listening to me!
Feb 2, '02
A BSN is a bachelor of science in nursing (4 years of college), an ADN is an associate of science in nursing (2 years of college). BOTH degrees qualify the graduate to take RN boards. An ADN and BSN that passes boards are qualified to do the exact same job......registered nurse (RN).
An LPN is a licensed practical nurse (1 year of college). LPNs take different boards than RNs.
I chose the ADN route. I wasn't a traditional student, so this way worked out best for me. It only took me two years and I paid less by going to a community college. I am now working as an RN in Surgery and can bridge to a BSN while I work. Many colleges offer bridge programs, both in classroom and over the internet, that are geared toward working RNs. I see that you are in K.C.....I went to Penn Valley Community College for my degree.
Good Luck in whatever you decide.
Hope this helps,
Last edit by KC CHICK on Feb 2, '02