I'm currently applying for both of these programs and I was just wondering if anyone has opinions on their relative merits. I know the ABSN program is a few months shorter, and probably a bit cheaper. (Though I'm finding it hard to pin down the total cost of Rush.) Does the MSN give me the ability to get any certificates or licenses other than the standard RN? Does BSN vs MSN affect hire-ability or salary in any major way? I know I will probably want an MSN eventually, I'm just not sure whether to go for it now, or wait until I've been working for a little bit. Also due to deadlines, I'm applying for Fall 2012 ABSN but Spring 2013 MSN. So I won't be getting decisions at the same time.
Anyway, just looking for thoughts/experiences from those who are in the same boat, or in either program. Thank you.