Dear fellow allnurses,
I am sure this has been addressed many times before, but I wanted to start a new thread in hopes of finding some current/new information regarding whether to get an ADN or BSN in Illinois, specifically in the Chicago land area.
I am currently in this complicated and frustrating situation where I have been accepted to both an ADN and an accelerated BSN program and am not sure which one to choose. If I go the ADN route, tuition would be MUCH cheaper (less than 10K) but I will finish in 2 years with an ADN. If I take the BSN route, I will finish in 16 months but I will be drowned with around 48K in debt, plus 20K I already have from my previous degree.
I really want to go the BSN route since it is shorter and that is my ultimate goal, to obtain my BSN. I know there are numerous RN to BSN programs out there that would be a lot cheaper but would take longer.
My question to you all is this whether you would take the ADN or BSN route and why? Also, I have heard many stories (mostly on here) about new grads not being able to find work. Is this true for both ADN and BSN new grads? I honestly would go with the ADN route if I knew I would be able to get a job after I graduated and passed the NCLEX whether it be in a hospital, LTC or home care is not an issue for me at this point. I just want to know if I would be able to get an RN position with an ADN. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Which school has this option you are talking about?
Thanks for all the great advice. I guess my main concern is finding a job in Chicago with an ADN. Many people make it seem like it is impossible.
Another pro of taking the ADN route is that I can keep my job and I am sure it is less intense and stressful than an accelerated BSN program. Not that it won't be challenging, I am sure it will be, but ABSN programs are condensed so they go through more material in less time.
I had decided on the ABSN program but now I am leaning more toward the ADN. I just don't know if I want to wait to get my BSN and be in school for ~3 more years. I'll be 28 by then! Ah!
Also, I've applied for some scholarships but that is also up in the air. If I was awarded one that would help out A LOT and I think I would do the ABSN program in that case. The issues there is that I won't know until July or August if I've been chosen. This is so frustrating ha.
Last edit by MaleCNA87 on May 29, '12