Junior in college...should I go to Ivy Tech or apply for BSN?

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    I'm doing pretty well but I just want to gradute asap and make some money.

    I've been thinking about applying for BSN at Nursing schools in several campuses and several others but stumbled upon the idea of
    Community Colleges.

    I have almost all of my pre req's finished but with a 3.3 I don't know if
    I could get into BSN program.

    Any advices? Anything will be very much appreciated.
    I really have no clue as to what LPN is and etc...
    Last edit by traumaRUs on Jan 7, '10
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    Um...........what are you taking in college now?
    You don't know what an LPN is etc?????????????

    Pardon my questions................but I'm confused by your post.
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    Oh I'm just a biology major - just looked into nursing.
    Sorry if I confused you, not really myself today.
    Anyways, my question is if you are a student in college studying for a biology or science degree, which route would be better, 1. transferring to a CC to be a RN (ASN -LPN - RN I think?) or 2. Applying to a traditional nursing school for BSN..

    Hope this makes sense
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    from what I have heard, and read on here...it doesn't seem to matter if you have an associates degree or a bachelors degree in nursing. (unless you are wanting to go into management) also the pay is the same either way. soooo.....
    I am currently at Ivy Tech in Indy/Lawrence Campus, but I am assuming that you are in Bloomington...which there is an Ivy Tech there too.

    An LPN is a Lic. Practical Nurse, it is a one year program after you have finished your pre-req's (which you most likely have)

    LPN's make about 15-18 an hour

    the ASN (assoc RN degree) is 2 years after pre-reqs and pays 20-22 +/-

    also, if you want to just get in and get out, the LPN program is a little easier to get into, and after a year you can do an LPN to RN transition program (that your employer at the time will most likely pay for)

    good luck!:spin:
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    A nurse with a BSN makes much more than a nurse with an ASN.
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    Quote from mrs.frog
    A nurse with a BSN makes much more than a nurse with an ASN.
    As far as floor nursing goes, the ASN's and the BSN's each make the same--they hire in exactly the same. At least in the Ft.Wayne area. Having your BSN will allow you to apply for more managmet jobs. But I know of a clinical care cordinator who has many BSNs working under her, she has a 60+ specialty dept and she has her ASN.

    As far as the orginal post. I would pursue your ASN at either a University or Communiy Col. THere are many bridge programs now you can utilize to advance from there. Keep this in mind. ASN students take thier boards 2 years after entering nursing school, BSN's take thier boards 4 years after starting nursing school. So that means some of thier initial clinicals are 4 years old.
    Once you are a RN, if that be, ASN or BSN. You only take boards once. So you may as well start with your ASN, become an RN, work, then bridge to your BSN if you so choose.
    Best of luck!!
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    :yeahthat:

    While I was researching this same question when I started school I also found another advantage to starting with ADN the doing RN to BSN is tuition reimbursement. Many of the hospitals around here (I live in NW Indiana and plan on working in Chicago) offer 100% tuition payback for completing a BSN. So you can work as an RN and have them pay your tuition while you attend RN to BSN. Not sure if the smaller hospitals offer this but if you live by Indianapolis or another large city you may want to look into it.
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    I stand corrected............a nurse with a BSN DOES make more than a nurse with an ASN in management.

    Most places prefer a BSN............and there is talk of the Ivy Tech in Bloomington only having the BSN program in conjunction with IU.
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    thank you all for the comments
    it helped me a great deal! i was torn between the two but
    i think i know (at least a little) how i'm going to do this!
    thank you!
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    Quote from mrs.frog
    A nurse with a BSN makes much more than a nurse with an ASN.
    That doesn't hold true at all hospitals. At mine, all RN's have the same base rate of pay to start out. It doesn't matter what area you are in (specialty area, med/surg, OB, ect) are whether you are BSN or ASN. The only advantage to the BSN at my place is the possibility of snagging a department head position.


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