I have about a year experience working with my LPN license and now I'm ready to further my education since my end goal is a masters.
I'm stuck on whether to go for my RN first before my BSN or just go straight for my BSN.
Any input would be greatly appreciated
Jan 6, '13
I'm just a pre-nursing student, so my opinion probably isn't helpful, but I've read a lot about this and am asking myself the same questions. All in all, I think it just depends on your location. What is the pay advantage to being an ADN to an LPN in your area? Where I'm at, there isn't any. I can actually make more as an LPN in LTC than as an ADN RN in a hospital. On the other hand, if I could make much more as an RN, I would get there as quickly as possible.
The nursing programs in your area are the other major factor. Where I live, I can go to the University of Oklahoma's LPN to BSN program once I get an LPN license. It will take me a year to do the pre-requisites and 9 months to do the program. So all in all, it will take about 2 years to get a BSN. All the ADN programs in my area take about 2 years as well, so I might as well just go for my BSN. However, if I could go to a program locally and get my ADN a year sooner than my BSN, I might consider getting the ADN first and then continue on to BSN. Again, it just depends on the pay issue and what programs are at your disposal.
Good luck to you, whatever you do!
Last edit by alotusforyou on Jan 6, '13