I am in the process of applying to Montgomery College's nursing program. I am having a hard time determining if an ASN will get me a job in the areas I prefer or if I have to have a BSN. I have a prior BA in journalism and just completed my MC prereqs in December. I would like to go into labor & delivery, maternity/post-partem, NICU, pediatrics, obstetrics (you see the pattern). Problem is that I am in my mid 30s and want to start working sooner rather than later and if I try to get into UMD I would need 3-4 more prereqs. I've already taken the TEAS and scored in the 96th percentile. With the economy the way it is and with so many people going into nursing I am worried I won't be as marketable in the job market with an ASN and given my age. Any suggestions? A NICU friend of mine had convinced me to just do the ASN, get a job and then have the hospital pay for me to get my BSN. Is this the way to go or not?