I'm in the same situation myself, Jethro64. There are two really great ADN programs in the area, plus an accelerated BSN program. Since my first degree was in Music Performance (and there's really not a whole lot of science classes involved in that!
), I'm attending one of the CC's with the really great ADN program to get my prereq's out of the way. Once I'm done - last two prereq's will be done in Spring '05 - I'm going to have to go full-time in my nursing classes. There's really no way around that, since all the programs have their clinicals 5 days a week during the day.
As far as the completion time issue goes, I'd probably recommend the accelerated BSN over an ADN-BSN if you're looking at the shortest time to get from here to nursing. Once you've got those prereq's out of the way, most ADN programs I know of take 1-1/2 to 2 years to finish. A lot of employers
will either help pay or completely pay for you to get your BSN after that, though that might add on another year or two, depending on how many classes you take while working. The accelerated BSN program I'm looking at gets you from start to finish (well, after the prereq's are done, of course) in about 15 months. I've seen programs as short as 11 months and some as long as 2 years. Basically, with the options open to me locally, it will be just as much time and expense to get my ADN as my BSN, so why not go ahead and get the BSN? I know I want to go on later for my NP, too, so it makes more sense for me. I do plan on applying for both BSN and ADN, as all three programs are excellent, even if some are going to be a longer path than others.
Just make sure that if you pick an accelerated BSN program - or even an ADN program - research the school carefully. Check out their NCLEX pass rates, their accreditation, how long they've had the program (newbies aren't necessarily bad, but long-standing programs are a good sign), and the school's reputation among area hospitals - how do they like their grads? You also might check to see where the school has its clinicals.
Let us know which one you go for!