I already have a bachelors degree in psychology, would it still be considered having a "bachelors" if I just got a 2 yr associates in nursing instead of do a 2nd degree or accelerated program? I'm asking because the first 2 years or a bachelors in nursing is just the gen. Ed courses that I have already taken. Let me know... Thank! P.s. I mean as far as getting hired for a job that says BSN preferred
Jan 16, '11
Bachelors degree is a bachelors degree no matter what field of study you obtained it in. You can still apply to an associates degree nursing program, or do the BSN program. If the job requires a BSN and you only have an ADN or a bachelors degree in another field, you would not qualify for the position. If you have completed all of the general education courses that are required for the BSN program, why not go for the higher degree. I do know some people that has gone the ADN route at a community college because it is a lot cheaper than the BSN route; but it usually takes about the same amount of years to complete depending on the program. As far as jobs hiring ADN's or BSN's depends on your area. Some localities are more interested in BSN's over ADN's and vice versa.
Nursing is not like some other fields of study where you can have a degree in sociology and get the same job as someone with a degree in psychology, social work, education, etc. In Lehman terms, a person with a bachelors degree in psychology cannot obtain a job as an RN (associate or bachelors) without the formal education. I hope this helps and answers your question. I too am a career switcher.
Last edit by heavenbound on Jan 16, '11