Can I get my RN and then my BSN?

  1. Can somebody please explain to me how this works? I'm hearing all sorts of nonsesne from different people and really have no clue about it.
    I plan to get my RN at a community college, but I'd like to also get my BSN so I can later get my CRNA. Is this possible? What steps would you take?

    (I'd go to a 4-year and get my BSN right out but it's cheaper to go to CC and I'm graduating high school at a charter school and alas we are not able to right out go to a 4-year college)
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   ready4nu
    Yes you can do that, its what I'm doing. Get your associates and take the NCLEX to become licensed. Toward the end of your progrsm, apply to a 4 year school to a RN-BSN program. Your CC may have articulation agreements with some, or a dual-joint program with one. You can also opt for a completion program and do it online.
  4. by   loriangel14
    RN is the title. There are two ways to get it. either a 2 year Associates or a 4 year BSN.
  5. by   vettechtoRN
    thats what Im doing RN-BSN is mostly online Ive heard.
  6. by   meljonumd
    Hi ElizabethDawn~
    You'll see a lot of pro's and con's for each approach; the best answer is to figure out which works best for you.
    You'll also see that some people heavily promote BSNs vs ADNs or diplomas; yes, that does seem to be the way the industry is going, BUT all are available and can be viable for getting a job. The key is to see what is best for YOUR area. If your area has a lot of diploma programs, perhaps it is because the facilities are willing to hire them. If there are a lot of Magnet hospitals, and you plan on working in a hospital setting, then a BSN is the best way to go.
    Yes this kind of research is a bit harder. And you don't have to do it all at once; the basics for most programs are the same.
    The key is to study hard, don't screw off and learn about how to interact with patients!
  7. by   merlinsbeard
    I'm in an RN program and planning to get my BSN after that. There's a university where I live that has an online RN-BSN program and you do clinicals at the local hospitals. Most of the hospitals in my area do tuition reimbursement so I think my best option is to get my RN first so they can help me pay for the rest.
  8. by   yourPhutureNurse_
    Quote from merlinsbeard
    I'm in an RN program and planning to get my BSN after that. There's a university where I live that has an online RN-BSN program and you do clinicals at the local hospitals. Most of the hospitals in my area do tuition reimbursement so I think my best option is to get my RN first so they can help me pay for the rest.
    how's your semester going so far???
  9. by   RunBabyRN
    If you already know that you plan to do your CRNA, you might consider going right to a BSN program, rather than going through an ADN, THEN a BSN program. It can save you time and potentially money, depending on the schools.
    Either way, do your prerequisites at the community college. The classes will transfer to a university if you're doing it right.

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