Help! AD or BSN

  1. Question...does anyone have any idea whether it is better to get an associate's degree or a BSN? I already have a degree in another disipline from way back and am making a career change to nursing. Any light that can be shed on this would be great!
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  3. by   intothemoon
    I am in an ADN program in NC and I have been told that with the shortage going on now, hospitals are taking all nurses. A BSN is for areas like management, education, upper level stuff. I say go ahead for the ADN, get a job, then let the hospital pay your way to BSN.
    Either way, good luck!
  4. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    If you already have a bachelors, try a BSN program that is for those with degrees already.


    Good luck!
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    Quote from GSG
    Question...does anyone have any idea whether it is better to get an associate's degree or a BSN? I already have a degree in another disipline from way back and am making a career change to nursing. Any light that can be shed on this would be great!
  5. by   traumaRUs
    If you do a search for this subject - there are many threads that have already been written. Good luck.
  6. by   Newbie Nurse SMP
    HI,

    I am in the same boat as yourself actually. I graduated in 2004 with a BA in English. I recently decided that this isn't anything I want to do. I turned to Nursing, and I am currently in a 2 year program.

    I talked to many people (nurses included) and I have been to told that as long as you have your RN hospitals will hire you. And 1 plus is that once to get your Associates and begin working many hospitals will give you tuition reimbursement to continue your education if you decide to go for your BSN.

    My thought is that nurses are is such a demand now that you might as well get done as soon as possible and get a job and than move on from there.

    Best of Luck in all you do!!!
  7. by   dettwiller5
    It looks like lots of us are in the same boat! I have a BS in Health Education and Sociology (double major). I've decided to go the ADN route then get my BSN through a local university that has an RN-BSN program set up with the medical center that I will be getting my ADN through. THe ADN program was definitely the way to go with me because they offer a night/weekend schedule. The others are right- no matter what road you take, you will still be an RN, and unless you plan to go into management right away it isnt going to matter which path you take. We all take the same test to get our liscence. Good Luck!!!
  8. by   GSG
    Thank you to all who responded! I will go the AD route as it is less expensive and less time consuming! Take Care!
  9. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Quote from GSG
    Thank you to all who responded! I will go the AD route as it is less expensive and less time consuming! Take Care!


    Congrats on your decision! :hatparty: Good luck!!!!!
  10. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from GSG
    Question...does anyone have any idea whether it is better to get an associate's degree or a BSN? I already have a degree in another disipline from way back and am making a career change to nursing. Any light that can be shed on this would be great!
    I have an Associates in Education and therefore completed alot of the prereqs that are required towards a BSN program. It's in my best interest to complete the additional prereqs and apply for the 4 year program. It really depends on how much college you have under your belt once you make the decision to get into nursing. If you have never gone to college it might be your best bet to get into a 2 year nursing program, but in your case it might be better to take it to a 4 year program. You are basically half way there and just need a few more classes ( specific science courses that area geared towards nursing, and a couple others)
    Talk to your school counselor and have your transcript evaluated. Good luck, I hope it made sense :spin:

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