Quote from elsaz
I have had a bachelor degree major in English from a Chinese university, and now I want to become a nurse. I noticed there are several path to become a nurse, but can not decide which one best for my situation, hope anyone can give me some suggestion,thanks!
1. Accelerated Program: it only takes one year to complete which is great, but I heard it's quite competitive to get a space for most university. And since i never studied in US, I am not sure whether the course will be too overwhelmed for me
2. 4 years traditional Program: It's a easier way to get a BSN Degree, but that means it is a bit too long for me since I hope I can get to work earlier to help to support my family
3. Community school: I found a Community school offer 2 year ASN program, and I think if I will continue study RN-BSN program after that, so that I can finally get a BSN degree. And one thing I especially want to ask is why people choose traditional program instead of this one, since this one is cheaper any you can work after 2 years and also you can apply RN-BSN program later to get BSN ?
4. I recently also found the Community scholl has some transfer program, not very clear about the difference from the 4 years traditional program
Thanks for anyone taking your time to read and I will be very appreciate if you can leave some suggestion for me! Thanks
As to answer some of your questions, not all ADN programs are faster than BSNs...in some programs, you have to take required courses prior to doing the nursing courses or at the same time...I tried a ADN program when I was younger, with the combination route...and DID NOT DO WELL because of the combination...your required courses ie, anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Math, etc helps build upon your knowledge base BEFORE taking the nursing curriculum. I ended up becoming a Licensed Practical nurse (LPN-also referred to LVN, licensed vocational nurse), then moved on to get my BSN...my area was going towards hiring BSN nurses who are able to come into a leadership role in research, policy making, public health policy, etc, all qualities that built in required courses like philosophy, statistics, etc. and Public Health and Research nursing courses.
If the community college has a transfer program, if may be that you can be accepted in a "dual admissions role" where you do the required courses at a community college, then transfer to do BSN courses. That does save money as well.
I suggest looking at all the possibilities...Even if it takes you longer, if you want to provide for your family and have the chances of getting a job after graduating, I say the BSN.
Nursing courses ARE overwhelming...it requires a lot of studying, and investment in the program. Regardless, if you willing to put in the work and sacrifice, then by all means go with what is best for you. Good Luck!!!