Male, 25, Prospective nurse. ADN or Accelerated BSN? - page 2

Hi all, I am a 25 year old male currently living in Long Island, NY with my grandma and working in NYC at a market research firm. I have been doing research to make a career change and enter the nursing field. I have read... Read More

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    Mattmrn, I also live in NC and that is my exact plan too. A cc is so much cheaper for the basics and I plan to work on my transfer courses for my BSN there too. Then I will do the RN to BSN all online. I will then go on to get my MSN for FNP. I am so excited about this. I also volunteer at the hospital and free clinic in my area. Reading your post was like reading my own "5 yr plan". Good luck to you!


    It sounds like either way you go would work great for you. So if it is cheaper to do ADN then RN to BSN that would be what I would do (and plan to do, accelerated BSN is not an option for me). Online classes at some schools can be cheaper and more convenient. It sounds like in NY you have 10 yrs the work on that BSN anyways. Best of luck to you whatever you decide!!
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    Thank you and good luck to you too! I agree that, if you can get hired with an ASN, a community college is totally the way to go. One of my friends is at a four year university pursuing her BSN, and when she graduates, she will owe over $250,000. She has been working on prerequisites for over two years, and she still has at least a year's worth of prerequisites to complete. She is so depressed, discouraged, and downright broke that she is discussing transferring to a community college to do as I am doing. If you can get away with it, I think the route we are taking is best. However that is just my personal opinion, and everyone must decide what is best for them as an individual.
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    Great advice from you all. So thanks a bunch! It seems like a BSN, in any way I acquire it, would be the safest route to go as a NY resident. With that, being a male wouldn't really matter at all (if it did in the first place). I'm already doing the whole loans thing now, so I'm weary about how much more I want to pile up. I will do some more research about the NY nursing market for now. Anyone here currently attending or previously attended the Pace accelerated program that can offer some feedback?

    Thanks again guys and gals.
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    Hi all,

    I am a 25 year old male currently living in Long Island, NY with my grandma and working in NYC at a market research firm. I have been doing research to make a career change and enter the nursing field.

    I have read many of the forums here discussing accelerated BSN programs vs ADN programs weighing the pros and cons. It seems that the pros of the BSN are: greater hiring potential post-gradation as well as more opportunities to advance education and career. However, cost seems to be much greater than that of an ADN program.

    My questions for you all is, as a male, should I just go for the lower cost ADN considering males are supposedly more hirable in this field? I am not sure how well that stat flies in the NYC area, but any and all feedback is much appreciated!

    I should also note that I graduated with a double major in French and International Political Economy, so I will definitely need to be completing pre-requisites.

    I see a decision is made and its the right one. I would not go for the assumption that males get hired quicker in this field even though that is what I am also "hearing" Iḿ even hearing that male students are getting accepted into the programs just to get more men involved.I hope its not a case where if I got a lower GPA and tests scores that I'll be pushed ahead of women who did better than I did. I want to get into nursing school because I worked hard not because I'm a guy and you don't want to be hired because your a piece of muscles that is needed to fill quotas by a hospital . Stand out! Go for the best degree you can get and afford. The trend in this field is to ensure all nurses have high quality education and a BSN is quickly becoming to minimum. I suspect that those who will be hired as ADNś will eventually be required by employers to do the RN to BSN, so just get it over with now, its only 1 or 2 semester longer.
    Since you already have a previous major, the accelerate BSN is the logical choice. I too was thinking like you a few years back, now I am done with preques getting my AA in spring and I'll be starting to send out applications for my BSN, the ADN is only as a backup if I dont get into the competitive BSN program.

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