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Good reasons all.
But just to clarify that in a lot of parts of the country it's not a "free BSN". Employers usually have a cap on what they pay. My employer pays $2300/year tuition reimbursement. Most other folks in my class have a similar cap. Depending on the school it may indeed be "free" but usually there's some out of pocket expenses, especially if you go the online route.
*** Yes, you make a good point. My hospital will pay $10,500 one time scholarship AND $1500/year in tuition. The $10,500 comes with a contract that you will work for them for 2.5 years, the $1500/year for tuition is an employment benefit without further obligation.
That comes to $13,500 in the two years, that's about $6,500 more than some RN to BSN programs like University of Wyoming.
I was more thinking about the person not currently in nursing and wanting to get into it and the options open to them who can pick and choose the hospital they will work for.
The fly in the ointment is that it would be hard to find a CC without a waiting list of several years. Here in Wisconsin you really can do an ADN in two years but most, if not all the technical colleges (what Wisconsin calls CC) have waiting lists from 1-5 years. It's a shame because the cost is very, very reasonable.
The exception is for those with an LPN license, no waiting list and can complete the ADN in two, 4 month semesters, I did.
I challenged the LVN boards in Ca based on my army medic experience then moved to Wisconsin with my license in hand and was able to enter the technical college without a wait and graduate in 9 months with a total of 32 earned college credits to my name. I have now found an online RN to BSN program that accepts an ADN from an accredited college as meeting all it's gen ed requirements regardless of what classes I actually took ,and an active RN license satisfies all the natural science requirements. It's an 18 month (3 semesters) program at Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Not cheap but between my GI Bill, Army College Fund and the hospital's scholership program it won't cost me anything out of pocket. Nova is NLN accredited. So I should get my RN and BSN in a total of 5 semesters of college, three of them online.
I have been considering doing an RN to MSN progam that does not award a BSN instead. I could do it in 5 semesters online for family nurse practitioner through Frontier School of Nursing in Ky.
Lots and lots of exciting options out there for nurses these days.