Associates degree vs. Bachelors

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    I was just wondering if anyone could clarify wether there's actually a significant difference if one opts for an associates degree program rather than a bachelors degree program. Most would say time is the first difference but i found that to be false at least in my area. At the community college here, it's called a two year program since it's a two year school, but in all actuality before you can even apply for the program you have to have at least a year to year and a half of prereqs. out of the way. So it ends up taking just as long at the univ. Then I've heard that there isn't a pay difference between the two degrees. The difference is apparent when it comes time for promotions. T or F? Any help would be appreciated

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    Heather
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    *lol* heather...

    check way back on this topic, there have been several threads with a variety of good answers. I've read every one of them .

    Bri
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    originally posted by rnntraining
    i was just wondering if anyone could clarify wether there's actually a significant difference if one opts for an associates degree program rather than a bachelors degree program. most would say time is the first difference but i found that to be false at least in my area. at the community college here, it's called a two year program since it's a two year school, but in all actuality before you can even apply for the program you have to have at least a year to year and a half of prereqs. out of the way. so it ends up taking just as long at the univ. then i've heard that there isn't a pay difference between the two degrees. the difference is apparent when it comes time for promotions. t or f? any help would be appreciated
    hello and welcome to the board! i would suggest just to weight the differences of what you want in turns of your career. both programs are good and yes, there are a few differences, more general/pre-reqs classes, types of classes (more in depth of some), money, time one has to devote in getting their degree, etc). however, both will lead you to an rn degree (associate/bsn etc) and sitting for the same rn boards and after passing the nclex-rn, you may work as a registered nurse.

    i do wish you all the best.
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    Well basically what you stated is about what I have beent old. However, in some areas I hear BSN is paid substantially more. I also found out in class last night that here is TN if you decide to specialize (which is additional raise in money and security that you can stay in the area you like instead of being moved around) that you have to have your BSN before they will let you take the tests necessary for specialization. if you are interested in that, you might want to check the rules where you are to see if they are different.
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    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER



    Heather
    :: scooching in with Heather ::
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    First, welcome to allnurses....RNintraining!

    Second......BWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAA----BWAAAAAAA---

    Third......I needed to vent after seeing yet another thread about this subject.

    You see.......RNintraining......it's not your question that sends us into 'MENTAL STRESS'.....it's just that we get hit with this question constantly.......and ALL of us have varied opinions on the subject......which....unfortunately...usually ends up in a 'PMS SESSION'......of sorts! :chuckle

    So........go for what you feel best works for you. Eventually.....you'll either enjoy nursing or not....regardless of what route you take to arrive at becoming one. You can always INCREASE your education down the way......or...LIKE SOME HERE.......get the BSN and get it over with now. Either way......once you successfully pass the NCLEX exam.....you will receive the privilege of having a license to practice as a Professional Registered Nurse. It's not how you arrive at your goals in life.......it's THAT you arrive at your goals in life. So.........ask yourself what your goals are.......match them up with the education you will need to reach those goals.......and WAALAH....THERE YOU BE! I wish you the best! :kiss
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    Originally posted by Fgr8Out


    :: scooching in with Heather ::
    Come on in baby......

    Heather
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    alright, alright! sorry for the most repetative thread ever posted :angryfire but as cheerfuldoer and LPN,future,Rn mentioned....I am new to the board. My appologies to all who had a small brain fart over my stupidity Thanks for the help and patience.....and please continue to hide under the chairs and not throw them. Have a peacful 9/11 and thanks again!


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