Can anyone tell me the major differences between an associates degree and a bachelors degree? I realize the bachelors requires more schooling and more job opportunities.
Jobwise is what I mean. Can you still aquire a job at a hospital with an associates? Is it better to continue education and earn your bachelors?
Dec 2, '05
by llg, BSN, MSN, PhD
AsTweety said, the differences in job opportunities between an ADN and a BSN are usually not significant at the beginning of a nursing career -- when the focus is upon establishing yourself as a nurse competent in the basic skills. The difference comes later as the nurse considers the opportunities for career advancement, for positions that are highly competitive, and/or for positions that involve more independence. Many of those types of positions require at least a BSN if not an MSN.
Last edit by llg on Oct 26, '06
I have the same question. I am really in need of some advice. My mom and I have discussed this issue over and over but I don't think either of us are educated enough in the area to make the best decision. I am currently waiting to see if I will make it into the bachelor's nursing program but what do I do if I don't get in???? Do I go for the associates degree then the BSN? I feel like if I did that I would be stepping down instead of up. Do I keep trying to get into the BSN program, all the while time is slipping away? Do I apply to different colleges?? It seems like all of them have different pre-reqs, apply at different times, and are more apt to accept people who are going there. Do I change my major in the health care field? I've thought about radiology but chemistry isn't my high point and again i'll be back to square one, waiting to see if I get in. My mom has suggested physicians assistant but I'm not so sure I want to do that either. My mom also has said that she feels like I wouldn't become out with a very good paying job if I stuck with nursing. I feel like this is a critical time in my life and I just want to be sure that the decision I do make is the right one. Please help, it would be greatly appreciated!
Last edit by Cls62011 on Jun 25, '07
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