Which is better RN cert. from a community college or BSN - page 2

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I am getting a little confused on what to do. I already have a BS, but would like to become a nurse. What is the difference in going to a community college and getting a RN Certificate through them and going to a University and... Read More


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    There are plenty of 2nd Bachelor's Accelerated BSN programs out there. If you already have your BA or BS in another degree, you can usually get a BSN within 2 years. To me its a better idea to get a BSN in 2 years than an Associates RN in 2 years. It is irritating that hospitals are posting "BSN only" jobs especially since Associates RNs and BSNs take the same NCLEX examination. Just my two cents.
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    It depends on several factors. First of all, as others have said, it depends on where you're located. I'm in northwest Arkansas. I graduated with my ADN from the local community college and I have gotten both jobs I've applied for--and while my community college's ADN program is well respected locally, my first job out of school was out of state (in Texas) where my CC had no reputation. Assuming you're in a region where nurses are actually in demand, I think it is more important how you present/market yourself.

    In my area, the community college actually has a better reputation than the University.

    That said, some hospitals are looking at things such as magnet status which requires a certain percentage of BSNs I believe. The hospitals around here could care less as far as I can tell. The same was the case in Tyler, TX. Seems to be an equal mix of ADNs and BSNs.

    I'm getting my BSN through a 1-yr online program and like the fact that I'm able to work while I'm getting it.
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    Looking at thelittledoe's post--if you can indeed get a BSN in the same amount of time, I'd go for it.
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    In my area, the BSN schools come with a hefty price tag so I decided to take the ADN route so I could get a job and have them assist me with my BSN. I have met nursing students at my job that will graduate with $50k-$100k of debt. We have an accelerated second degree program but that one is $30k and is very competitive so I couldn't do it.

    I would do what is best for your situation. You can always get your BSN while you are working and your employer may pay for it.
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    An RN license is an RN license....you both take the same test to get it. That's what I could never understand.
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    Quote from wchelsea
    I am getting a little confused on what to do. I already have a BS, but would like to become a nurse. What is the difference in going to a community college and getting a RN Certificate through them and going to a University and getting a BSN? Which one has more opportunities. I see a lot of RN job postings, so that confuses me.

    Thanks for the help.
    If you all ready have a BS.....go for an accelerated BSN program
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    I did the accelerated program because I had a BS, the only gripes I had was the money and it's tough because the curriculum is so condensed. I went to a private nursing school and costs added up quickly. It set me back 60 grand for 16 months of school (although I'm sure this is on the very high end). I worked part time (and I mean very part time) and a tech in a hospital. I could barely make time to work let alone have a life because I was studying all the time. Another thing you may want to consider is do you want to go back and get a masters in nursing? Most programs require a BSN in order to be accepted. The hospital I work at used to hire ADN but now we are a magnet hospital and they can only hire BSN nurses. For me I'm glad I went into the accelerated program because I finished quickly and I want to go back to school so I don't have to worry about my BSN. Although I do wish I had just gotten my ADN and then went back and had my work pay for me to get my BSN because I'd be much richer. If you decide on the ADN program work as a tech while you're in school to secure a job when you graduate.
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    If I had a BS in another field and wanted to go into nursing, I'd look into the different masters programs available.
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    You already have a BS, I suggest doing the accelerated BSN. It's one year of your life and you will not only have a BS in Nursing but will have earning power a year earlier (and have a higher degree) than if you did a 2-year ADN. All of your 1st BS degree coursework will transfer in to the reqs for the BS Nursing degree, and then all you have to do is complete nursing courses. You may however have to do some prereqs like Anatomy & Physiology and Microbiology before that if you have not done this yet.

    I did the 1-year accelerated BSN, and I am already working 18 months from the date I started school (I have 6 months nursing experience now). Had I done the ADN, I would still be in school with no job or money and graduating this May.
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    If you can, do an Accelerated BSN. I had a Bachelor's already and in 12 months I had a BSN. You have to have a lot of pre-reqs already done at the point you apply, so if you don't have those it might be just as quick to do a 2-3 year diploma or ADN program (although if you want to go to grad school in the nursing field you need to have the BSN so that should be a consideration - and also employability). My ABSN program was an INSANE year. Your time will be consumed with the program. There's no way around it. But you can do anything for a year. And I was hired into a great ICU a couple weeks before I even graduated - in an extremely saturated area. I say go ABSN - many people will take umbrage at this, but, there is a difference in most people's eyes between an associate's and a bachelor's degree. It's the way of the world. Call it degree creep, call it what you will, but nursing needs to keep up with other health care fields. For all the work and knowledge we are responsible for now, it is adventitious for us to have Bachelor's.
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