Once upon a time, many years ago (30), when I went to college I had to choose between an ADN & a BSN program. I was straight out of high school (i.e. used to studying, working only to take care of myself, w/ minimal other responsibilities) so I went for the four year BSN program at UofVa...and have NEVER regretted it for many reasons.
My requirements to graduate included sciences but also basic knowledge in areas like english literature, world history, geography, art appreciation, etc...so I have a very well rounded college education. This makes me a better educated person, I think, than just "plowing through" nursing school
I watch my peers at work who are trying to "go back" for their BSN or BS in a health-related field. It is much more difficult for them to do, as by now most are married with children and find it more difficult to focus on the accademics. Not impossible--just more challenging.
I listen to the ADN "kids" now in school describe all the "pre-reqs" to get into the program...and all the time they spend doing it...and can't help but wonder why they didn't just do the BSN program. Here in 'Vegas, it ends up being one year difference in time commited to completion!
***but a word of caution: DO check out the BSN program!!! Mine was developed from a diploma in nursing program so it was VERY patient/bedside centered with many clinical hours the last two years. SOME programs are not! Some BSN programs' goal is to produce ADMINISTRATORS but really do not prepare the student well for entry positions as staff nurses. Mine focused on preparing us for the bedside, with some management/supervisory focus our senior year. Be SURE to evaluate clinical training times...it will make a difference in how you function when you graduate!
Hope this helps! Haze :-)