Difference in ADN vs BSN classwork?

  1. I am currently a 2nd year ADN student and am looking at continuing onto my BSN. For those of you who have gone through/are going through this route, what is the main difference between the coursework involved in BSN and ADN programs? What other prereqs will be included for the BSN coursework? Also, my forte is not in advanced math, so what kind of math classes will I be required to take?

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  3. by   KJRN79
    I went through that process 20 years ago, so I imagine things have changed. I was working full time and went on to school part time....I didn't have to take any more math or science, except for statistics, which I completed hated. But I passed it with tutoring. I took business management type classes, "change theory", more psychology and a bunch of fun electives (architecture and ceramics) and clinicals were more advanced....I worked on med-surg on that time and my clinical choices were ICU or Burn unit. I ended up doing both. I recommend it, I really do. I thought that having a little work experience helped a lot.
  4. by   RN and Mommy
    These are the additional classes required for the BSN where I went to school, in addition to all of the ASN requirements:

    MTH 242 Statistics 3 hours
    BIO 366 Pathophysiology 3 hours
    NUR 312 Health Assessment 3 hours
    NUR 453 Leading and Managing in Health Care 3 hours
    NUR 438 Nursing Theories and Research 4 hours
    NUR 473 Pract: Lead & Manage 2 hours
    NUR 452 Population Based Community Health 3 hours
    NUR 455 Professional Roles & Issues in Nursing 3 hours
    NUR 472 Pract: Pop. Based Community Hlth 3 hours
    NUR 494 Capstone Seminar 3 hours
    Interdisciplinary Cultural Elective 3 hours

    I hope this helps!
    Last edit by RN and Mommy on Sep 1, '07 : Reason: typos
  5. by   arciedee
    My school's RN-to-BSN program has mostly the same pre-reqs that you would have covered in your ADN program (English, A&P I&II, micro, human growth and development, nutrition, and psychology) and they require statistics. The nursing courses include seminar on professional nursing, nursing and social policy, clinical decision making, nursing research, community health nursing I and II, nursing leadership/management, and professional nursing practice.
  6. by   liquidblue
    The BSN program that I'm going through has several additional "general ed" pre-requisites that must be completed (foreign culture, language, literature, higher level chemistry class etc.) I am not sure about the differences in the actual nursing classes as I haven't really looked into what's involved with the ADN program.

    RE the math. The only additional math that we take beyond the ADN program is a higher level algebra. The ADN people have to take a lower algebra and statistics, but not the higher algebra.
  7. by   Tweety
    Each school is going to be different. I went RN to BSN at a Christian school so they had co-reqs that included a Bible study class "Lessons in Living" and a "World Religions". The math requirement was only to add Statistics.

    The community college here has an RN to BSN program. They've added so many co-reqs and pre-reqs to their ADN program, including Statistics, they are practically BSN ready and can finish BSN part-time in 18 months. The only additional co-req they need is American Government.

    Here's the course of study I took for my ADN to BSN program at Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences. There were no "pre-reqs" other than having an RN license.

    DCHE/CHEM 101 3 credits Principles of Chemistry
    DSOC 349 3 credits Aging and Society

    Nursing Component (37 credit hours)
    DNRS/NRSG 326 3 credits Concepts of Professional Nursing
    DNRS/NRSG 327 4 credits Health Promotion and Assessment
    DNRS/NRSG 328 4 credits Principles of Pathophysiology
    DNRS/NRSG 329 3 credits Pharmocology
    DNRS/NRSG 446 3 credits Community Health Nursing
    DNRS/NRSG 447 3 credits Population-Focused Health Promotion
    DNRS/NRSG 485 3 credits Leadership and Management in Nursing
    DNRS/NRSG 497 3 credits Nursing Research Methods
    DNRS/NRSG 499 3 credits Seminar in Nursing

    General Education Component (20 − 26 credit hours)
    DMAT/MATH 205 3 credits Introduction to Applied Statistics
    DREL/RELT 368 3 credits World Religions
    DREL/REL 379 3 credits Lessons on Living: Biblical Perspectives
    DHIS/HIST 174/175 3 credits World Civilizations I or II
    DHMN/HMNT 3 credits Humanities
    DHPE/HPER 125 2 credits Health and Wellbeing