Hi everyone, I have been following this website for few months now and this is my first post. I am a senior in high school from Chicago area and will be graduating this summer
As I am getting ready to start college this fall, I am seriously considering nursing as my career choice. However, I am having hard time to decide which route to take
. Here are my options:
Option 1# BSN at University of Illinois Chicago (extremely competitive + not GURANTEED if I can get into their college of nursing after sophomore year).
Option 2# Enroll in a community college to get my Associate in Applied Science to become an RN.
From what I have understood after reading numerous posts that as far as job responsibilities + salary goes it's about the same for both ADN and BSN since the objective for both is to pass NCLEX- RN. So my questions are:
-Which one would you recommend? (UIC or CC).
-Which route do you think is best for me? (For a B average student).
- Which one would be faster? (I know I have to take prereqs for ADN which will make it for 2-3 years vs. BSN 4+ years???
- If I end up going to UIC and can not get into their college of nursing, what are my options for getting BSN and to become RN?
- Can I eventually become NP or PA with an ADN or BSN? If so, how long would it take?
- Is it true that from 2015 all NPs must have PhD instead of Masters?
- Are there any accredited ADN-MSN bridge programs in Chicago area?
* Thank you all in advance
I would really appreciate any advice.
Jun 6, '12
Well here's my 2 cents
Do you live at home? How are you paying for school? Can you/do you want to relocate after?
-If you live at home the extra year in BSN is the way to go. It's a year.
-Yes ADN is shorter and CHEAPER ($500 vs $5000 a semester here)
, good if you are paying
, and a bridge program is only a year. Plus most hospitals pay for tuition.
-BSN are prefered to ADN, espeicially in competive markets, however if are willing to live else where for a year or 2....
I went for ADN, since I'm paying and wanted no debt. I know some are taking out loans and are living off them while going to a 4 year school (crazy
). I make the same as a BSN, (after a year my hospital will pay me to get a BSN). One of people who got her BSN with the loans has to pay back $80,000. Don't know how much a month that is or how long it will take. At $21.00 an hour, almost a 1/4-1/3 for taxes and benefits per check. granted I work nights an weekends so I get another $9 an hour...But she has 3 kids.
Last edit by macgirl on Jun 6, '12
: Reason: typo