Quote from doc8406
Hello all, . . .
I guess my question is, am I wasting my time by getting the ASN and then the BSN?
Short answer, no, you're not wasting time getting the ADN and then progressing to the BSN. At least in my opinion.
You can get your ADN, then take the boards and become an RN and at that point, work on the BSN while working as a nurse. This will likely be your most inexpensive route: Tuition at your local CC for the ADN should be very reasonable and you could then go the on-line RN-BSN route (there are any number of schools that have sub $10k RN-BSN programs). If you really have your heart set on Clemson, you may still be able to do the BSN program as a CC transfer - would probably be worth checking with Clemson to see if they have articulation agreements in place with any CC's in the area.
It's becoming increasingly difficult for ADN/RN's to find jobs (that may not be the case where you are) but ideally, you'll be able to land something after getting your RN and this new employer will provide tuition assistance for your to get the BSN. Bottom line in my opinion is that no matter what, you should plan on getting the BSN.
By the way, this is the route that I took (ADN to RN to on-line RN-BSN) and when all is said and done - which will be this Dec - I will have gotten my BSN for under $13k (full disclosure - I already had a bachelor's and most of the science and math pre-reqs, so YMMV). Like you, I'm prior service, although in my case it's Army and was 11C not 68W. I'm always pleasantly surprised at the number of male RN's who are vets.
Best of luck to you.