I'm a high school student who aspires to become a nurse and later on a nurse practitioner. Because of this, I want to get my Bachelor's first, (not ADN) and then move on from there. I obviously need to do my pre-reqs and all that but I'm confused about the path of becoming a RN.
I'm confused on the meaning of RN-BSN. Does this mean that when you are a registered nurse, you go get your bachelors? That doesn't make sense to me because I thought you needed your Bachelor's to become an RN.
I'm graduating high school this year and interested in becoming an RN(hopefully an NP later on in the future) but I'm confused on how to go about this.
I hear some folks say that nursing school IS a 4-year college, but some say that you go to a 4-year school, complete your pre-reqs THEN apply to a nursing school. Which is it?
I know my questions seem pretty simple to some but I really want to try to make the best decisions and take the best routes to help me in my future career.
I went on several websites and they say that this program is for people who already are RN's. I don't understand this. I thought if you want your Bachelors, you go to a RN-BSN program?
RN to BSN: Success Stories
Dec 31, '07
The routes of nursing that pertain to your situation and questions:
1) RN program - usually at a community college or vocational school. Such programs earn you the qualification to sit for an RN license. If at a community college, you probably also earn an associate's degree at the same time... ASN (Associates of science in nursing). There are also still a few "diploma" schools out there which are hospital based programs that grant ability to sit for RN licensure. RN programs tend to take 3 years. Either 3 straight years, or 1 year of pre-reqs and 2 years of full-time coursework.
2) RN-BSN program - through a university. Either 4 years of integrated general education, nursing education or 2 years of pre-reqs/gen ed and then 2 years of nursing education, both ending in a bachelor's degree (Bachelor of science in nursing BSN) along with qualification to sit for RN licensure.
For those who earned their RN directly, there are programs out there specifically for them to earn a BSN (RN-to-BSN), usually 1-2 years.
You might wonder why one would choose option 1 over option 2 since option two is only one year longer and gets you a bachelor's as well. One reason might be that community colleges are usually less expensive than universities. Another is that community colleges are more likely to offer part-time coursework or alternate schedules for those working full-time jobs.
Finally, each school has it's own strengths and weaknesses and each student has their own strengths and weaknesses. One school might be well known for structure and if a student knows they do well with structure they might decide to choose that school. If a local school is well-known for training up confident, competent nurses, someone might choose that one over a big name university with new, unproven nursing program.
Good luck with your schooling decisions!
Last edit by jjjoy on Dec 31, '07