I graduated with a Bachelor's degree and have had a successful career in corporate training and media management for 4 years. I've recently decided to pursue nursing as a career.
The technical college near me offers an ADN program for a total of about $4,000 (includes tuition & fees, not books) for the two year program. I could enroll in the program this year.
My other option is to attend the university here for a BSN, but I would need to take about 18 hours of courses before I could enroll. These courses are built into the ADN program that I previously mentioned. I took science, math, and psychology courses while I was in college, but they are not the exact ones that the school requires (I took a different statistics, calculus instead of the required math, and different biologies).
The university near us does not have an accelerated program for post-Baccalaureate students. Also, the program is $8,000 (not including books) for the two year program. Plus I would need to pay for the additional 18 hours of courses before I could enter the program.
My husband is a nurse (BSN) and says that the only difference where he works is about $1 an hour extra for nurses with a BSN.
The ADN looks much more attractive to me, but I understand that some management positions require a BSN. While I do have a Bachelor's degree, it is not in nursing. What would you do in my shoes? Do you think the BSN is worth twice the price plus about 1 year's worth of additional courses? Will I regret choosing the ADN because of the additional expense?
Thanks in advance for your help!