WHY does a B.S. + RN not equal BSN

  1. 3 I'm not trying to be argumentative here...I'm asking a serious question because I really don't understand. I also didn't post this over in the ADN vs BSN thread because it's not nearly as active. I also searched for answers (so don't skewar me), and while I found others who asked if it's the same and were simply told 'no it's not'...but I couldn't find an answer to WHY it's not. So here it goes...

    I have two B.S. degrees..one in Speech Therapy, and the other in Computer Science (don't ask..life detours keep life interesting).
    I am now purusuing a nursing career. My mother was a nurse for 40 years. I keep hearing how I really NEED a BSN to move up in the field. But here's the rub - I have no desire to go back for a THIRD BS degree. I have general education coming out the wazoo. At the most I'm willing to go from an RN-MSN program provided I get tuition help from my employer as I've had enough education expenses thankyouverymuch. But another BS degree...Really?

    I am also being told, here and in other places, that a B.S. degree in another field, plus an RN license does NOT equal a BSN. I really don't get that. I have the general education from a 4 year degree (and then some), and I will (God willing) have the RN education which basically encompasses the last 2 years of a BSN program (and the program I will be going through actual has MORE clinical hours than the BSN programs locally). So, 2+2 = BSN in my mind. So why doesn't it?
    And don't tell me it's because of this elusive Magnet Status either. Because two of our local hospitals have Magnet status and they not only HIRE ADN's, they RUN hospital based diploma programs which spit out wonderfully prepared diploma nurses...who then get hired at said hospitals. So, the theory that Magnet Status hospitals don't hire anything less than BSN's....well, I'm confused on that too because I keep hearing it here - but the reality seems quite different - at least where I live. Feel free to answer that for me too....

    So what I am hearing here is...get your BSN. If you get a diploma or ADN first and you already have a BS degree - then you need to do an RN-BSN program which will include your general education...which i ALREADY have! So, what, I take one or two bridge classes and call it a BSN? It not only seems like a money grab from the Universities, but also a semantic technicality by everyone else. What am I missing?

    Please, someone - kindly- explain to me the difference between a BS degree in ANYTHING in CONJUNCTION with an RN license...and a BSN. I really want to know.
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  4. Visit  love7777 profile page
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    there is a major difference unfortunatly.
  5. Visit  Hay Nars, RN profile page
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    Because a BSN is a bachelor's program in Nursing.
    So no, a bachelor's in art plus an RN licensure will not and won't equal a BSN.
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  6. Visit  Whispera profile page
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    A BSN has a specific curriculum you'd have to complete in order to have the degree, just as your two degrees had specific curriculae. The RN curriculum doesn't have everything in it that the BSN curriculum has.

    That's where programs that bridge the other degree to the nursing degree come in.

    I had a degree in education. I wanted a BSN because that's all there was at the school I wanted to attend. I did not have to re-take the required courses that I had already completed. I got through my BSN in 2 years because of that. Now I'm a BSEd, BSN, RN, RN-BC, CNS, APRN-BC--lots of alphabet soup as far as I'm concerned.

    If you complete RN studies other than a BSN, you could be BS, ASN, RN (insert the degree you got in the middle, in place of the ASN). You can't be a BSN without the degree, simply due to the requirements for the degree. You don't need a BSN to practice as a nurse, in most places.
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  7. Visit  33762FL profile page
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    I got a two-year nursing degree and have a previous BA, so I researched all this bfore I chose the ADN in the first place. BSN has specific classes. If you already have two bachelor's degrees, chances are you only need to take the nursing classes for a BSN and no more general education. If you shop around and find a program that won't be picky about what your previous degree general-education credits are, you should be able to do an RN-BSN with only about 8 nursing classes. Or you can do an RN-MSN, which is more money per credit and more classes.
    Jarnaes, tvccrn, lindarn, and 2 others like this.
  8. Visit  oaktown2 profile page
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    I can't comment on why, but I can tell you that if you have a degree, you don't have to do any more GE. There are accelerated programs for people just like you and in my state, a lot of the traditional programs take applications specifically for the nursing school after your "sophomore" year, so again you would have already completed those (because they give you credit). So with a prior degree you can get a BSN in 12-24 months, depending on your school. It is more expensive than an ADN, but the time is the same or less.
  9. Visit  chihuahuaman profile page
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    The extra time spent in a BSN program (vs. an ADN program) has more advanced nursing theory content, which is different from what you learned in your speech therapy degree and computer science degree. I'm currently in my penultimate semester and one of our courses is nursing research (more of an introduction), and another is project management, related to nursing. Previously we have had major emphasis on community health and theories related to same.
    That's my perspective on the differences from my experiences. I'm sure not all programs are the same as the one I'm in.
  10. Visit  slave_diverRN profile page
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    Having a bachelors in another field, I completely GET your frustration. It seems like BSN nurses go through 2 years of Gen Ed, then 2 years of nursing. You want to know why your two years of ASN nursing doesn't equal the 2 years of nursing the BSN students get.

    My understanding of this is that their education in nursing is at a baccalaureate level. The classes may be similar in content, but the course numbers are upper-division instead of lower.

    My analogy is that ASN nurses learn algebra, while BSN nurses learn calculus. It's all math, just a higher level.

    Fortunately, bridge programs are easy to find...and you get a lot of "credit" for already having a BS degree....you may only have to take the CORE nursing classes for that BSN. You should not have to repeat Gen Ed classes.

    Best of luck to you!
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  11. Visit  melmarie23 profile page
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    Quote from oaktown2
    I can't comment on why, but I can tell you that if you have a degree, you don't have to do any more GE. There are accelerated programs for people just like you and in my state, a lot of the traditional programs take applications specifically for the nursing school after your "sophomore" year, so again you would have already completed those (because they give you credit). So with a prior degree you can get a BSN in 12-24 months, depending on your school. It is more expensive than an ADN, but the time is the same or less.
    that may or may not be true. I also have a previous Bachelors degree and when I was applying to nursing schools, whether or not they would count any of my previous coursework towards my nursing degree was dependent on how long ago I took the class. So that is another factor you must consider when applying for programs-whether or not any of your previous coursework would count towards your new degree. Because if the answer is no, you then have to factor in whether the cost to re-taking said courses is worth it in the end.
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  12. Visit  babyNP. profile page
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    I know that BSN nurses get community theory and clinical that ADNs do not get. I wonder if they don't have the ethics or leadership classes that I've had...you generally don't get that sort of thing in other BS degrees.
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  13. Visit  GrnTea profile page
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    a bachelor's of science with a nursing major has different content from your other degrees. think about it like this: if you had a ba with an english major, it wouldn't be the same as a ba in french. both bas, but not comparable and definitely not interchangeable for career purposes (unless it's, like, "voulez-vous avoir des pommes-frites avec ca?".

    you don't need the bs with a nursing major if you take the bachelor's-in-anything-to-mn pathway, and no one will say you do. do that and see how many doors open for you!!!
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  14. Visit  llg profile page
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    slave Driver RN has it right. The nursing courses in an ADN program are not identical to the nursing courses in a BSN programs -- assuming that both programs are typical for their type. The predominant differences are that BSN programs include more emphasis on nursing theory, research, leadership, and community health than ADN programs do.

    I have a PhD in nursing. If I also had an Associate's Degree in physics -- that wouldn't make me as qualified in physics as someone with a PhD in physics. That's an extreme example, but it is illustrative of the principle at work here. The introductory coursework of one discipline combined with more advanced education in another discipline is NOT equal to getting the more advanced education in the first field.

    Just as an Associaties Degree in physics plus PhD in nursing is not equal to a PhD in physics. ...
    An ADN plus a BS in another field is not equal to a BSN.

    Same reason -- just less extreme example.
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  15. Visit  fakebee profile page
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    My university offered an ADN and a BSN track when I went back to school. Because I already had a bachelors degree, I had the required humanities, sciences, and languages all bachelors programs require so my requirements for a BSN were strictly the nursing classes that entailed and a statistics class in order to understand how clinical research is conducted and evaluated. My additional nursing classes above those required for an ADN were nursing leadership, management, and research courses, additional clinicals in community health and critical care, an extended clinical preceptorship, and an independent research project to be submitted for approval for a possible future masters thesis. So my BSN entailed additional nursing specific classes above and beyond those required by an ADN curriculum and were nursing specific. In other words if you had a bachelors in botany, you wouldn't know how to propose, formulate, fund, and staff a low cost community health clinic from scratch (my senior group project) and I wouldn't know the 10 types of broadleaf ferns. Hope this helps.
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