Would you recommend doing RN to BSN or RN to MSN

  1. I have my ADN and I am about to sign up for classes to get my BSN and I see other classes offer ADN to MSN programs and I wonder which I should tackle? Any suggestions?
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   PMFB-RN
    Quote from TXRN44
    I have my ADN and I am about to sign up for classes to get my BSN and I see other classes offer ADN to MSN programs and I wonder which I should tackle? Any suggestions?
    *** The ONLY reason I can see to do a BSN is if you plan on applying to CRNA school. The absolutly require a bachelors degree to apply (doesn't have to be in nursing).
    Why not just do the RN to MSN? It's only slightly longer but much shorter than RN to BSN to MSN. I have seen RN to MSN programs that were only 44 credits total for an AND and douable in two years.
  4. by   S.G.
    I did RN-BSN because I didn't like the options offered for MSN given the RN-MSN route. I needed something online given my location, my children, and my job. There weren't any RN-MSN options that fit in with my schedule and my career goals. It was the right decision for me.
  5. by   nurse2033
    If your long term goal it to get the MSN then the direct route would probably have less credits involved. I've gotten a LOT of use out of my MSN and was 100% worth it.
  6. by   SE_BSN_RN
    Depends on what you want to do. I chose to get my BSN, and I plan to go the BSN-DNP route. There's the rumor, like they're phasing out LPN/ADN in favor of BSN and pretty soon they'll phase out BSN-MSN and go to the doctorate. They want BSN to be entry level, and DNP nurses to increase, also. I know they've been saying that for years, but I see more and more "BSN required" now than I did 5 years ago.
  7. by   KelRN215
    What do you want to do?
  8. by   -AO-
    Definitely depends on your individual, long-term goals and plans. No one here can help you determine that.
  9. by   ~PedsRN~
    Yep. I thought about going the RN-MSN route, I just didn't know what kind of MSN I wanted. So I decided, for the time being, to go the BSN route. I can do the MSN later on down the road if I so choose to.... I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.
  10. by   armyinfantrywife
    Quote from nurse2033
    If your long term goal it to get the MSN then the direct route would probably have less credits involved. I've gotten a LOT of use out of my MSN and was 100% worth it.
    Hi,
    I was wondering what school offers RN-MSN route?
  11. by   Not_A_Hat_Person
    From what I've seen, RN-BSN-MSN is cheaper than RN-MSN.
  12. by   Palliative Care, DNP
    Old Dominion University used to but I'm not sure if they still offer that.
  13. by   kelzfuturenurse
    Quote from Mom To 4
    Old Dominion University used to but I'm not sure if they still offer that.
    They do offer it still, you get your BSN/MSN concurrently. I'm strongly considering doing this once I finish at Riverside's School of Nursing.
  14. by   LisalaRN99
    I chose RN to BSN because if for whatever reason you cannot "go the distance" in the program, you do not have the BSN. It's MSN or nothing. At least that was the way it was explained to me at the time, so if this has changed, forgive me. Any way, I completed my BSN...which honestly gets you nothing, no matter what anyone tells you, except the ability to get into an MSN program, which I am now doing. My ultimate goal is to become a psych NP, which means I will probably be going for the DNP, the way academic politics are heading!

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