I have recently started taking prerequisite classes for nursing school at a local community college. I have a bachelor's (psych) and a master's (health care administration) but have spent much more time as a stay at home mom and preschool teacher than working in these fields.
So, I'm looking at the choices to either pursue the ADN at Austin Community College or to apply to the Texas Tech 2nd degree BSN program. Unfortunately, it looks like I will have a lot of pesky rereqs like history, political science, etc (in addition to the sciences) if I do the TT program.
In total, if I REALLY pack in the rereqs, the programs will end up taking about the same length of time.
Here is where I will come clean. I don't really want to take additional school classes outside of science/nursing classes. The thought of taking the general education classes horrifies me. I know this may sound lazy and short sighted but I am 40 years old and have two kids and work part time. I was really hoping to just learn a new skill, not revisit my college days!!
I don't know yet what type of nursing I want to go into but I do know that I will be staying in the Austin area for at least another 10 years or so. So, be honest, and tell me if I need to suck it up and go for the BSN right now. Or make me happy and tell me to get the ADN and slowly work toward the BSN after I am working.
Thanks for any advice.
I say just go for the ADN! From what I understand, the difference in pay between ADN and BSN nurses is negligible, and you already hold advanced degrees, so the ADN would be enough I would think. Also, since you haven't started the nursing courses yet, you have no way of knowing if the field is "for you"- ADN programs are usually much cheaper, and you can bridge to BSN later, if you decide nursing is absolutely for you!
I have my ADN, am in a RN to BSN program now, have 2 small children, and work as an RN. I had no problem finding a job with "just" my ADN.
Just my 2 cents
Last edit by mama2 on Jul 2, '12
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