RN to BSN programs

  1. I was hoping to get some opinions on which is the best path to go. I am a pre-nursing student and I am not sure if I should take a 2-year ADN program and then do a RN to BSN bridge or if it is more time affective to just get the BSN out of the way. I am married with 2 small children so I would prefer to take the shortest route to success but I am willing to put in the time needed. I would just like to hear what other have done. Any advice would be appreciated.
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   txspadequeenRN
    Well I will tell you what I am planning to do . I am a LVN and hoping to bridge here starting in summer 07. I have all my BSN pre- classes done but 2 (stats,algebra). So I thought I would do the ADN then take my time to get my BSN but online. The reason I want my BSN is I want the option later when I get my kids bigger to get a masters and maybe teach. I don't think it matters how you do it as long as you set you goals and in the end accomplish all you set out to do. My first job is mommy so I have to chip at my goal a little at a time....
  4. by   Junebug7700
    If you are questioning it I would just go ahead and get the BSN. It is usually only one more semester (Management, Research and Community Health). I hope that helps.
  5. by   txspadequeenRN
    It may be one more semester of nursing courses but it's many more pre-classes to take for the BSN program. My ADN requires 28 hours pre-classes but the BSN program in my area is 54... This is just to get in , I think the ADN general ed total is 35 and the BSN is 64. I personally say if you have the classes done apply everywhere and go where you go in... This area is so competitive.


    Quote from Junebug7700
    If you are questioning it I would just go ahead and get the BSN. It is usually only one more semester (Management, Research and Community Health). I hope that helps.
  6. by   Junebug7700
    Quote from txspadequeen921
    It may be one more semester of nursing courses but it's many more pre-classes to take for the BSN program. My ADN requires 28 hours pre-classes but the BSN program in my area is 54... This is just to get in , I think the ADN general ed total is 35 and the BSN is 64. I personally say if you have the classes done apply everywhere and go where you go in... This area is so competitive.
    You are totally right about that. I just would think if you are going to go back anyways why not just get it done with the first time while you are in school mode. If you are worried about money- you can work for a hospital making 12-15 dollars an hour and get (approximately $5000) in tuition reimbursement. I just think you should get the BSN the first time, unless you never want to get a masters. I know when I was applying too, some hospitals are not hiring graduate ADN nurses (only graduate BSN nurses) in specialty units. Just FYI
  7. by   curlysue82
    Thanks for the advice. I think I'll wait and see how things go with my pre-req classes.
  8. by   PMHNP10
    if cost is an issue, go thru an ADN program first, then get a job and hopefully have your employer pay for a portion of your RN-BSN education.

    If cost is not an issue, go the direct route to the BSN.

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