Associates degree vs. Bachelors

Students ADN/BSN


You are reading page 2 of Associates degree vs. Bachelors


18 Posts

congrats spineCNOR on your accomplishment and thank you new ccu rn. I've always told myself that I'd at least have my bachelors degree, and when I found out that there wasn't a huge difference between the two I considered just going for the associates program since it's more affordable. But then it will actually end up being more costly for me to complete my adn and then when i decide to complete my bsn i'll still end up forking out the mula$. thanks again for your help :)


1,334 Posts

Specializes in NICU.

There are many good, bad, and ugly discussions on this topic. May I just add something from a different perspective?

Many of my coworkers talk about the terrible school loans they have to pay off from going to a university and getting their BSN. Thosuands of dollars, $300-400 per month payments for some of them. Our BSN differential is a mere 5%, which comes out to not even $100 extra per month.

Point being, several of the girls at work wish they had gotten an ADN, which would have been quicker and cheaper... then gone back for a BSN later when they are more financially stable (because then they would be working as a nurse and not a cashier or whatever). Something to consider if money or time is an issue (and when is it not).

I do not know exactly what the difference is. But I do have some insight. I have a best friend that that is getting an Associates while I am obtaining my Bachelor's. We are stressing the same and she has just as much to do as I. The only difference that I see is that right now I am getting more hands on experience in labs. There is also more opportunity for leadership. In the end where the difference will stand is not whether we are just licensed RN's but what did we actively do while obtaining the degree. It also depends on what you want your future to be. I want to be a nurse practitioner so I will need to obtain an advanced degree and getting my BSN will get me one step further.


40 Posts

I agree with Kristi, ADN programs are cheaper and you can get your BSN while you work as a RN. Also, in the area I went to school the hospitals here paid for you to continue your education. Good luck with your decision.


385 Posts

originally posted by rnntraining

i was just wondering if anyone could clarify wether there's actually a significant difference if one opts for an associates degree program rather than a bachelors degree program. most would say time is the first difference but i found that to be false at least in my area. at the community college here, it's called a two year program since it's a two year school, but in all actuality before you can even apply for the program you have to have at least a year to year and a half of prereqs. out of the way. so it ends up taking just as long at the univ. then i've heard that there isn't a pay difference between the two degrees. the difference is apparent when it comes time for promotions. t or f? any help would be appreciated :rolleyes:

imo the best advice anyone can give, is for you to do what is best for you.

in my case, i kinda ended up going for my childhood dream because hubbies job moved us. i didn't like the job opportunities or offers available in my area. so, at the ripe old age of 40 enrolled in college for the first time in my life, and to tell you the truth i just wasn't sure i could do it :imbar it turned out there is a cc about 2 miles from my house and after doing some research i found it would take me 3 years to do the adn program at at total cost of around $8,000. (as opposed to upwards of $20,000 at the 4 year schools) it was my choice to take the support classes during the first year, we have anywhere between 5-10 students per year that do the program in 2 years. (many students spread out the first 2 years of the bsn to 3 or 4 years, depending on their circumstances) i also did some checking around and found the largest new grad pay difference to be $1/hr so figured it would take me about $12 years to make up the difference.:eek: so the cc route was the one for me. i will probably continue for the bsn via distance learning once i am working and possibly go for my masters so i can teach nursing at some point in time. as far as the bsn being required, that has been tossed around for 25 years.;)

good luck in whatever you decide and remember whichever way you go, you will still end up a :nurse:


1,961 Posts

Originally posted by New CCU RN

Hey there! Don't worry about asking that question. It is a perfectly good one and if it makes others upset or annoyed well why does it?

It is a legitimate question, and it doesn't upset or annoy us at all! We've just been here a little longer than you and have seen this question, and the drama that follows it, a few times before. We're just waiting patiently under the chair for when the mud starts flying around...... :D



18 Posts

Thank you for your replies everyone :) My fiance's job has forced him to live in a small town about two hours south of Tucson, AZ. So if I get my ADN here and we get hitched, when I pursue my BSN later I'd like to be able to do it either online or once a week. Is this possible or is it the same intense full schedule routine as the two years you're running around at clinicals and practically living on campus?

+ Add a Comment

By using the site, you agree with our Policies. X