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BSN vs ADN on a budget

PDom PDom (New) New

Hey everyone! This is my first post so I hope I can get some good advice. I am a nursing student at Alverno College in Wisconsin, and I have two years left in the program to get my BSN. I already have a Bachelors Degree in Biology from UW-Madison but unfortunately did not have a very competitive GPA when it came to getting into other nursing or Accelerated nursing programs. I am going to have a very hard time paying another $35,000 minimum for my last two years of school. I have been thinking about transferring to a technical school to get my ADN because it would save me a ton of money and then working towards my BSN while working and possibly have tuition assistance for that part of the degree. I really just need help deciding whether I should stick it out and find a way to pay for the rest of my BSN. Would it hurt me and my chances of getting a good job to get my ADN first? I'm planning on going for my Masters also, and I know that it would take me longer to get there if I get my ADN first, but I can't help but think it may be worth it to save the money. If anyone has any input at all I would love to hear it!

windsurfer8, BSN

Specializes in Psych/Military Nursing.

If you want a masters getting a BSN is essential. As far as "worth it" only you can decide. First off you need to talk to HR at the hospital where you want to work and ask if they are hiring ADN new grads. Many hospitals do not. Impossible to say if it will "hurt your chances" to get a job. And if you are planning to get a MSN you better get those grades up. Low GPA is not getting you into grad school.


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