I did the 30 unit option program a LONG time ago through a community college. (I was an old lady in a hurry and this seemed to be California's answer to the growing nursing shortage). Our class of 40 only lost about 3 on the way. It was a one year program. We took our boards (the older ones where you went for 2 days, 4 sessions and only given twice a year, took 2 months for results) and only one failed. (We suspect she did that for financial reasons (got more allimony from 'ex' and an LVN)
I've been happily (and successfully) practicing as a RN for years. We were told (at the time), that only 6 states had no reciprocity with us-(I'm sure that's changed by now)-one of them was North Dakota, where they said you had to have a BSN to be a RN there.
If you're not planning on moving out of state and you're a little older (I say that with no malice in my heart) and want to get it in a hurry, I'd say go for it. But, you must remember, technically, you are not a graduate of any school of nursing, so you're not a diploma nurse
, nor a graduate of a college, so you don't have a degree. (Some employers list that you must be a graduate of an accredited school of nursing) You DO have a RN license, because you've completed the requirements to sit the board and passed. The license looks like any other California RN license and the employer will know that status only when they CALL the BRN for license verification (It's not posted on the website)
Don't get me wrong, I'm NOT saying you should hide it from anyone. I'm not ashamed of once being a an LVN or now, a 30 unit option RN. I am a RN. period. Like it was said before, even if you get the degree later, you can't change the BRN status.
Of you have the time, patience and enjoy school, I'd say go for the degree. My husband went back to school at 48 and got his degree in nursing at 54.
If I had to do it all over again, I would have listened to my parents and 'applied myself' in college when I was 17, and gotten the MSN at that time.
Shouldda, couldda, wouldda