Based on my own personal decisions, I would have to say that the ADN program is better for me. In approx. 2 1/2 years, I will have my degree and will be eligible to take the boards. If I pass, then I will be able to practice. This is opposed to taking the BSN approach first and having to wiat that extra time. I am attending a college where everything will transfer, so I do not have to worry about losing money when I do go for my BSN to further my education. If you do not plan on working while going to school, then this approach may not be for you, maybe you would benefit more from just going straight through the BSN program. And yes, some hospitals will pay for your tuition if you devote time to working for them. It is so much time per so many semesters. St. John's and St. Francis, in Oklahoma, are two that I know of that do do this. And I would suggest that you go and talk to human resources to find out if the hospitals in your area do this. They usually have information to hand out on what is required and how it works. As far as college classes while in high school, if you can handle the course load and time at home on Friday nights writing essays or studing for exams, then sure go for it. You should get the degree requirements for the college that you plan on attending and take a class. Composition is a guarantee. I know that there are limits on what you can take and how many credits you can take but you can at least get a head start. Oh, yeah....if you plan on going through the ADN program, you usually have two options. Option #1 - Take all of your pre-requirements first (Comp. A&P, Chemistry, Pshycology, etc.) and then start the nursing classes. Opt #2 start your nursing program and do the pre-req's at the same time. Once again, this is all on what you can stand. There is a lot of reading in nursing and it all goes really fast....and the other classes can be demanding. This is not to say that you can't do it either way, bc I am sure you can, but it is just to give you an idea. Opt #1 takes about 2 1/2 semesters and Opt#2 about 2. Maybe a little longer, or an extra summer or so. But the actual nursing courses are 4 semesters in length-at my college, that is. I hope this info will help. And good luck!