I'm sure this has been asked before- but which is better AAS or BSN?

  1. I am currently going for the Associate degree but it's not too late for me to go for the BSN. I've heard that the only difference is the BSN opens more doors for Administrative jobs and Nursing management. I don't want to shut myself out of that option! However, I also don't want to drive over an hour each way to the University every day. The community college is half the distance.

    What is everyone here pursuing and why?

    Last edit by marci3335 on Jan 3, '02
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  3. by   KC CHICK
    Please look through old threads for your answers. This topic has been debated back and forth many times. Just choose what is best for you.

    Good Luck
  4. by   marci3335
    Some were useful. I guess I need to talk to the Nursing Director, maybe she would have some good advice.

  5. by   navyrnc
    I got my BSN 3 years after getting my ADN and RN. I am completing my MSN this year. All these in a span of 10 years. Many nurses have done better. Whatever your educational goals are, pursue it like a mad dog.

    I suggest do your ADN first and earn your RN. You will be in better shape than the generic folks as you are already an RN. They are still working towards their licensure while you've been there and done that. Pursuing your BSN in an RN-BSN program should be a breeze as you are no longer anxious or worried about passing your boards.

    When you get your BSN, perhaps, you can now think about joining the Navy or try military nursing. Let Uncle Sam pay for your MSN or your PhD.

    Bottom line of my 2 cents, get the shortest route to your R.N.

  6. by   NurseAngie
    Great advice, NavyRNC! Sounds logical to me.
  7. by   marci3335
    thanks for the advice! it's funny you mention the navy. i served active duty from 85-89. going back in isn't an option for me now. i have 3 kids and a dh who is secure in his career. but you're right, the navy is a good option for some!

  8. by   janmae1950
    I know that to join the different services you have to be 34 or younger but is there an age restriction for nurses in the service?