This may sound like a strange question, but I'm wondering if it's possible for someone who holds an ADN to transfer to a traditional BSN program? I only ask because I'm not very impressed with the online RN to BSN programs.
Should be possible. The best place to start is with the BSN programs in your area and ask what is required.
Most brick & mortar universities that offer traditional BSN programs usually have an RN-to-BSN program as well. Just know that the trend seems to be most of your courses will be online. I live 5 minutes away from a major university and the only difference between the online programs and the state school was the requirement for "clinicals" for the leadership/management course at the state school (basically shadowing a charge nurse & nurse manager). The majority of the courses were still online, very little campus time required.
If you already have your ADN, most BSN completion programs are going to be non-clinical and more managerial in nature, e.g. leadership, informatics, cultural nursing, EBP, etc., because you've already obtained your RN.
I think you would be fine doing RN-BSN, as it is all non-clinical classes you need. You may find a school that offers a hybrid version where you take a mix of online and in person classes, that's what my university offered. My feeling is that no school would let you into a full BSN program if you already have your ADN and are an RN, that would be a conflict of interest. You do also realize you will pay about 12K for RN-BSN and upwards of 70K for a full BSN (depending on the university), right? That would a giant waste of money! You could use that money for your RN-BSN and a graduate degree, and still pay less!
Last edit by AnnieOaklyRN on Oct 14
Many RN-BSN programs are online because these attract nurses who are already working full-time with their ADNs who need a flexible schedule while finishing out BSN coursework. However in-person RN-BSN programs do exist, the university I attended for my ABSN offers both an in-person RN-BSN with regular face-to-face classes and local clinical placements, as well as an online/distance learning RN-BSN with asynchronous online course work and a couple of in-person "intensive" days per term.
If there is a particular campus you are thinking of attending see if they offer an RN to BSN option, many do. I am not sure that a traditional 4 year degree is even possible for a student that already has a previous degree in the same field. Even if it is possible why would you want to pay for courses you don't need? Not to mention the possible horror of struggling with or even worse failing a class you don't even need.
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