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Going from BA and RN to BSN???

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by blr9587 blr9587 (New Member) New Member

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If I have a Bachelors degree in Sociology, so an Arts and Sciences BA and an Associate's Degree in nursing with an RN license.

Does anyone know how much I would need to do to turn that into a BSN?

I am just curious if the fact that I already have a BA in another field would make the schooling I would need to get a BSN a lot shorter? or if it matters at all that I have a BA?

I know there are a lot of online programs and such to go from RN to BSN that can be done very quickly I'm just wondering if anyone else is in my situation or knows if i would need to take less classes?

Thanks!

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I think a better use of your time and money would be to enter an MSN program. You would gain more for your effort. There are programs that you can enter with an ASN in nursing. Depending upon the program, you will get a BSN along the way, or not, just depends.

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If you need to earn a BSN (some employers require a BSN, and do not honor a RN-MSN) will take you from 8-18 months depending on the school. At my own University, our RN-BSN cam be completed in as little as 2 semesters with classes meeting 3 days/semester. In general, if you need to earn a BSN degree it will take you 30 or so credits.

RN-MSN programs usually do not award a BSN degree, but take you directly into a Masters program. While this can save time, one thing to coonsider is whether you are ready to take graduate nursing classes right now (grad research/biostatistics, graduate theory, graduate patho, etc) if you have not had the relevant undergraduate nursing classes. Although you have 2 undergraduate degrees already, I doubt that you had undergraduate patho, nursing theory, and nursing research already. It is a very personal decision based on your own background, study habits, and what programs are available to you.

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