ADN or BSN?

  1. HI!I'm a new user to this site. I am currently in a quandry as to whether to pursue an Associated Degree in Nursing here at the community college where I am now living (I currently have an associate degree in social science, but have the opportunity to enter the ADN (for RN) program here in the fall), or to use a scholarship that pays my tuition and fees at the University 350 miles away and receive a BSN. I'm 50 years old and I just don't know whether I should try for the Bachelor's or just stay here and attain the Associates. I have a 13 year old daughter that would move with me. I need some frank advice. Thanks, guys.
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  3. by   crystalbluern
    WOW, what a decision...I will bet finances will play a big part. I did the ADN with plans to go straight forward into an ADN to BSN program after graduation. That way I could take boards and start working earlier while I completed the BSN. The program between two colleges, had a written agreement on which courses would transfer for the BSN and I even took a few of the courses for the BSN at the first college, since the tuition cost was less there. Lots of planning but it worked out well. I graduated from the ADN program at age 41 (the same DAY my son graduated High School) and then worked doubles on the weekends to allow me to go to the BSN classes during the week. My saint of a husband kept things going at home. Also I had to drive to another town EVERY DAY for the four years I was in school. 45 miles each way. I paid off my student loans (not much, since my husband was working and helped) within a year of graduating with my ADN. However, I did buy a new washer and dryer with my first pay check.
  4. by   tonypeggy
    Quote from crystalbluern
    WOW, what a decision...I will bet finances will play a big part. I did the ADN with plans to go straight forward into an ADN to BSN program after graduation. That way I could take boards and start working earlier while I completed the BSN. The program between two colleges, had a written agreement on which courses would transfer for the BSN and I even took a few of the courses for the BSN at the first college, since the tuition cost was less there. Lots of planning but it worked out well. I graduated from the ADN program at age 41 (the same DAY my son graduated High School) and then worked doubles on the weekends to allow me to go to the BSN classes during the week. My saint of a husband kept things going at home. Also I had to drive to another town EVERY DAY for the four years I was in school. 45 miles each way. I paid off my student loans (not much, since my husband was working and helped) within a year of graduating with my ADN. However, I did buy a new washer and dryer with my first pay check.

    Thanks for your input. If I'm looking at this correctly, I should be able to get my BSN in the same amount of time it'll take me to get the ADN (two years). Seems sensible to move to the university; I'm not sure why the hesitation. Maybe I'm thinking it may not be worth moving, especially at my age (almost 51). Do you know what the pay difference is normally between having an ADN and a BSN?
  5. by   crystalbluern
    Two years??..Oh that is right if you mean two years after you get your ADN and then go forward for another two years to complete the BSN. Will your scholarship pay for the ADN to BSN part??? that may be an option. If it will still be good in two years, I am not sure how that works.
  6. by   crystalbluern
    ALso, there is not a big difference in the pay between ADN and BSN in most areas, except for qualification to enter specialty units. Also promotion into management positions usually requires at least the BSN and often an MSN.
  7. by   tonypeggy
    Quote from crystalbluern
    Two years??..Oh that is right if you mean two years after you get your ADN and then go forward for another two years to complete the BSN. Will your scholarship pay for the ADN to BSN part??? that may be an option. If it will still be good in two years, I am not sure how that works.

    I guess I didn't explain very well. I can start either program (ADN here at the community college where I live on-campus), or BSN at the univeristy 350 miles away) both in Fall, 2005. Whichever program I decide to take I will complete in two years. I already have an Associates Degree (in social science) which will transfer to the University (just as if I had completed the first two years at the university itself), only I completed them here at the community college). I have completed all pre-requisites for admittance into the BSN program at the university. I did well here at the community college and received a full ride (all tuition and fees paid) to the university should I decide to go. My hang-up is, is it worth it to pack up and move there for two years instead of just staying here and living on-campus at the community college? Here I would be getting the ADN; there I'd be getting a BSN.
  8. by   tonypeggy
    Quote from crystalbluern
    ALso, there is not a big difference in the pay between ADN and BSN in most areas, except for qualification to enter specialty units. Also promotion into management positions usually requires at least the BSN and often an MSN.
    What is considered a specialty unit? I am interested in working in surgury as an RN. Do you think that would require a BSN?
  9. by   crystalbluern
    Some hospitals may specify BSN in some areas like OB, NICU etc...you need to check in your area and talk to nurses there. Sometimes the units are willing to train a new nurse, sometimes they want prior experience in these areas.
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  12. by   DDRN4me
    kitty..i know 350 miles sounds far (i drive it to seee my grandmma 5 or 6 times a year) but the benefit of not having to do it ever again would outweigh the inconvenience, especially if someone else were paying for it!!! just imho !

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