Questions ADN vs. BSN

  1. hello everyone,

    i am a pre-nursing student and i am debating on getting my adn or bsn. is it best to get my adn first, work, then go back to school for my bsn? just go straight through for my bsn? or will it really matter? is the pay different? what are the limitations on what each can do? :uhoh21:

    also, if i should get my adn first, does it matter where i get it, junior college or tech school, or?

    thanks for your comments and suggestions!
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    RN; from US
    Specialty: 6 year(s) of experience in Healthcare IT


  3. by   Tweety
    Hi. Welcome to Allnurses. The ADN vs. BSN discussion is held here: So take some times and enjoy that.

    Getting an ADN or BSN is a personal choice based on finances, time and personal lifestyle and goals.

    Getting an ADN these days takes about 3 years. One year of pre-reqs and two of nursing. Then getting an ADN to BSN degree takes another 18 to 24 months. So getting your ADN first and then getting a BSN takes longer than going straight for a BSN which takes 4 years.

    There is not much pay different at first for the ADNs and BSNs. Both come out beginning RNs taking the same NCLEX and having the same license. So the initial work is the same. The BSN comes in handy in the future should you want jobs away from the bedside like in a drug company, teaching, research, management, quality, etc. If you're young who knows what you're going to want to be doing 20 years from now. We all say "I never want to get away from the patients", but stress and time takes it toll and it's good to have options.

    It does not matter where you get your ADN. I would make sure it has it's NLN certification, which is the standard for nursing schools. But basically as long as you pass NCLEX at the end it doesn't matter where you go.

    My advice is that if you have the opportunity to get your BSN, then get it now and save the time. Otherwise you might find time passing you by and like me 47 years old and 15 years into my career and wanting the BSN and wishing I'd done it earlier.
    Last edit by Tweety on Oct 3, '06
  4. by   jitterbugg
    Thanks Tweety!

    I will look at the discussions. Thanks for your suggestions!
  5. by   Tweety
    You're welcome. Please feel free to ask any questions you have.
  6. by   jitterbugg