asn or bsn

  1. Hi Im a newbie nurse-lpn. I would like to go back to school can anyone tell me which is better of the two, asn or bsn? Some ppl say it don't matter. Let me know please. Thanks
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  3. by   ZASHAGALKA
    You are probably better served going LPN-ADN RN route. There are programs there that let you use your LVN/LPN experience to 'transition' into those programs.

    Then, set your sights on ADN-BSN transition.

    You are probably better served, in time and the ability to 'work through', by using the transition programs that exist for both jumps.

    In a BSN program, you will have to start new, and it will take you 4 yrs.

    By making both transition 'jumps', you can get a BSN in the same amount of time, AND work your way through. And, for half that time, you'll already be earning an RN salary working your way through.

    And, that also serves to give you more time in and more experience to decide if an ultimate BSN best serves you WHILE working as an RN.

    Check out the transition programs from LVN/LPN to RN in your area. Find out the pre-reqs, and start working on them. But, keep the BSN programs in mind as a further educational 'jump' once you get your RN. There IS an advantage to BSN.

    But, for you, there is likely NOT an advantage to go the straight BSN route when transition programs would get you there in the same time AND allow your previous healthcare experience to aid your educational pathways.

    Last edit by ZASHAGALKA on Aug 28, '06
  4. by   suebird3
    If you do a search of the Forums, there has been several threads addressing the merits of either the ADN or BSN. It also depends on how much of a wait you have in order to get into the school vs. price.....

  5. by   Jules A
    It is my understanding that many of the LPN to ADN bridge programs will give you credit for many of the classes you took in LPN school but I don't think that is the case with the BS programs. I'm not sure if this is still true but it used to be that many of the BSN programs do just class work for the first two years before starting clinical.
  6. by   TheCommuter
    Do the LVN-to-ADN if your goal is to do bedside nursing. Do the LVN-to-BSN if your goal is to move into management, research, education, or sales.

    There's an LVN-to-BSN program near my home that takes approximately 2 years after all prerequisites have been completed. In addition, it's less competetive than the ADN programs around here. My coworker was accepted to the LVN-to-BSN program at Tarleton State University with a whopping 2.8 gpa.