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My husband has an bachelors degree in sociology and has interest in nursing.Can he obtain an BSN much quicker with a bachelors degree? or is it an ADN he can obtain much quicker.How would we get started?I dont want to be responsible for all the bills if its going to take a full 4years to do it.Any advice...Thank You in advance:yeah:


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Going to a community college for an AD to become a RN would be the quickest and cheapest route as this is a 2 year versus 4 year degree. Depending on the courses he has taken chances are good he will have some of the pre-reqs under his belt which will help some. He needs to apply ASAP and know that NS is very competitive and often has a very long waiting list.

The sooner he aplies the sooner he can take the entrance test, pass it and get on the waiting list. And as someone with a BA in an unrelated field prior to nursing pls let him know he won't be exempt from the nursing entrance tests. He can then start to take any pre-reqs he still needs before actually being admitted to the program which will help to cut down on some coursework. Good luck.

Specializes in MICU, neuro, orthotrauma.

There are "accelerated BSN" programs to which he could apply and graduate in 12-18 months. Most are 12 I believe. I don't know if one is in your area, but you can google "accelerated BSN" and your state and see where the nearest one would be.

Specializes in MICU, neuro, orthotrauma.

Your profile states you are in Charlotte. You're in luck!


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In my case, it was quicker to get the BSN. I already had a previous bachelors, but no science. I had to take two semesters (part time) of science prereqs. The nursing program was another 5 semesters (full time) for a total of 3.5 years. They transferred all my GenEd prereqs over from my prior bachelors. For the ADN programs I looked at, they would not transfer any GenEd prereqs and I would have had another 3 semesters of prereqs, plus the science prereqs. The difference was the BSN was 1 semester quicker.

I have a bachelor in education and im doing the BSN in a year through a 2nd degree program... its intense but worth it.


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Try Duke; it's a great program; very male friendly; BSN in 16 months.


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Specializes in ER, Peds, Informatics.

I have a sociology degree too. I went and did my nursing prereqs at a community college. Then I went and did an accelerated BSN program in 16 months. An ADN program is not worth it if he already has a degree. In my case, it would have taken longer to do an ADN than a BSN and generally speaking that is the case for anyone who already has a bachelor's. Good luck!


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Since you have to have the pre-reqs done before applying to community college (2-2.5 years) or university accelerated BSN (11-18 months), I gotta recomend the BSN accelerated. More likely to be with people of his same mind set and cohort and life experiance. Mean time, pre-reqs can be done at commuity college and online, at what ever pace suite him.


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BSN accelerated is faster. Your profile states you are in Charlotte. I am a graduate from WSSU, Winston Salem State, the accelerated program there is 13 months. I personally know people in the accelerated program who lived in Charlotte that would commute or stayed on campus. It may be worth checking out.


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I'd look at a accelerated BSN program if there are any in your area. It's usually a one year program (plus perhaps some prerequisites) for those already holding a bachelors.

I went that route, and many of the prerequisites were available on-line, such as Lifespan Development, Sociology, Nutrition. I opted to take Chemistry, Micro and A&P thru the college that awards the degree. I had to take quite a few prerequisites because it's been several decades since I got my first degree, and things change.

(A nephew, less steeped in Confucian regard for his elders, asked me if the Periodic Table existed when I took Chemistry the first time. :nono:God help him if he ever needs a nurse and I'm around. :lol2:)

Bottom line is that with some planning and help from the program, you can continue to work while taking prerequisites and only be a full time student for a year, if that's what works for you.

Good luck to you.

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