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Need help with choosing degree, New here :)


Okay, first thank you to ANYONE who replies! It is MUCH appreciated! So I am really wanting to go for my RN to then go on and eventually get my BSN, Now my question is: Would I be able to get a general associates of science and then go on for my BSN with no problem? Or should I get my Associates of Nursing (ADN) VS. a general Associates of Science? I'm asking because I want to take online classes, as I move around A LOT for the military, and I have just given birth to twin boys! I really just need someone to explain the situation to me, with a general associates of science, please (which I am more geared towards, and sorry if I sound stupid, I don't understand it all quite yet), Oh, and online classes are kind of a MUST at this point (at least for right now) Thank You very much :)

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma. Has 41 years experience.

Welcome to AN! and CONGRATS ON THE TWINS! You are going to be busy!!!

Nursing school itself can not be done online. Only the prerequisites can be done on line.

Is this associated in science not associated with a nursing program?

There are multiple ways into nursing.

1) diploma/tech school LPN: these are usually at technical programs that are approximately 12 months in length. Successful completion will allow you to sit for NCLEX PN. You can then go to a LPN RN bridge program

2) diploma RN: these are hospital based programs they typically last approximately 3 years. If your are hired by your school you are good. However in this present job climate...facilities are really only hiring BSN grads. Sucessful conmpletion will allow you to sit for NCLEX RN

3) Associate degree: These are typically community college programs and most universities have eliminated the associated option from their curriculum and have opted to offer only ABSN. This degree and be wither ADN or ASN depending on course objective with the ASN having more science involved. They will both allow you to sit for NCLEX RN

4) traditional BSN entry: These are 4 year programs (once accepted) university based programs with a focus on prerequisites/college required the first 2 years and a clinical nursing focus the last 2 years.

5) Accelerated BSN: these are at the university level and are 12-24 months to complete depending how many prerequisite courses are required to satisfy required courses. A bachelors in another degree required

6) direct entry MSN: These are university based programs that after you obtain your BSN you can sit for NCLEX then have approxmately a year after that to gain your MSN they are approximately 51/2-6 years.

I am sure that is clear as mud.


My suggestion. Get your perquisites online unitl your babies are older. My children are 11 months apart. YOU are going to be VERY BUSY!!!!! THey are going to be small, as endless as it is now, only short period of time. Enjoy them. It goes by SO FAST when you look back.

ps....Pottie training was a blessing. ((HUGS))

Thank you so much for your response! I am already very busy! It seems to never end! I am just curious as to how I figure out what pre-requisites I need to take online? I am headed more towards the ADN/ASN route!

applesxoranges, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER.

Well, I would wait till you're in a more stable position and able to work towards getting into a specific school. If you get a general associates degree, you may not be able to get financial aid for another associates degree. If you spend too long in school, you may not be able to get financial aid. Look up SAP or satisfactory academic policy. The worst thing is to find out one or two semesters before graduation that you no longer have financial aid and don't have the money to graduate.

They count all the time and credit for school including the time when I was in high school. Some schools are easy to get waivers and others are really cracking down.

When you have two or three specific schools in mind, then you can figure out what type of requirements they have. Some schools will not accept online labs and lectures for science credits. Some schools may require a specific level of anatomy and physiology. My school offered A&P 120something and A&P 220something. If you took the 120, it did not count.

Another thing is how long will it take you to get into the nursing program? Does the nursing programs have limits on how long the science and math credits are viewed as valid? I know in my school it was 7 years.

subee, MSN, CRNA

Specializes in CRNA, Finally retired. Has 49 years experience.

You need to be in one place long enough to gather enough credits from that institution to be granted a degree. And you have to be able to attend clinicals at the school from which you will be graduating. Every school's pre-reqs. are different so you'll have to go online to each school to find them out.

Gentleman_nurse, MSN

Specializes in Behavioral health. Has 8 years experience.

Are in the service? If so try to career change to a medical job. I know NY allows to earn your LPN certification from military training. From there you can enter an RN program with advanced standing.


Specializes in Outpatient Psychiatry.

Most colleges require around 30 semester credits and a final year to get a bachelor's degree there. Once you get your RN license, after finishing some type of associate's degree program, you can fairly easily find a RN-BSN program somewhere. About half of that will be general education-type courses that you could complete online anywhere, and don't be negative about extra English, history and stuff because that's what education is all about! Other than that you'll have another 30 or so credits of nurse stuff like leadership/management, health assessment, public or community health, and whatever else that school throws in. The three I just mentioned seem to be uniform to all BSN programs. Good luck and happy moving.

I hate moving, lol!!