Is associates in nursing useless now? - page 2

Hi all. I've been accepted into the CSN Fall 2011 nursing program. From the rumors I've been hearing around, an associates degree is pretty much useless now. I do have a bachelors in Kinesiology... Read More

  1. by   Tree5981
    ADN has advanced med surg and preceptorship rotation of 120 hours to be completed. Some hospitals do prefer ADN over BSN for that reason alone. It's just depends on what you prefer. You will find work either way
  2. by   amandazappola
    I am switching schools this fall as well. Guess what, most hospitals are applying for magnet status which means I have a better chance with the BSN AND they both take the same amount of time to complete. NSC offers ALL classes for all three major semesters. They also have a small number of the classes needed available in the winter session. The classes do not fill up so you need not worry about that (unlike the madness that is CSN) and the class sizes are smaller. Also worth noting that the pass rate most recently posted for this program at NSC on the Board of Nursing website is at 100%. They have come a long way a short time so you are guaranteed the opportunity you seek.
  3. by   Cupcake89121
    I like NSC and will enter their RN-BSN program after I graduate and get my license (end of this year...hopefully!) but I think you're reading those NCLEX pass rates incorrectly. NSC year-to-date NCLEX pass rate for 2011 was 81.43% of 70 candidates that took the test. Just look at the total percentage for the entire year.

    UNLV was 98.99% of 99 candidates
    CSN was 92.86% of 182 candidates

    Both very impressive I think. NSC is also continually improving and I like what they've done so far considering the newness of the school. I have taken several gen eds there and I really do enjoy the smaller class sizes and relaxed atmosphere.

    Anywhoo, it will always be beneficial to advance your education; however, the ratio of ADN to BSN prepared nurses is pretty uneven right now so I think an ADN is fine at first. I'm going for my BSN right after graduation because I already have enough credits for junior standing AND I figure as a new grad I will be without employment and bored for awhile
  4. by   Tree5981
    Most of the people I know that graduated from CSN in december in my group have found jobs pretty quickly. I also know some people that went to UNLV as well that found work too. I noticed when applying that some hospitals prefer BSN like St Rose. And other places say ADN is the min. requirement. Point being, as far as finding work I don't think it matters what degree you have. There is something for either degree. I think it matters what you plan on doing later on with your career. If you feel the need to go for the BSN then do it. I preferred to do a little at a time since I was working full time. Everyone has a different plan or pace they choose to do. I too am looking to continue my education maybe at NSC as well for my bachelors or somewhere out of state if i move. I'm happy taking my time with it too. I wouldn't be surprised if somewhere down the line ADN programs were to disappear but I don't think it will be for a very long time. They have been saying that rumor since my mom was going through her ADN in the early 1990's!