RN vs. BSN

  1. I guess I'm a little confused and new to the whole nursing field (I've always leaned towards PA, but finally decided nursing was what I truly wanted to do)

    Anyways, I've been looking at colleges online and I see RN to BSN. Is RN the associates degree? Or...? I feel like this is such a dumb question, but I see a lot of these programs. I'm assuming RN to BSN is if you have prior nursing experience and 'traditional BSN' is if you don't?
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  3. by   hawksrn2014
    The RN to BSN is advancement for those that have their RN. Some schools have fast track BSN programs, but you still have to obtain your RN license first
  4. by   woodsyny
    That is how you learn by asking questions. R.N. to BSN means you are already an associate degree nurse or diploma nurse and are an R.N. already. Traditional is you go the full 4 years to obtain a BSN in nursing and not an associate. These are 4 year colleges and usually in the classroom. When I was in nursing school 30 years ago the first 2 years of a BSN program were your electives and sciences and prereq's and the last 2 years were clinical. Hope this helps!
  5. by   waisy92
    This helped, thanks! Now it makes sense why so many nursing schools have strict pre reqs for people with no prior experience s: