AAS or BSN?

  1. I am currtently enrolled to start my pre requisitions in the spring semester for my AAS degree. I have recently heard that most hospitals are not hiring nurses with associates degrees. My original plan was to earn my associates and work in the hospital when the time came and then to further my education and pursue my bachelors. Now I am not sure if that is a possibility or if I should change my major before I even start and pursue a bachelors degree instead?
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  3. by   Sour Lemon
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    I am currtently enrolled to start my pre requisitions in the spring semester for my AAS degree. I have recently heard that most hospitals are not hiring nurses with associates degrees. My original plan was to earn my associates and work in the hospital when the time came and then to further my education and pursue my bachelors. Now I am not sure if that is a possibility or if I should change my major before I even start and pursue a bachelors degree instead?
    "Most hospitals" where? In the world? In the USA? In the state of Arkansas? In New York City? Location matters a lot for this type of question. The competitiveness of your desired specialty, number of working years left, and your personal financial circumstances may also be important considerations.
  4. by   Kotylynne
    My advice to you is the advice I saw on here when I was looking. Look at job listings for your area and see what most requirements are. In my area there are plenty of ASN listings and many that say ASN but want BSN within however many years of signing on. You will be fine!! They say the same exact thing about LPN, they have for years and that still isnt true!
  5. by   tonyl1234
    From what I've seen, most hospitals still hire RNs that only have an associates. And most hospitals still hire LPNs. That restriction tends to only really exist in highly competitive areas. To give you an idea: Mayo Clinic, one of the highest profile hospitals in the US, hires RNs from diploma programs, as long as you get your BSN within 5 years.

    You need to look around your area. Go to the websites of local hospitals, and look at their requirements for hire for RN jobs. Stop listening to everything you hear online. These are nurses, not HR directors for corporate run hospital systems.

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