already have a bachelors...2nd degree or associates?

  1. I already have a bachelors degree in psychology, would it still be considered having a "bachelors" if I just got a 2 yr associates in nursing instead of do a 2nd degree or accelerated program? I'm asking because the first 2 years or a bachelors in nursing is just the gen. Ed courses that I have already taken. Let me know... Thank! P.s. I mean as far as getting hired for a job that says BSN preferred
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  3. by   heavenbound
    Bachelors degree is a bachelors degree no matter what field of study you obtained it in. You can still apply to an associates degree nursing program, or do the BSN program. If the job requires a BSN and you only have an ADN or a bachelors degree in another field, you would not qualify for the position. If you have completed all of the general education courses that are required for the BSN program, why not go for the higher degree. I do know some people that has gone the ADN route at a community college because it is a lot cheaper than the BSN route; but it usually takes about the same amount of years to complete depending on the program. As far as jobs hiring ADN's or BSN's depends on your area. Some localities are more interested in BSN's over ADN's and vice versa.

    Nursing is not like some other fields of study where you can have a degree in sociology and get the same job as someone with a degree in psychology, social work, education, etc. In Lehman terms, a person with a bachelors degree in psychology cannot obtain a job as an RN (associate or bachelors) without the formal education. I hope this helps and answers your question. I too am a career switcher.
    Last edit by heavenbound on Jan 16, '11
  4. by   DolceVita
    Go to your state university and sit down with their advisors of the BSN program and find out what, from your BSc, gets you credit. I should have done this instead I went for my RN via the ADN (associates degree nursing) because I was ill-advised.

    That being said, the recruiters at the 2 hospitals who say they only hire BSNs have personally told me to apply there. They have some flexibility -- but not much. I will do an MSN and skip the BSN but I was going to do a masters degree anyway.

    For hiring at a Magnet status hospital, or one seeking Magnet status, your BSc is not useful -- doesn't matter if it is in a hard science either.
  5. by   2011NursingStudent
    ADN is cheapest, and the RN to BSN is then just a few more classes for people with a previous bachelor's.
  6. by   JeanettePNP
    I think you're better off going straight for the BSN. Or better yet, an entry-level MSN if there's one in your area.
  7. by   iPink
    Check your area. I'm in an accelerated BSN and glad I'm taking this route, because job market is tough enough as it is in the NE, especially knowing that hospitals won't look at ADN in my area. Those with an ADN are going back for the BSN.