A lot of people think the ADN then RN bridge is the way to go. This is certainly a good route for many. However, my advice is to go straight for the BSN if you can.
1. Do not be scared of the price. Many BSN programs have scholarships
. There are also full ride scholarships available from HRSA, Nurse Corps, and the State of California. If you work in certain areas, you are eligible for loan forgiveness through your employer, the state, HRSA or Nurse Corps. The VA and the military also have loan repayment programs.
2. Based on #1, apply to the private schools like Mount St. Mary, because they often have their own scholarship
3. It is harder to find a job with an ADN.
4. Many nursing schools offer online courses for straight lecture. However, classes like health assessment and exams must be done in person. You also must go to clinicals.