I get where you are coming from. I originally was going for pharmacy in LIU Brooklyn, it was incredibly pricey for something that I found out I didn't want to do my whole life (I'm more of a hands on, instant gratification person). I ended up going to City Tech & then Queens College & was unfortunately screwed by the entire CUNY system with my transfer credits and such. I ended up taking a break all together and tried to figure out what I really wanted to do. I decided on nursing and went for an ADN in a small private school in which the course work was fast paced, challenging, and full of information. I finished my ADN on time and right afterwards took my NCLEX and enrolled in a BSN program online. In total, it will have taken me 2.5 years to get my BSN. I'm currently working as an RN with my ADN, but I must admit it is very hard to find a job aside from home care or nursing home. If this is where you want to practice, then starting out with an ADN is fine. I've tried these settings and found that they were not for me. I definitely see myself as a floor nurse. I'm more have about 4 months left until I get my BSN, but getting a hospital in a job, I've found is either luck or based on who you know. One of my coworkers has a BSN and still cannot find a hospital position after 1 year of working at our job, another took 2 years before getting picked up by a hospital. A few classmates of mine got picked up by hospitals within 4 months because they knew management. So you really have to weigh your options here.