ADN vs BSN - page 3

I was just wondering, what is the difference between an ADN (RN)and a BSN (RN), besides the fact one is a 4 year and one is a 2 year program?... Read More

  1. by   Swiftee
    Well, I've actually decided to go ahead and go for my BSN since it would only take me one more year of school. I think it will be harder to go back to school in the long run. Kind of a "seize the day" type thing.
  2. by   KarenAR
    Originally posted by luvmydog
    DOes anyone here have any experience with the "direct-entry" type programs for people with Bachelor's degrees in other disciplines?
    Yes, I do!

    I am in a "second bachelor's degree program" right now. I had a bachelor's in English and just started a BSN program at UNC-Chapel Hill. At UNC, if you already have a bachelor's you can get your BSN in either 24 months or 14 months, your choice. (You're technically a transfer student; they pull in credits from your first degree so you can go right into the nursing curriculum.) However, the 14-month class is a lot smaller in terms of the number of students so it's a little tougher to get into.

    I'm in the 14-month and it is SO INTENSE. I am crazy to be on this bulletin board right now instead of studying...

    In my case I could have gotten an ADN at the local community college, but interestingly enough, they wanted more prerequisite work from me, so it was going to take longer just to GET IN, and then the program was going to be at least two years. So going for the BSN at UNC meant I could be finished and working as a nurse sooner.

    Also, at Miami-Dade Community College (Miami, FL ), if you already have another degree, you can do a 1-year accelerated program for your ADN. (We were thinking of moving there for a while, which is why I know about that one!)

    I'm sorry - I didn't notice where you are from and now can't see that information on the screen, but if you're interested in UNC's programs, check out If you're closer to Florida, I think that link is