Bsn Degree

  1. hi, i was wanting to get everyones opinion on this. i got accepted to the nursing school where i wanted to go but the only program they offer is the bsn program. would you suggest to go straight for the bsn? i have heard that down the road that rn's will be required to have a bsn degree. any input on this would be helpful. thanks.
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  3. by   caroladybelle
    If you review this BB, there are literally hundreds (possibly Thousands) of threads on this topic, with a great deal of information on this topic. Several are quite current and detail this issue in depth.
  4. by   Lacie
    If you have been accepted and can afford it now then I would advise get it done. Primarily if you see yourself going into any management arena in the future as this is where it will be beneficial. If you dont plan on doing so then if you prefer go the other route with the ADN and bridge later. Nowadays with the waiting time to get into some schools if you can afford the $ as it is difficult to try to work fulltime and go to school full-time. I went straight BSN with the attitude just get it done now and out of the way while I had to opportunity to do so.
  5. by   jonzey
    Go for the BSN.You will have more opportunities.
  6. by   justme1972
    Quote from basketlover9173
    hi, i was wanting to get everyones opinion on this. i got accepted to the nursing school where i wanted to go but the only program they offer is the bsn program. would you suggest to go straight for the bsn? i have heard that down the road that rn's will be required to have a bsn degree. any input on this would be helpful. thanks.
    i personally, plan to get my bsn right away...but i'm getting my asn first to let a hospital pay for the rest of my education. from what i have read on these threads and research that i have done personally, asn or bsn doesn't make much of a difference when you are a new nurse, but it can open up more doors down the line with an advanced degree, especially if you want to go further.

    however, if you are already accepted, don't give up your slot...a huge number of student applicants for rn programs in general get turned away...it's like a lottery ticket.
  7. by   I_am_Julia
    if you've been accepted to the program and nursing is what you really want, i say go for it. in the event that you want to purse higher education in any field, you will need a least a bachelors. therefore, go for it while you can. best of luck to you.


    Quote from basketlover9173
    hi, i was wanting to get everyones opinion on this. i got accepted to the nursing school where i wanted to go but the only program they offer is the bsn program. would you suggest to go straight for the bsn? i have heard that down the road that rn's will be required to have a bsn degree. any input on this would be helpful. thanks.
  8. by   Tweety
    To me it's a no-brainer. You were accepted. Its the school you want to go to. Get the BSN degree.

    The BSN is more than likelly not going to be mandatory anytime soon. However, it will afford you opportunities in the future. 20 years from now you might want to do a job that requires a BSN and you'll have it.

    Good luck. I moved your post to the forum where these things are discussed.
  9. by   mstrick1226
    Hi,
    I am a junior in a 4 year BSN program in NC. This is a second bachelors degree for me, because I finally figured out what I want to be. I spoke with several nurses where my husband works before I applied to school, because the community college program seemed much quicker. They all agreed that the extra time spent in the BSN program would be worth it in the long run. Fortunately, for me, most of my previous classes transferred and I only had to take one year of pre-nursing courses. Now, I am very glad that I chose to go this route, because I see so many more opportunities. I have one year left after this semester, but I may go on to pursue an MSN after some work experience. Having a BSN will make this future option much easier.
    As far as cost, there are scholarships and work loans out there. In NC, there is the Nurse Scholars Program... you get $5,000 per year, but you have to sign that you will work in nursing within the state of NC for a year for each 5k you receive. This was my plan anyway, so I just applied for this. It takes some researching, but you can find the money, or take out education loans to go for it. I don't think you'll regret it. I sure don't. Good luck!
  10. by   liquidblue
    The BSN DEFINITELY is a lot more work initially - trust me, I'm feeling it now, but overall I would say that it's good to get the degree over with. I seriously did consider going for my ASN and then to BSN later on, but decided against it. My main reason for completing the BSN now is simply that I want to be able to concentrate on my job after I get out of nursing school. No more school, after that, for a long time.
  11. by   azhiker96
    By all means, get your BSN since you are accepted there. Good luck!
  12. by   Meriwhen
    I would get the BSN first. If you're in the school and it's there, do it and get it over with.

    I'm going the ASN-->BSN route because 1. I already hold a BA from 12 years ago so I didn't feel a rush to get the BSN; 2. the ASN is the more affordable option right now; 3. I'm almost already finished with the ASN program and haven't even been formerly admitted--all I have left to take are the nursing classes themselves; and 4. I got a D in organic as an undergrad so to get ready for a BSN program would take me another year as I retake the course plus physics

    I do plan to get a BSN at one point. I would have done an accelerated BSN program if it weren't for reason #4 above.

    If I could have done it differently all those years ago, I'd have gotten the BSN the first time around. Then again, when I was an undergrad the first time around, I wasn't sure I wanted to be a nurse!
    Last edit by Meriwhen on Mar 28, '07

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