Bsn Vs Adn

  1. Which was easier....what do you feel the advantages of each were...

    Thanks...I am debating!
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  3. by   RNWannaBe724
    I am sure BSN is more difficult and a longer course-path. I do not know from experience as I am just starting to head toward my RN, and I am doing ADN.
    From my research, the BSN will allow you more managment opportunities, and advancement. Perhaps more pay.
    Sorry I am not much of help, but this is what I have discovered good luck!
  4. by   Tweety
    Neither is easier as they are basically the same nursing courses. What's different are the co-req courses like Community Health, Research, etc. that BSNs have to take. So getting the BSN might be more time consuming because of the added courses, but not harder.

    The ADN RN can get you far and make a decent wage. The BSN comes into advantage later in your career as you might be interested after getting bedside experience in BSN preferred jobs such as management, quality control, pharmacy rep, education, etc.

    If you're trying to decide and you have the time, go for the BSN now.

    Please feel free to ask any questions that you might have.
  5. by   SMS80
    like everyone else has said, neither one is easier.

    here is my own experience...

    i'm am doing an accelerated ADN program (16 months) and i am drained. i would have loved to have done a part-time bsn program (2 1/2 years) but it was just not in the cards for me. i had to reprioritize my life. thank god i have a supportive husband and a 24-hour daycare!

    it just depends on what is going on in your life.
  6. by   jalarms
    Quote from TFAM
    Which was easier....what do you feel the advantages of each were...

    Thanks...I am debating!
    I agree with the previous mentioned opinions. One program is not easier than another. You need to look at the time commitment and what you are able to put toward your career. You also need to evaluate what you want as a short term goal and your long term goals.

    I started with my ADN. The reason was because I was working fulltime. My husband and I went through nursing school together with our first child being an infant and our second delivered 2 months before our graduation. I decided to do the ADN program first because I wanted to be able to reach the goal of getting my RN without investing 4 years and possibly not making it through. I also knew that I would be able to return to school in a local RN to BSN program.

    I graduated and started working as an RN. I returned to finish my BSN 2 years later. The experience that I had as a working RN was so valuable while completing my BSN.I do think that it made completing my BSN less stressful and much more meaningful!

    I now have my MSN as well. I still can not say that it was more difficult to achieve than my previous degrees. I will say that I feel it is the most valuable degree and do not regret the work invested. Many will say that a BSN is helpful for future leadership nursing positions. At the institution in which I am employed, a MSN is neccessary for a leadership position as the world of healthcare is becoming more and more complex.

    Another aspect to consider is cost. If you pay for your ADN, your employer may assist with returning to school to obtain your BSN once employed as an RN. Basically you have to weigh which path is the correct for you. I wish you the best!