Curriculum of BSN?

  1. When i make it through my ADN i plan on starting on my BSN. And i was wondering what I have to look forward to when i start. I have heard that going from ADN to BSN is mostly papers and not as many tests because most of the technical material is taught in your associates degree. Also which did you think was harder getting your ADN or BSN?

    Thanks to all who apply
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  3. by   navynurse06
    I graduated with several people that did the LPN-BSN and RN-BSN route in school. I know that the LPN-BSN students still had to go to a great deal of the same clinicals as the regular BSN students. However, I don't recall on the RN-BSN students about clinicals. I know that their SR practicum was something in like management or they showed a nurse manger or DNS (admistrative jobs).
    So I'm just going to give you some links from the school I graduated from about the RN-BSN program there. (Just to give you an idea of what to expect in other programs.)

    Hope this gives you a good idea of what to expect. Also, my BSN was my 1st degree so I can't give you a perspective about which is harder.
    Good Luck!
  4. by   Tweety
    I'm going to an RN to BSN program. Just about finished!!!

    The big thing about RN to BSN programs is the focus has shifted away from NCLEX. The program I'm in is a combination of papers and tests. Many more papers than the ADN program. The RN to BSN is program is a breeze, super easy compared to the ADN program. No comparision at all.

    NLN approved RN to BSN programs, must include a "clinical component". I received clinical hours by doing presentations to coworkers, by following a Nurse Practioner for a day, and by interviewing two directors. Other programs are different and have clinical hours in public health clinics, free clinics, and shadowing a manager. But the "clinicals" are nothing like ADN clinicals.

    There are sometimes more coreqs depending on the school. I had to take College Chemistry, Statistics, Western Civ., and two relgion courses.

    I'm doing my program online at Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences. It's difficult, time consuming and frustrating at times. But very doable while working full-time and as I said soooooo much easier.

    Good luck!

    Feel free to ask any questions.
  5. by   NurseguyFL

    Your BSN program sounds very different from mine. My program was anything but easy. There were so many projects and research papers to do. It was crazy! The physical assessment and pathophysiology courses were especially tough. Those instructors REALLY made us work for our grades. I once complained about this to one of them, and her response was: "This program is not just about passing NCLEX so you have to learn to start thinking like a clinician."

    In retrospect, the ADN program that I went to was just as bad. The theory exams were ridiculous and the clinical instructors were like drill sargeants. It was all good though because we had a very high passing rate on the state boards.