RN or BSN??? That is the question.

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by superaunt superaunt (New) New

After this semester I will have three more years until I earn my BSN and that's IF I can get into the nursing program when I want and everything else goes smoothly. OR I could transfer to a community college and get my two-year RN in like 2 1/2 years. What should I do? I am soooo ready to be a nurse and be out of college that I can barely stand it. But I don't know what to do. I know alot of bigger hospitals say BSN preferred on their job listings but there are still those that don't require it. So what do you think I should do?

Bug Out

Bug Out

301 Posts

At this point if it is only a 1/2 year difference, do the BSN.

kbm318

kbm318

Specializes in Med Surg/MICU/Pediatrics/PCICU. Has 1 years experience. 262 Posts

I agree with the above poster although I would apply to both of them and see which ones I was accepted to. If you get accepted to the 2 year program and not the other I would say go that route then work after you graduate. You can always obtain your BSN online and some hospitals will actually pay for you to go back to school. But if you were accepted to both of them I would go for the BSN that way you wouldn't have to finish it later if that's what you wanted to do.

dtsh26

dtsh26

37 Posts

I'm sorta in the same delimma. At one point I was anxious to get it over with but then I came back down to reality and realized that the BSN was going to cost $33000 and three yrs with all the pre-req's. So, I looked around and I found a community college that costs $7000 with a yr of pre-req's and I'll be done in 2yrs. I figured I can do the rn-bsn right after which would probably be another year and a half. So the BSN = 3yrs. ADN = 2+1.5=3.5 yrs. - not much of a difference.

Also, look around at job sites and see what they're asking for in the units you are interested in. I want to go into ICU so I know I need the BSN.

Dee

IfnotnowWhen

IfnotnowWhen

15 Posts

I would definitely say BSN is the better route. More hospitals are starting to shy away from LPNs and are preferring to take in BSN educated nurses over the associate RN since it elevates their status.

Also if yo ever wanted to go into a masters program or a management role you would need the BSN so might as well get it out of the way.

sophie<3

sophie<3

Has 4 years experience. 307 Posts

well personally what i would do is make a list of the pros and cons of each. is the community college closer to your house? is cost an issue? because more than likely the community college is cheaper and you could be saving money in the long run. is the adn curriculum going to load you down with schoolwork in the hopes of you completing faster? because both programs will be difficult regardless but some programs even their material out differently. if i were you i would apply to both programs and leave it in God's hands..if you get into both then the decision is yours and if you don't then that is the path you should take!