Two year degree RN vs. BSN-RN

Nurses General Nursing


I am wondering if there is a big difference in the pay and type of duties performed by someone who is an RN with a two year degree and then someone who is an RN with a Bachelor's degree of science-nursing. Does anyone have any input on this? Is the pay different? Is the type of jobs different? Please respond if you know anything. Thank you very much..Shannon


56 Posts

Every facility I have ever worked in paid RN's the same no matter what their educational background is. However, as a new nurse if you want to advance from the bedside you will most likely need your BSN. I recommend it to everyone because once you have it you have greater options when it comes to your career. You may not need it now but once you have it it can't be taken away.

Also, most facilities I have been at prefer BSN students but with the shortage they can't afford to be picky. So if you just want a job an ADN degree will get you that. If you want the chance to further your carreer in many different directions, go for the BSN.


51 Posts

thank you very much for replying. I was just wondering because when I look in the paper it never really specifies. I have seen "BSN preferred". I have doen two years of prerequisite courses and feel like wow I could have already been an RN but now I'm just beginning because I can't even get into nursing school with my GPA 3.3 yet. I'm going to have to retake 5 classes this semester and get straight A's so I can get in with a 3.6. It's a long road..But I know it will be worth it later when I want to go to graduate school.



738 Posts

I hear the theme song from the twilight zone!


Ok, I admit maybe it is the flu/fever I have right now, but I seriously doubt it!!!


56 Posts

wow, with the shortage of rn's and with admissions and applications down all over the US for nursing school i'm surprised you haven't gotten in with a 3.30 GPA. hang in there though, i wouldn't give up my BSN for anything.


12 Posts

Until the NCLEX dirrerentiates between BSN and Non-BSN RN's. Pay differences won't be significant. The time/cost associated with getting your BSN does not seem worth it. For those extra two years spent getting your BSN you could be earning RN pay.

You could earn approx $70,000 the first two years with just an RN.

You would spend approx $20,000 for an additional two years of school to get a BSN.

How much more does a BSN get paid than a non-BSN? Not enough to make up the difference.


145 Posts

Specializes in Peds, Pre and post op.

HHHmmmmmmm right now I'm working on my ADN so when I finish the program in 2 years Ill only be an RN. I wan to get my BSN so hopefully I can get a gov grant, a scholorship or other tuition help so I can get my BSN. To get your ADN first is Much cheaper (thats why I did it 4 year universities are sooo expensive) and you can get your ADN at a junior college where tuition is cheaper. I wanted to get my foot in the door w/out going for broke so I got my ADN first. but rememer yo could always do a RN-BSN brige program. :)


177 Posts

I've had my ADN for 12 years now. You wouldn't believe how many BSN'S I've precepted during that time. Unless you plan to do management in some capacity, degree shouldn't matter. Some facilities pay BSN more. I'll take an ADN with 2 years experience over a new BSN grad. Nothing against BSN. I just think practical experience is more important.:)


51 Posts

Thanks for all the input. I guess overall there is not much difference in pay. I've already put two years in for the pre-reqs and if i tried to go into a ADN program right now it would still take me like a year or something to get that done so i might as well just put another two years in. the main reason for me wanting my BSN is because I want to go to graduate school.thanks again for all the info.


for me, it's more logical to pursue a BSN than a ADN because I already have a BA degree and I definitely want to attend grad school. I also noticed that when the nursing programs for a ADN are as competitive as the BSN. I gues I'm just saying that you just need to "do" you and decided which you want to take and decide the best route, be it a ADN or BSN or higher degree.


33 Posts

Specializes in Critical Care, and Management.

Any one been in nursing long enough to remember when they wanted all the RNs to have their BSN by 1985? The AS grads were going to be granfathered in.Boy things have really changed. Now the hospitals are just glad to have you. There is no real difference and most don't pay depending on the degree. A BS degree will take you higher if you want to pursue something beyond the bedside. Good luck!;)


691 Posts

Specializes in Clinical Risk Management.

No difference at all between the two.

I planned to get my ADN & then "bridge" to an MSN, as I hold a BA in another discipline. The ADN program told me to"come back next year." The BSN program required the same amount of time as ADN for me.

I now wish that I'd gone ahead & bitten the bullet for the very expensive "bridge" program & gotten my master's degree in the first place.

This topic is now closed to further replies.

By using the site, you agree with our Policies. X