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What Do You Think Would Be Easier ?


Hello Everyone,

I would like to know as I take my pre-requisites for nursing would it be faster time wise to get my ADN and then Bridge over to BSN both full time or should I go for straight BSN full time? How does the RN/BSN program work. I live in CT.

Double-Helix, BSN, RN

Specializes in PICU, Sedation/Radiology, PACU. Has 10 years experience.

It depends on how competitive your GPA currently is. If you're still in high school, I'd advocate for a BSN program that incorporates pre-requisites and nursing classes. If you've done your prerequisites and you've got a great GPA, go for a BSN program. If you have a lower GPA, many BSN programs may be out of reach and an ADN program with RN-BSN bridge is the better way to go.

In terms of how the RN-BSN program works” that will depend on the program you choose. There are many online options and the programs are usually didactic rather than clinical, since it's expected that you've already received the necessary clinical education to practice as an RN.

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 10 years experience.

Most ADN programs are just as or more competitive for admission on the academic front. It is a fallacy that they are "easier" to get into because they are often community college based and cheaper. The fact that they are less expensive and result in a lucrative career sooner makes them very appealing and usually there are far more applicants than there are positions. My local one averages 400-600 applicants for 48 slots every semester. If you don't have a 3.75 or better you will not get in.

If you have the option of doing your BSN at this point in your life, you should take it. BSN is in higher demand and that demand will only grow in the coming years. Most hospitals in my local area will only consider BSN applicants and that is the case in many major cities across the country. However, if you are an adult who already has other things tugging at your time and your money, such as kids, the ASN with a bridge later may be the way to go. If you are fresh out of high school and have someone else footing the bills, go the four-year route.