I will be starting my first year of college in January and I still don't know which path to take. My goal is to get a BSN. There are two programs I'm looking at (both at community colleges). The first is a program that would take 3 years to complete (one year of pre-reqs then 2 years for the program) and prepares students to take the NCLEX. So, I would become an RN by the end of that program. It is a competitive program. If I do this, it'll take about 5 years total to earn my BSN. The other is an associates degree in pre-nursing. Its purpose is to cover all general education and pre-requisites required for BSN programs. It does not prepare you to take the NCLEX (as far as I know), it just prepares you to transfer to a 4 year school. This would take 2 years to complete (so it'd be about 4 years total to earn my BSN). It's also not a competitive program. I know 2 nurses and have bombarded both with questions, but I also thought I should ask on here. One seemed to lean towards the program that ends with becoming an RN, the other strongly suggests I do the pre-nursing one. The latter suggests the pre-nursing degree because she says it's very hard to get a job with just an associates and since I'm going for a BSN anyway, I should just work on getting my gen ed and nursing pre-reqs out of the way and then go on to a BSN program. I just don't know though. What do you recommend and why? If I do the pre-nursing one, will it be at all possible to get a job as a nurse's aide during school? Thanks in advance. I've been stressing out for quite a while trying to figure this all out.