Will I have to do it again??


I will graduate May 2009 with my ADN license. I am planning on going to work and getting somebody to pay for my BSN. I have looked into the programs and they seem fairly simple, but they just dont answer all the questions I have. After graduation of BSN, do you have to take NCLEX again; or some other test?? This brings another question to mind. Do ADN and BSN graduates take the same NCLEX?? I know the schooling is only different in the aspects of BSN teach more of a leadership position and have more 'community' involvement, but we get that; it is just abbreviated. I was hoping that somebody who has done this could shed some light on this question for me. Also, this might be too general to actually have an answer for becaue schools vary so much. I heard that most ADN-BSN programs are designed for you to be working full-time or almost full-time. How does that work?? It would be nice if they would count your work as clinicals, but I am only dreaming. I am thinking that maybe most classes are online and the clinical load might be less, but with all the difference in schools it is probubly too hard for somebody to give me an answer on this one. Thanks to all that reply!! I will try to add a thanks to everybody.:D

Specializes in LTC, Acute Care.

You will take no other boards or licensing tests--the NCLEX-RN at the end of your ADN program is it. However, people who have gone through a BSN program without going through the ADN program will take the NCLEX-RN upon completion of the BSN, the same NCLEX you will take.

I am in no BSN program yet, but I did suffer through stats! Some BSN programs, particularly those that are RN-BSN programs like you are looking at, are designed for the working RN. I know the local university's RN-BSN program here has most of the classes online with in-person requirements on one day of the week for clinicals and/or things like health assessment practice. This type of schedule certainly allows for more flexibility when completing class requirements, since learning can usually take place at the student's discretion within the confines of the deadlines, of course.

Good luck!

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Once you have a license as a registered nurse you do not have to be tested again. That is the difference between a degree and a license. As for clinicals - depends on the school and the state requirements. Mine was certainly less because I was already licensed, just as you. I was able to work full-time. "Clinical" turned out to be things other than direct patient care and I was able to flex with my preceptors. You won't be in a group like you probably were for most of the ADN program. Yes, a lot of the course work is online, which is great for working adults. I found the BSN to be less pressure because no matter if I flunked out I was still a registered nurse. Thankfully, I did not flunk, but the pressure was off anyway.

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