ADN VS BSN
Dec 23, ’14 by akulahawkRN. ASN, RN, EMT-P Pro
I’ll put it to you like this: ADN is not a complete waste of time. The core nursing stuff is identical in both ADN and BSN programs. The BSN program adds a few things extra that won’t be provided to the ADN because the BSN, by definition, is a 4 year degree. For the ADN that already has a Bachelor’s of Science in a healthcare field other than Nursing, there are essentially two areas that still are specific to the BSN: Nursing Advocacy and Community Health/Public Health Nursing.
That being said, because of various conditions at play now, employers have the ability to choose the kind of employee they want to hire and right now, many of them are preferring to hire BSN grads but will hire an ADN grad if there are no BSN grads that are suitable (does happen). Back when I started the process some 7 years ago, I knew that the BSN would be the way to go but being that I already had a Bachelor’s, I could either attend a very expensive program or not attend a BSN program at all because the local public university was closed to all second Bachelors students (like me). My only option was to attend an ADN program and do an RN-BSN upgrade another way, which is still my plan. I will earn a BSN within the next 2 years, if not sooner.
Thusly I give this advice: Getting licensed is better than still waiting to enter a program. To that end, apply everywhere you are qualified to apply to. Have an eye toward BSN. If you’re selected for an ADN program and you’re still qualified to attend a BSN program, apply to the BSN program until the start date for that is later than the start of your 3rd semester of an ADN program. The reason for that is simple: after that, it will take the same amount of time to do the traditional BSN as it would take to complete the ADN program and do an RN-BSN program. That route may also be cheaper.
Of my own employment opportunities, I am only shut out of one employer right now because I don’t have a BSN. The other hospitals prefer the BSN but they will just as readily hire ADN RN’s. With those employers, the BSN may get you into the interview room faster.
Dec 23, ’14 by caliotter3
An ASN is not a waste of time because one can use that degree to get an RN license and work somewhere. The BSN degree is more convenient in the long run because it will lead to an RN license and more job opportunities.