I have recently been contemplating the idea of becoming an RN and need some advice on which route is the best to take should I choose to pursue this option. I have a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, but always had a rather fond passion for medicine. I took (and did well) several medical and sciences classes such as: pharmacology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, genetics, calculus, etc.
I also certified as EMT-B freshman and year and volunteered with the Emergency Medical Services at my school. However, at the time I was not (personally) wishing to pursue a career in nursing. I know there are several varieties of nursing positions…but my question is to what route I should take?
I have seen programs that are an ADN with a two year degree, bachelor’s in Nursing, going to graduate school, etc. Are there certain programs that are more heavily weighted than others? Say…a BSN is more highly valued than an ADN? Are there any types of degrees that are more limiting than others?
I know grades are essential and have always been an A average student. Looking for a little guidance from as how to get started and recommendations.
All comments and criticism welcome.
This is an excellent question and many people have it. What is funny I just did a video talking about this same thing, so I’m glad you asked.
Since you already have a bachelor’s degree you have great options. There are programs made specially for students who want to go to nursing school as a second degree. These programs are called “Second Degree” or “Accelerated” programs. You can earn a bachelor’s degree (BSN) in 1 1/2 to 2 years (depending on what pre-reqs courses you have to complete). It is generally 5 semesters of nursing courses. I suggest that you search area nursing schools in your region and see if they have this type of program. You will save money and time.
Here is the video I made talking about it. I talk more about requirements etc.
Now to your question about the ADN vs BSN.
Yes, an ADN degree can definitely limit you in job prospects. Hospitals are really pushing for all nurses who have an ADN degrees to go back and get a BSN degree. In addition, if you ever want to enter into management or education, most employers prefer a minimum of a BSN degree.
Plus, if you want to go to graduate school to earn a masters in nursing (become a Nurse Pracitioner or CRNA), you have to have a BSN degree. So, I would definitely go for a BSN (especially since you already have a bachelor’s degree).
I hope that helped answer your question. I suggest you check out my Youtube channel for more information about Nursing School because I have a lot of videos about frequently asked questions about nursing school.
-Sarah BSN, RN