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ADN vs. BSN: Which should you choose?

ADN vs. BSN: Which should you choose?

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First of all, let’s establish what each one stands for. A BSN is a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, while an ADN is an Associates Degree in Nursing. Both degrees lead to getting your RN but there are some differences between the two.

The main difference is the length of time and the amount of credits required to complete the program. An ADN typically takes 2 years to complete while a BSN will take 4 years to complete (including the time spent taking the prerequisites to enter the program.) There are also accelerated BSN programs (18-21 months) for students who have already obtained a previous Bachelor’s degree.

Both programs would include the following in their core curriculum: Adult health, Maternal and newborn nursing, and pediatrics. Psychiatric nursing, community health nursing, and gerontological nursing are sometimes included as well. A BSN program would typically offer more courses in nursing theory, including nursing research, and nursing informatics, which is a field of study that examines how nurses use technology.

Generally speaking, the starting rate is the same for an ADN or a BSN prepared nurse, but because many advanced positions require a BSN, the BSN prepared nurse does have the potential to earn more money. In 2006 the state of California conducted a survey of registered nurses. This survey showed that BSN prepared nurses have a mean income of $75,017 while ADN prepared nurses had a mean income of $70,804.

Advantages to taking an ADN program:

  • It is usually less expensive
  • It is less time consuming – You will become a nurse quicker

Advantages to taking the BSN:

  • You will have more opportunities to advance to higher positions in nursing (for example as a nurse manager.)
  • You will be prepared to enter a advanced degree program (for example, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, or nurse anesthetist.)

How common is one over the other?

In the state of California in 2006, 46.6% of RN licenses were obtained through ADN programs, while 37.7% of RN licenses were obained through a BSN program. The rest of the RN licenses were obtained through hospital based diploma programs. This is a type of nursing program which is administered by a hospital. When completing a diploma program, one is eligible to sit for the NCLEX (the exam to become an RN), however, no degree is obtained.

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    bellgale1

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    My Bachelor degree is in psychology. Can I still go for the accelerated BSN program.

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    beckey

    over 6 years ago

    10 comments

    I am a LPN. I need a quick and affordable on-line program to obtain my RN. Anyone have any suggestions?

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    Minina8222

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    KATSTRA
    I also needed a fast way to become a nurse online, and I was lucky to find a new program offered by Kaplan it is the ADN online. You might want to look into it. Good Luck

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    dburrill

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    In point of fact an ADN take 3 years of education.

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    katstra

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I am an LPN with all the pre-requisites. Needs the fastest and easiest way online to become a RN.

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    lgoods

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I currently have an MBA and I am now interested in obtaining my RN licenses. I was told there is an ASN & BSN and they are both pretty much the same, I was wondering how much additional time I would have to put in to complete the ASN.

    THanks

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    bing2301

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    if need toefl score ?

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    vertuousree

    over 6 years ago

    6 comments

    I have a lot of medical classes, for instance, A & P, medical terminology, etc. is there a certain amount of time that these classes are good for. I am interested in going into nursing and I am trying to find the fastest, and easiest way to do so.

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    christinaknight

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I am a hospital corpsman in the Navy. My question is how hard is it to find a school that will accept an Assosiates in the MLT program towards becoming an LPN. I start Thomas Nelson Com. College on 7 Jan. for lab tech school, the MLT program, but that is my job in the Navy. I plan on getting out in three yrs and really want to persue the Nurse Practioner job. What would be the best way to go at it?

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    mommaniese

    over 6 years ago

    272 comments

    Is it worth to get masters then BSN from ADN because I know some programs that will give you your masters from ADN. Will this make a difference?

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    medic478

    almost 7 years ago

    2 comments

    I am a Paramedic with an Associates Degree and would like to find a bridge to RN program on line I will working toward my ADN (I hope)

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    jessicavelez

    almost 7 years ago

    2 comments

    I am 27 years old and looking to get my associate's degree for RN.

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    LittleO

    almost 7 years ago

    2 comments

    I am 58 years old and a former federal government employee. I was a certified nursing assistant and wish to become a RN with an Associate's Degree. I would like to get my degree online with financial aid. Is there a program to fit me?

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    chooper54

    almost 7 years ago

    2 comments

    I have completed all coursework and NUR101 towards my LPN. Had to leave school to care for mother and work. Is there a program out there where I can finish an LPN diploma online and go into a local hospital for my clinicals each week? Pls help! Cindy H

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    dan

    almost 7 years ago

    2 comments

    Is there a program available to get my Nursing Degree on line?? I am presently a Hemo-Tech, am considering a Nursing Degree, I have 2 daughters in the Nursing program, am paying their tuition so I need to work. My e-mail address is dorwithspaz06@yahoo.com, please comment, appreciated!! Thank You

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