Originally Posted by _ktg_
I'm right now looking into options to go back for a nursing degree. I'm a full-time office employee but I work with in a hospital and the pull of what I should be doing is starting to hit me.
Are there any recommendations of where to start? I have a B.S in biology & sociology, but I'm trying to figure out which is the better pathway - an ADN or BSN?
Warning... long post ahead!
Hi KTG... we sound a little similar. My bachelor's was in biology. A few questions...will you be needing to work part or full time while you are in school? How old is your bio degree? (Don't be offended - I am not asking your age, but the age of my college credits became an issue). Specifically, the age of your chemistry, A&P, microbiology credits might be an issue.
After I weighed all the options, an Accelerated BSN for folks who already have a bachelor's degree was the best option for me. These programs are becoming more popular as more people change careers midlife to nursing.
As I explained in a post earlier on this page, you get all of your prereqs out of the way and then your nursing courses are specific to only your ABSN class and fast paced (you complete a normal 2 semesters of nursing courses in 1 semester). They recommend you do not have an outside job, but really, a good number of people also hold part time jobs. Like me, you will be lucky that your degree is in bio so many of your prereqs may be already done if they don't exceed the time limit.
Out of the 4 programs I looked at, they ranged from 16 months long to 22 months long. The one I am starting in August is 18 months. Contrary to what a pp said, these programs do like that you have some experience like being a CNA because you jump immediately into clinicals. One of the programs actually required a CNA license. The others just emphasized that work in healthcare would be beneficial (but not necessarily required).
One of the programs was actually a master's program, but you received your BSN after 20 months and then could decide whether or not to continue on. Many people stopped, worked as a nurse for a year or two, then continued to get their master's.
The other 3 programs were solely Accelerated BSN programs, but all of the colleges also offered master's and you would be well placed to continue on if you so desired.
Sorry so long but I am so excited to talk to people following a similar path! Good luck with your decisions. Definitely a first start is to figure out possible programs and get busy with any needed prereqs.