I want to be a nurse, but can’t decide what degree I should get?

By | November 28, 2015

I am at a community college now finishing up some gen ed classes and some pre-req for nursing. The community college offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing. But I have been thinking about going to a university to get a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.

I want to be an RN, but I am unsure which is the better choice.

Does anyone know the median salaries of both of these?

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4 thoughts on “I want to be a nurse, but can’t decide what degree I should get?

  1. Tamara

    Honestly if you can afford it, and can get student loans, grants, etc.

    Go for the Bachelors, but if not like my case with other demands of the world i have to go to a community college, get my A.A.S first then go to another school for the RN.

    Either way you will become a nurse, the more degrees you strive for the better it is for you! :D

  2. Shannon RN, BSN

    Hi United!

    Congrats on wanting to be a nurse. It is a great, versatile profession. And guess what — you can do BOTH degrees if you want.

    I have my BSN but only because I happen to already be in college when I decided to go into nursing. I have plenty of friends with ADN degress, and they are AMAZING nurses. I personally feel that either degree prepares you for bedside nursing. That being said, BSN should be your ultimate goal and here is why.

    As a new grad, your pay difference between BSN/ADN, will probably not be much. I live in the south. There is no difference at most hospitals in this area for new grads. Pay varies vastly from different areas of the country so call your local hospital and ask for the human resources department for a general starting hourly pay (almost all bedside nurses are paid hourly). I started at $18 an hour in the south, but I know out west it is MUCH more. That was 6 years ago too!
    See more about nursing salaries at http://www.become-a-nurse-now.com/nurse-salary.html

    As you try to increase your pay, whether it be via management, or climbing a clinical ladder within the hospital pay system, you will find having a BSN will make this journey easier. It does help nurses look more professional to all have the same education and for this reason many hospitals and nursing professional organizations have started to push for BSN education

    Now, think about yourself. What is your ultimate goal? If you are going to get a masters degree (nurse practitioner, anesthesia, etc) you will have to get your BSN. If you know you may want to do management, you will need your BSN.

    If you aren’t sure, you can ALWAYS get your ADN now (which may be quicker if you are already done with the pre-reqs) start working, and then take night or online courses to earn your BSN degree while you are ALREADY making money. Again, I have a ton of friends that have done that! Many hospitals have programs they either fully pay for or help you pay for the program, so it may be cheaper to go this route. Don’t forget to take into account the waiting list with both options. Call around and ask the colleges and universities you are looking at if they have a waiting list.

    Good Luck. Hope that helps!

  3. Scooby

    Seriously, just go for the BSN!

    Not much said! The BSN will do you so much better in the long run.

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