Best Track Towards Becoming A Nurse [bsn Rn Adn Lpn?????] With Intent Of Getting Masters?

Okay so here is the deal. I am 23 years old and have been jumping around colleges for the past three years due to being married to a full-time soldier. I went from Missouri to Nebraska. The three years of study I have under my belt were geared towards pharmacy or med school. I have taken a year off and am not ready to dive back in and get my degree. This time I leaning towards nursing since I worked in the Emergency Room in Missouri and loved it as a tech. Let’s cut to the chase. I know I want to become a nurse and I am looking at accelerated BSN degrees. My main question is, what is the smartest way for me to do this? I see there are ASN degree opportunities…LPN… RN…BSN…and I am really confused as to what the difference is between an ASN, LPN, and RN are…. ? For all you experienced nurses out there… what route would you take? it is all so foreign and complicated to my ears at the moment. Thank you so much!

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  1. The one main thing you mentioned in this question is that you have the intent of getting your masters degree. Go on and get your BSN that way when you finish you can go straight to graduate school and be through with it. Sometimes getting your LPN then ASN takes too much time and money when you can just go straight for the chase. If you get your LPN it takes about a year then about another 2 to 2 and a half years to 3 years for your ASN and then a bridge for your RN-BSN which could take a year to a year and a half or even longer then you would complete another bridge RN-BSN to BSN-MSN, all of these bridges that’s what they are called kind of like links to the next degree. You may also be able to use some of your classes, especially your science classes toward your nursing pre-requisites even though your medicine and pharmacy science classes were, I’m sure, at a higher level. And accelerated BSN degrees are also good but they are very, very fast-paced, what others habve done in 2-5 years you have to do in about 1 or about 1 in a half. Good luck in whichever route you decide to go, we need more nurses!
    BSN-Bachelors of Science in Nursing-4 year degree
    LPN-Licensed Practical Nurse-1 year program
    ASN-Associates of Science in Nursing-2 year program
    Hope I have helped

  2. Moon Crystal says:

    If you need a job that pays asap, go for LPN. You can bridge to RN-ADN or RN-BSN at a later date while you’re working.
    By the way, Certified Nursing Assistants are the lowest on the nursing food chain, not LPNs.

  3. Jennifer H says:

    OK…although i am not a nurse, i worked in the medical field for a long time and i know the process pretty well since i once considered taking that path….so here we go….
    LPN…kind of the lowest on the nursing food chain…you are a step up from a tech. personally i would not waste your time with this one…
    RN…means you are a nurse…you can do this with a 2 year degree
    BSN…mean you have your bachlors degreen in nursing….4 years. you will need this to get your masters or other advanced degree
    OK….so here is where not knowing much about your situation could get a bit tricky. You will need a certain GPA to get accepted to any 4 year BSN program…if you have a high enough GPA and the nessesary classes to meet the entry requirements then i would go this route. Even if you need to take a few classes to meet the pre reqs…i would still do this, With the 2 year RN…here are my reasons why thing MIGHT be a good choice for you..depending on your life (and stuff). Once again, you will certain classes and a certain GPA to be accepted into the program. Although for the 2 year programs they might not have as many pre requs and he GPA requirement might be a tad lower. The plus to this route is that in 2 years…you can work as a nurse. And then once you have a job there are many hospitals who will pay for you to go back to school and get your BSN while you are working. Now, if you have a ton of the gen ed classes already the trying to get into the 4 year program might be best…and from the area of study that you have already done this might be your best bet.
    I would contact the programs you are interested in…a 4 year and a 2 year. Get copies of your transcripts (one offical and one unoffical) from the previous universities you have attended. This will help them look at what you have done and they will be able to tell you what your choices would be at that particular school. I have transfered a TON (and actually finally graduated with my BFA this past week) and i know that setting up and appointment with someone in admissions and or someone who working in the nursing department and going in to talk to them in person is your best bet. If you need anything else let me know…i know all this stuff can be a complete pain and be totally overwhelming. Good luck!!!