Why Earn a BSN? The difference between a BSN and an ADN

An Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree both prepare students for the NCLEX-RN examination. Both programs provide adequate preparation for entry-level nursing positions.

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While an associate degree program is right for some people, a bachelor’s degree opens up a wider range of career opportunities, including entrance to a graduate program in nursing. When deciding which degree path to follow, it’s also important to look into the future of nursing. The Institute of Medicine has called for 80% of registered nurses to hold at least a bachelor’s degree by 2020.

The first step to nursing school is weighing out the benefits and costs of each degree path. Take a look at our infographic to help you determine if a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program is right for you.

Why Earn a BSN?


American Association of Colleges of Nursing, The Impact of Education on Nursing Practice

Institute of Medicine, The Future of Nursing

National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice, Meeting the Challenges of the New Millennium