ADN vs. BSN Nursing Programs

There are pros and cons to ADN and BSN nursing programs. I’m going to talk about how I chose an ADN program over a BSN program. These are my personal pros and cons towards each program. You should make the decision that is best for you.

ADN Programs


  • Only 2 years
  • Can still get a job without a BSN


  • Only achieve an Associate’s
  • Most hospitals require a BSN (or a plan to get your BSN)


BSN Programs


  • Include classes not taught in an ADN program
  • Achieve a BSN (have the opportunity to get a higher education or stay at a BSN level)


  • 3+ years (depending on the route you take – accelerated program or not)


These are just some main “pros and cons” to each program. I personally have been going to my current community college for 5 years now, and I have realized that I have saved an enormous amount of money as compared to what I would have to spend at a (private) university. A private university was my first choice, but after thinking about it (and getting an offer for their waiting list), I declined the offer from that particular school, because I did not want to be in debt, and the distance was too far. I would have to end up staying in a dorm to not deal with everyday SoCal morning rush hour to get to classes on time.

I was fortunate enough to get accepted to the community college that I have already been attending for years (which was my second choice), and I am very grateful. I know the campus, buildings, policies, etc. Plus, I’m saving so much money and still getting the exact education (minus the leadership kind of classes you would get in your years in a BSN program). ADN programs also let you sit for your license and take the NCLEX exam. You can start working anywhere! Although, it is best to have a BSN degree because most (if not all) hospitals are starting to become “magnet”, which means they want all their nurses to have a BSN.

From what I have heard, you can get a job with an ADN as long as you are continuing your education. Some hospitals might even help you to go back to school. I have also heard of online BSN programs!

So again, it is up to you what route you want to take. If you are looking for a quick route, with no money problems, I would suggest to take the route of a BSN. If you are not looking into accelerated and expensive, I would take the route of an ADN. Either way you are almost getting the same education with the difference of a BSN offering some leadership classes and what not.

Choose wisely, and if you have any questions, please feel free to send me an e-mail!

Have a lovely day! Ciao!


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