The Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) is the only nursing degree which is not a bachelor’s level nursing degree. As this degree may be ideal for some students, it is important to know that you may be required to obtain the BSN eventually. You will want to make the decision of which degree to aim for initially before preparing and applying for nursing programs.
Each state has different laws for their nurses. Find out what your states requires for licensure: https://www.nursinglicensure.org
For example, in 2017, New York state put into immediate effect that all RN’s without a BSN, must obtain the BSN within 10 years of initial licensure in order to maintain registration as a registered nurse in the state of New York. If the BSN is not obtained in the appropriate time frame, nurses will not be able to practice.
ADN route is still and will continue to be widely accepted as it acts as an essential entry point for students into the field of nursing. With an ADN, if time is an issue, students can become nurses within 2 years and begin working as an RN.
Also, important to remember that if you obtain the BSN… You are done with school! That is unless you pursue additional education. You will also have the most employment opportunities with a BSN.
The New York State Senate. https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2015/s2145/amendment/original