by Dee

Your Question: I cannot afford the tuition to get an accelerated BSN program. I am thinking it would be better to start with an LPN or ADN but don't know the difference between the two. Thanks for your advice!

My Answer:

Hi Dee,

Thanks for writing to us! There is actually quite a big difference in LPN and ADN. If you have considered going into an accelerated BSN program, I am going to suggest you look more strongly into an associate degree in nursing program versus a licensed practical nurse program.

The biggest difference between these two educational paths is the scope of practice. An LPN is quite limited (different states have different rules)as compared to other nurses. In Illinois for example, you can see both the LPN and RN Nurse Practice Acts to see the difference in the two types. While the documents are wordy, I do recommend reading through them. (Go to our state board of nursing page by clicking here if you are interested in other states by the way.)

Usually an LPN cannot do things such as push IV medications, evaluate assessments they observe, or perform certain types of wound care. Again, this is different in each state and I always recommend contacting YOUR state’s board of nursing so someone there can tell you more.

After completing an LPN program, the applicant will take the NCLEX-PN while applicants in both an ADN or BSN program will take the NCLEX-RN. Only graduates of ADN/BSN programs and those who pass the NCLEX-RN are considered Registered Nurses. You must be a registered nurse to get a masters degree in nursing. Therefore, if you are ever considering moving on from hospital bedside nursing (such as midwifery, anesthesia, professor or nurse practitioner) you will need your BSN.

Don’t forget, you can get your ADN, then get a BSN while working as a registered nurse, so do not get discouraged right now if you cannot afford the tuition for the BSN program. Click here for more info on ADN to BSN programs.

Hope that helps, and be sure to fully explore this site for even more answers!


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by: Anonymous

A BSN is a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, while an ADN is an Associates Degree in Nursing. Both degrees lead to getting your RN but there are some differences between the two.

The main difference is the length of time and the amount of credits required to complete the program. An ADN typically takes 2 years to complete while a BSN will take 4 years to complete (including the time spent taking the prerequisites to enter the program.) There are also accelerated BSN programs (18-21 months) for students who have already obtained a previous Bachelor’s degree.

Generally speaking, the starting rate is the same for an ADN or a BSN prepared nurse, but because many advanced positions require a BSN, the BSN prepared nurse does have the potential to earn more money

Advantages to taking an ADN program:

It is usually less expensive
It is less time consuming – You will become a nurse quicker

Advantages to taking the BSN:

You will have more opportunities to advance to higher positions in nursing (for example as a nurse manager.)
You will be prepared to enter a advanced degree program (for example, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, or nurse anesthetist.)

Hope this helps!

Apr 09, 2011
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by: Shannon


Thanks for looking. Check out these three pages

Nursing Education in General:

BSN Degree Info:

ADN Degree Info:

and just for fun:

Hope that helps! Shannon

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i read about lpn and bsn so tell me differens between ADN and BSN

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