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Pay difference between associate nursing and bachelor nursing?

Kristi Hammond

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Jennifer Patterson on August 19, 2018

Most of the times is not a great difference, if the pay is most often related to the position of your grade. Nursing with A. A. S. degrees may or may not be eligible for some admistrative reserved seats for the B. S. N., but these are not *always* the first or desirable opportunities. The way I think of it is this: it takes much less time and money to get an A. A. S. degree, and graduate, take the boards and are in good faith RN. Ideally, you find a job in a hospital, a stay for the designated period of time, then take a bridge course to earn your BSN....And your employer will often foot the most, if not all, of the tuition bill! You will also continue to work as an RN while continuing your education. In this scenario, you actually end up with more money in your pocket in the end? The community college student, who paid $15,000 over two years for an A. A. S. and had their employer pay for the BSN bridge, or the BSN student who just shelled out $88,000 over four years to make $2-4/hr more of their A. A. S. colleague? I don't know what condition they are in, but that is the reality here in new jersey, I didn't just make these numbers up randomly. Any degree puts "RN" after their name the fastest and cheapest is always the way to go. Of course, I encourage you not to stop there, if it is humanly possible, but unless you have money to burn, why not let your employer help?


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