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Is it better to get your bachelor's in nursing or stick with a associates?

Asked Limestone, Maine

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Gina M.’s Answer

It depends, a lot of hospitals require a bachelors to get a nursing job. But that doesn't mean that you can't become a nurse with an associate. One of my best friends became a nurse with her associates and then got her bachelors degree while she was working. A lot of hospitals also encourage you to get get certain degrees or certifications to advance in your nursing career. If you want to be a manager in nursing you're required a bachelor or even a masters, if you want to become a nurse practitioner it requires your masters, it just depends on the nursing path you want to take.

Kristen’s Answer

Updated Portland, Oregon

It depends on what you want to do with your career. If you want to become a department head, educator, manager, you should pursue a bachelor degree. Also, most hospitals require a bachelor's. If you are already in healthcare as a CNA, check with your company to see if they offer any education services. Both associate and bachelor degrees can get you the title RN, but by obtaining your bachelor's , you will have more career opportunities.

Omotola’s Answer

Updated Atlanta, Georgia

I can't really speak on bachelor's in nursing as I majored in Organizational Management and Leadership, and got my bachelor's based on that. However, I would advice you to speak with a counselor on where you want your career path to go. Perhaps you can decide how far you want to go with nursing. I believe a bachelor's can take you further and allow you to do more than an associates.