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What is the benefits of getting a Bachelor's over a Associates?

I'm wondering if getting a bachelor's in nursing worth it or if associates is more beneficial in the long one?

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Temi’s Answer

Getting a bachelors degree allows you to have more opportunities for jobs and also to further your education if you want to get a Masters or PHD degree. An associate degree is like the starting point where you are able to take all of your basic courses before you specialize. With an associate degree you are able to work but it will be a limit on what you could possibly do. A bachelor degree is worth it in the long run for the nursing field and is more beneficial to you because it allows you to learn about the different things you can do with the degree.
Thank you comment icon Thank you, this is really helpful. Hannah
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Sandra’s Answer

Hello Hannah,
Going from an Associate's to a Bachelor's in any field typically increases your knowledge in the field's industry. Some colleges require an Associate's to count as entry-level requirement curricula criteria for college or program acceptance unless you can achieve an entry-level test satisfactory score; this is what I had to do before being accepted into a college for entry into a program since I was out of school for so long. Sometimes, starting college for the first time can be frightening or intimidating to some people who should consider starting out with the lowest degree before enrolling in a higher degree program. Therefore, career-wise, a Bachelor's can be a greater benefit than an Associate's, but for college experience and future selection, an Associate's may be a better option for those who are having concerns about starting college. However, if you are academically ready to start college, a Bachelor's could be a better option to prepare for an entry-level position, which may require higher levels of education.
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Lauren’s Answer

Hello Hannah!

The main difference between an Associates degree and a Bachelors Degree is the time it take to earn one. The Associates only taking 2 years, the studies are a bit more broad whereas the Bachelors taking 4 years covers the information of the Associates while also going more in depth in the studies and provides you with more knowledge in that particular field. Because of this, the Bachelors degree will provide more job opportunities and open more doors for you after receiving it.

If you have already decided what major you want to pursue I would recommend going straight into the Bachelors degree, I personally earned my Associates degree before earning my Bachelor's and I would not recommend that because the Associate required me to take a lot of extra classes that did not count towards my Bachelors degree in the end.
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Cherelle’s Answer

Hi Hannah,

I personally believe if you want to get into the nursing field quickly, then getting an Associate Degree is your best bet. You would more than likely in those two years be taking your basics and science classes that pertain to nursing, such as chemistry, biology, and Human Anatomy and Physiology. During this time I would suggest to pay close attention to your science courses because that will always be the main focus on the test when your going to take your HESI Exam after the end of your two years obtaining your Associate degree. Once you pass the HESI exam and get accepted into a nursing school, it becomes a breeze from there. The best thing about this predicament is that you can become a nurse after nursing school and also have your job pay for you to go back to get your bachelor's degree after a certain time period. It is a big money saver!
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Juan’s Answer

an associates is a 2 year degree, usually in a broad topic or major. many people refer to it as "Doing their basics" because it consists of mostly CORE classes but nothing sepcific or a certain field. a bachelors degree prepares you to give you specific classes for specific jobs and fields. you are expected to know how to do pre-cal and write an essay for an associates, but once you get to your 3rd and 4th years, you will find youself covering more complex classes such a high level math or statistics courses that will be expected in some careers.
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