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what is the most efficient way to get my BSN?

I'm a high school senior and I plan on getting my BSN and going into the air force as a nurse. Right now, I'm in the process of applying to schools and deciding on what exactly I want to do. So if anyone has any advice on what I should do that'd be great :)

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Candice’s Answer

I think that you have a great goal of becoming a BSN or RN and should definitely go for it! I know some great nurses.

I just want you to be aware of all of your options. As I am sure you are aware, a BSN is a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This is the education pathway that prepares you to sit for licensure as a Registered Nurse or RN.

Many community colleges offer a ADN or Associate Degree nursing program that is lower cost and also prepares you to sit for the RN licensure exam. You could become an RN with an associate degree and let the Air Force pay for your education to complete your BSN. It usually requires 2 to 3 years of active service before they start covering your tuition, but they also usually cover 100% of the cost. There are no loans involved. I'm sure you would gain a wealth of experience.

Additionally, you could continue to further your education with the Air Force if you wanted to go higher. They also offer money for continued college studies for up to 10 years after you leave service. Just thought it would be worth mentioning. I'm unsure if you are in ROTC or in contact with a local Air Force recruiter in your area, but I am sure either of them could provide more detailed information.
Thank you comment icon Officer is BSN Enlisted is ADN Marie Enos MSN, BSN, RN-NIC
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Sue’s Answer

Hi there. I would ask the university if they have any programs from the military on the school campus, like ROTC for medical.
Good luck in your endeavors!
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Amelia (Amy)’s Answer

Congratulations! Nursing is a very challenging and rewarding career with LOTS of options. I would emphasize some points in the advice given above: Contact your ROTC/local recruiter first and foremost. They can tell you how you would apply and where to colleges. Get your BSN courtesy of the Air Force, serve your time and then decide what you want to do next. Perfect way to obtain an education and not owe $$$. You would not need to get your AD prior to this. I went to school with several ROTC students and they all went on to enjoy great careers.
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