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What Is The Difference Between ASN and BSN Nursing Degrees?

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As you continue to pursue your nursing career, you’ll have a lot of options or career paths. It’s important to understand the difference between an ASN and BSN nursing degree. Hopefully we can help shed some light on the difference.

ASN and BSN will allow you to become a Registered Nurse as long as you pass the NCLEX-RN examination.  

ASN stands for Associates of Science in Nursing and this type of degree can be completed in 2-years in University, College, etc. This is a great place to start because it gives you the groundwork needed to move into more advanced nursing avenues like you’ll learn with a BSN. With an ASN, you’ll be able to work with patients directly which gives you amazing experience. It’s important to note that with an ASN, you won’t have as many responsibilities as those nurses with a BSN.

BSN stands for Bachelor of Science in Nursing. For this you typically will be in school for 4 years and it’s more of an advanced education compared to ASN. You’ll also work directly with patients but will have more responsibilities. Since the BSN nursing program is longer, you’ll have more core courses during your 4-year education in university.


In the end both will allow you to sit the NCLEX-RN to become a registered nurse. However, the length of education differs from 2-years (ASN) to BSN (4-years). You will have a greater job outlook with a BSN because of the roles and duties you can do as a RN with a BSN. With a stronger educational foundation, you’ll be employed longer with a chance at higher salaries too if you gain experience overtime.

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Topic starter Posted : 01/07/2019 10:43 pm

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