Radiography or BSN?
April 4, 2011 6:10 PM Subscribe
I need education and career advice from those who have BTDT.
posted by Leta to Work & Money (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I have a bachelor's in public health. At the time, it seemed like a good degree to get, but since my husband got his job that has great security and fabulous benefits, we are place-bound here and there are just no local career opportunities in my field.
I would love to become a PA, but it doesn't make a lot of sense for me to pursue that, considering that I'd have to move away from my family (that includes very young children) and take on enormous debt. Also, my husband works at a nearby university, so I can go to school there for free. So PA is out, some other medical degree is in. I've narrowed it down to radiography or a BSN.
The radiography degree is an associate's, and because of my prior coursework, would take me 68-74 credit hours to complete.
The BSN would take 84 credit hours.
(I have met with counselors from both programs, so I know that everything would transfer.)
At first glance, it seems like the BSN is the way to go, but I've been wondering because I've heard that nursing salaries are falling, and what I've read of radiography indicates that techs start at $20/hour or more.
I would like the ability to work part time, though. Benefits are non-issue for me, because I can do my own thing, retirement wise, and we have very good health, dental, and life insurance through my husband, and that would stay the same even if he went to part time work.
Also, I suspect that there are more employment opportunities for nurses than radiographers, and that's a big deal for me- I live in a underpopulated, remote area.