‘Degree creep’ for health careers

“Degree creep” — requiring a bachelor’s instead of an associate degree — could make it harder to qualify as a nurse, respiratory therapist, nuclear medicine technician, dental hygienist or dietician.

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  1. Roger Sweeny says:

    Requiring four years of college instead of two will make it more difficult to become a nuclear medicine technician, etc? Really? Is water wet? Do bears relieve themselves in the woods?

    This will hit the poor hardest. In general, the less affluent the family you come from, the less congenial you find academic settings and the less well you do in them. Unnecessarily increasing school requirements hits the worst off the hardest.

    More and more American schools are ceasing to be ladders up and are instead becoming barriers to upward mobility.

  2. I found this article interesting…hoping to see more commenters. One thing I was curious about…can one take the R.D. exam with only a community college degree?

    I’ve been a preceptor for a BSN program in the past…meaning students shadow me and get involved as their skill level allows. I’ll honestly say that despite the fact that this BSN program has a positive reputation, I’m not sure it is worth the extra money as compared to the average associate’s degree nursing program.

    Institutions do go through periods where they will only hire BSNs…a little easier to do right now, not as easy in the past.

    There is quite a range in compensation for entry level nursing jobs. I’m not sure that nursing would be appealing as a job choice if we expect people to pay the price of a 4 year education in order to get a job at the lower end of the pay scale.

  3. Roger Sweeny says:

    The push to require additional schooling to become a nurse, etc. rests on a false–and willfully naive–premise. Wouldn’t it be nice if nurses knew biochemistry and all the other things they will get in those additional courses? Sure, it would. But–seriously–what happens in most courses? Students memorize information, use it in a test or paper or project, and then forget the vast majority within months of completing the course.

    If they have not used the information, and if they do not expect to use the information, it will “decay” and they will gain nothing from the extra courses. They will, however, be out time and money. That is not a good outcome for them or for society as a whole.

  4. Lawrence G. Miller says:

    It seems to me that the driver for the up-sizing of degrees is typically from those organizations who are responsible for accreditation. Many hospitals are pursuing Magnet Status levels and those have an emphasis upon the BSN over the ADN. This accounts for the explosion of “bridge” programs that are taken by those with associate degrees to get to BSN so they can keep their jobs.