A Nursing RN – BSN program is tailored for registered nurses with associate’s degrees or diplomas who wish to upgrade their education in order to qualify for more varied nursing positions and consequential pay increases.

These programs are structured in such a manner as to allow registered nurses to continue working while they earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  The time it takes to complete the program varies according to the commitment a nurse is able to make; however, 12 to 18 months is the customary length of accelerated Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing programs.  Three, 4 and 5 semester options are common.

Credits earned from an associate’s degree or diploma may be transferred to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, dependent on the requirements of individual educational institutions.  Work experience may also be taken into account.  A letter of reference may be required as part of the admissions process.

Hospitals are increasingly requiring nurses hold a Bachelor’s of Nursing in Science degree to retain employment positions that previously did not have this requirement.  Accordingly, many registered nurses attend a Bachelor’s program for this reason.

Typical curriculum includes pathophysiology, nursing informatics, health assessment, diagnostic reasoning, research, nursing management for complex health issues, leadership and contemporary nursing trends.

Nurses who enter a RN to BSN program receive substantial benefits through compensation and job opportunities for a relatively short time spent upgrading their education.  Obtaining certification through professional organizations will enhance job opportunities and wages as well.

Schools that offer this program