RNs who earn a BSN can not only potentially advance their careers, they can also pursue advanced education or specialization within the nursing field. These bridge programs can be completed in as little as one year since many are accelerated in nature. Part-time students may take up to five years to complete their studies.
To be admitted into a RN-to-BSN program, applicants need to have completed high school or have a GED. They must also have completed a registered nursing program and have a current RN license. Most programs also require that students have taken college courses in humanities, mathematics and science.
Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
In general, RN-to-BSN programs offer clinical experience balanced with classroom study, unless courses are completed online. Commonly required courses include:
- Anatomy and physiology
- Healthcare systems and management
- Modern nursing practices
- Nursing ethics and laws
- Nurse leadership
- Nursing mathematical statistics
Career Outlook and Salary Info
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projected that registered nursing jobs would increase by 12% from 2018-2028, which is much faster than the national average (www.bls.gov). The aging population, technological advances, and increased preventative care measures were all expected to contribute to this need for more nurses. The BLS expected that there would be nearly 3.4 million registered nurses in the U.S. by 2028. In 2018, more registered nurses were employed in hospitals than with any other healthcare employer. As of May 2018, registered nurses made a mean annual salary of $75,510.
Continuing Education Options
Some nurses pursue Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degrees and enter management, advanced practice nursing or even research careers. Nurses also might gain professional certification in a specialty to focus their careers on one particular area of nursing. These voluntary certifications cover various age groups, diseases, and healthcare environments. A BSN may not be a specific requirement to pursue the certifications, but graduates of BSN programs who meet experience, continuing education, and other requirements will be eligible to pursue numerous credentials.
RN-to-BSN nursing programs reinforce nursing skills and teach new, more advanced nursing concepts to current RNs. BSN graduates may choose to further their education by pursuing an MSN and taking management and supervisory positions.