Why RN to BSN
There is a shortage of nurses and many facilities require a minimum of a BSN in nursing. A BSN is required before most MSN programs. This online program allows nurses with a Associate Degree in Nursing to complete a BSN, often within a year or two. The Future of Nursing report recommends that 80% of working registered nurses complete a bachelor's degree. With a BSN, nurses have an advantage over RNs in that they can consider positions such as Nurse Manager, perioperative nursing, informatics, patient advocacy, or teaching in an Associate Degree program. A BSN also offers a higher salary and is a requirement for most Masters, APRN, or CRNA programs. Patient outcomes in hospitals improve when there are more BSN prepared nurses in the facility. There are many scholarships and funding assistance available and the working RN can complete the BSN while working full time. Students choose an elective (Holistic Nursing, Wound Care, or ER nursing) that can lead to a BSN level certificate in nursing.
What will I learn
- Gain additional knowledge in Community Nursing, Research, and Leadership.
- Preparation for the Masters program by reviewing patho and assessment.
- Understanding the meaning and transition to a BSN program.
Sample Course Plan and General Education Requirements
Professional Licensure Disclosure
Students should be aware that licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change. Licensing agencies or boards also may have requirements in addition to an earned degree. APSU recommends that students who are not Tennessee residents or who plan to seek licensure or certification outside the state of Tennessee contact the appropriate licensing agency or board before they enroll in an academic program designed to lead to licensure or certification and discuss their plans with an advisor.