Many RNs enter nursing after completing an associate degree or diploma program. Having already passed the NCLEX and started a career, working nurses may put earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing on the back burner. But with a BSN becoming the expected level of nursing education, now may be the time to get started in an online RN to BSN program.
RNs prepared at the diploma or associate level may postpone earning their BSN for a variety of reasons — work schedule, family obligations, cost and more. An online program such as the RN to BSN at the University of Houston-Victoria can provide the affordable, flexible option working nurses need to advance their education.
Five Advantages of an Online BSN
A BSN is becoming the standard entry-level degree for RNs, with an abundance of research supporting this shift. For working RNs who are ready to take this step, an online RN to BSN program has its advantages. Here's a look at just five of the many benefits to earning a BSN online:
- No need to wait for the next semester: Traditional campus-based programs follow a semester schedule, which may limit students to only two start dates. UHV's online RN to BSN offers five start dates a year. Not quite ready? No problem. The next start date is right around the corner.
- Graduate in less time: A traditional BSN program typically takes four years. Because RN to BSN programs build on the clinical experience and education that RNs already have, students can graduate with their BSN in a year or so, ready to take their career to new levels.
- Keep your job: UHV's RN to BSN is designed for working professionals. Students can apply what they're learning directly to their practice. In fact, having practical experience can provide RNs with a foundation for understanding coursework.
- Balance family, work, and personal responsibilities: A serious benefit of the online format is the flexibility it provides to accommodate other obligations and interests. Rather than worry about how to arrange the rest of life around on-campus classes, busy RNs can choose the time and place to complete their online studies.
- Get the same strong education as on-campus options: RNs may wonder if the quality of an online program is a match for traditional programs. Choosing an accredited nursing program, whether online or on campus, is one way to ensure a commitment to high standards. UHV's RN to BSN is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a leading national accreditation agency.
There are many reasons to earn a BSN. Keeping pace with changing healthcare needs is one. With an online RN to BSN program such as UHV's, RNs can earn their BSN without putting their careers on hold. Building on the credentials and experience they already have, RNs can graduate in just 12 months, prepared for the future of nursing.
Learn more about the University of Houston-Victoria's online RN to BSN program.
Sources:American Association of Colleges of Nursing: The Impact of Education on Nursing Practice
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