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What Is a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program?

For nurses looking to expand their career options, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program can help lead to opportunities for advancement. BSN degree programs offer a broad view on nursing practice, with the goal of educating nursing students on the subjects relevant to nursing administration, consulting, teaching and research.

BSN nursing programs typically take four years to complete. Some colleges and universities also offer the option of pursuing an 'accelerated' BSN program. These programs can be completed in a shorter period of time than the regular programs - as short as 12 to 18 months - but are correspondingly more intense. Even though they can be completed more quickly, that does not mean they are the right choice for every nursing student.

Many nurses earn a two-year associate's degree or complete a one-year licensed practical nurse (LPN) program before starting on a BSN program. However, it is also possible to pursue a BSN as your first degree. Several schools offer online LPN to BSN degree programs for LPNs who are already working in the field, as well as RN to BSN programs for registered nurses (RNs) who are doing the same.

Advancing in the Nursing Profession with a BSN Degree

Completing a BSN degree program can open many opportunities in existing and future careers. Nurses who have earned a BSN degree may be considered for promotion to supervisory or management roles, which can also lead to higher salaries. Head nurses who have earned BSN degrees typically earn more than those with two-year nursing degrees. BSN holders may be able to earn the opportunity to manage small health care facilities, become an assistant director of nursing, or consult for research labs, pharmaceutical companies or insurance firms.

Sources:

1. Registered Nurses, Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Accessed March 2018, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm


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