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What Is an RN to BSN Program?

If you're a registered nurse (RN) who earned your position by completing a nursing diploma or associate degree, you may want to consider enrolling in an RN to BSN program at some point. A registered nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program is a four-year program that can teach knowledge and skills that offer potential in the nursing field. These programs generally focus on developing your knowledge and skills in leadership, critical thinking and administration, which are important skills for earning a role as a nurse supervisor or charge nurse.

Entry Requirements for RN to BSN Degree Programs

To enroll in an RN to BSN degree program, you should have earned an associate's degree or diploma in nursing and be employed as a registered nurse in a health care setting (clinic, medical office, research facility, long-term care facility or hospital). You must also already be licensed as an RN and have passed the NCLEX.

If you're a working nurse who is worried about being able to afford tuition for such a program, consider discussing the matter with your employer. Some health care employers may supplement or reimburse part of the costs for completing your RN to BSN degree program, since the nursing skills you can learn in the program can benefit them as well as you.

Benefits to an RN to BSN Degree Program

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Generally, registered nurses with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) will have better job prospects than those without one." In addition to job prospects, wages tend to rise with your level of education and experience. Earning an RN to BSN degree may also be helpful for admittance into post-graduate health care administrator degree programs.

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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