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BSN Programs Types

Nursing can be a rewarding career for those who wish to dedicate their lives to caring for others. Although you do not need an advanced degree and do not need to attend medical school, many hospitals require their nurses to have a Bachelor of Science in Medicine (BSN). You can choose to complete your four-year degree before you enter the workforce or start with an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). Each method has its advantages and disadvantages. There are many types of BSN programs from which to choose, including RN to BSN bridge programs, traditional classes, and online courses.

RN to BSN programs are designed for nurses that want to further their education without giving up their jobs in order to do so. These programs are basically an accelerated version of what you might experience if you were to get your BSN in a traditional manner. You will need to be a Registered Nurse before you can consider entering this type of program. Although these programs usually take two years to complete, many schools allow a busy nurse to learn at his or her own pace. Many online programs will allow you to take up to five years.

Traditional classes have a number of advantages. First of all, you will have the moral support of others which can be an important factor for would-be nurses. You also have easy access to your professors. Finally, some people simply learn better in a traditional classroom environment. Keep in mind that nursing schools are extremely competitive. Top universities, such as John Hopkins, may have as little as 150 seats open every year. Schools may have waiting lists or lotteries that may keep you from attending right away. BSN programs without waiting lists include Columbia University, Auburn University, Brigham Young University, Nazareth College, and Finlandia University among others.

Online BSN programs are another option to consider. If you have a crowded work schedule, a family or other obligations, online programs might be the best choice. These programs may require you to attend several on-campus sessions to get the experience you need but may be more flexible than traditional classes. You will need to be an independent learner to get the most from these programs however. Schools that offer online BSN degree programs include Kaplan University, Western Governors University, Capella University, South University, Walden University and the University of Phoenix. Some programs are only available to RNs.