If you’re a working RN and are thinking of earning a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree, read our tips below for great information on the top online BSN programs.
Many working RNs want to earn a bachelor’s in nursing due because opportunities tend to be greater for those with the BSN, according to BestOnlineColleges.com.
“RNs looking to move into an administrative position, do research, consult, or teach are frequently required to have a BSN or a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from an accredited nursing degree program,” the site says in regards to its own Top 10 Online Bachelor of Nursing (RN to BSN) Degree Programs of 2011-2012.
What are some of the benefits of pursuing a BSN online? There are several:
- Students can still work as an RN while earning the degree.
- They can study while still living at home, rather than pulling up stakes and moving to the BSN program’s locations
- Students may have to travel to the program’s campus, but only about two or three times a year over a long weekend.
- A student’s preceptor easily could be a manager or supervisor at his or her current employer, negating the need to travel to another site for the clinical and practicum portions of the degree.
BestOnlineColleges.com rated its top 10 RN to BSN programs “based on publicly available data evaluated according to several different criteria, including reputation, accreditation, student satisfaction, ratio of students to instructors, and cost.”
The top programs are:
1. Sacred Heart University
2. Florida College of Health Sciences
3. Seton Hall University
4. University of Kansas
5. University of Illinois at Chicago
6. Drexel University
7. Indiana State University
8. Kent State University
9. Saint Peter’s College
10. Anna Maria College
The cost per credit hour for the top 10 schools ranged from $795 (Seton Hall) to $282 at the University of Kansas for in-state residents (the per credit hour cost is $353 for non-residents).
If you’re an RN researching the possibility of earning a BSN but are concerned about cost, check with your employer. Many hospitals and medical facilities are covering tuition for degree programs.
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