Online BSN Nursing Programs
A bachelors degree in nursing (BSN) can open up more career opportunities for nurses, as well as prepare them for further studies, such as a masters degree in nursing. Many hospitals prefer to hire RNs with BSN degrees when possible, so this is a good step to take for those RNs who haven't already gotten their BSN.
Registered Nurses who would like to obtain a bachelors degree in nursing, but don't have to time to attend a traditional campus-based BSN program have the option of online BSN nursing programs. There are a growing number of these programs available, many from well known universities around the country.
Online BSN nursing programs are available from University of Phoenix, Western Governors University, Stevens-Henager College, American Sentinel University, University of Illinois, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, South University, Chamberlain College of Nursing, Drexel University, Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences, Utica College, University of St. Mary, Kaplan University, Liberty University, Indiana State University, Keiser University, University of Mary, and University of Delaware.
For LPNs wishing to get a BSN, Indiana State University has an online LPN to BSN nursing program. This program requires you to be at least 21 years old. Online BSN nursing programs are either RN to BSN or LPN to BSN because nursing cannot be taught totally online. Those who are already LPNs or RNs already have a lot of the clinical nursing skills, so it is possible to teach them mainly through classwork in online BSN nursing programs. Requirements for admission into online BSN nursing programs include clear criminal background check, an RN license in good standing, an associates degree or diploma from a nursing program (sometimes with a minimum GPA, depending on the program), and an age of at least 21 years. In order to complete online BSN nursing programs, university requirements might include a few days or a few weeks of visits by the student to the actual campus of the university (although most online BSN nursing programs now do not require this), a practicum or clinical component (which may sometimes be completed where you are already working), a lab, and taking liberal arts courses in addition to the nursing courses required for these online BSN nursing programs. Completion of online BSN nursing programs typically takes from 18 months to 3 years, depending on the program. Any online BSN nursing programs that you choose should be accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). It would also be a good idea to check out the courses you would be required to take as a part of each of the online BSN nursing programs you are considering, as that might help you decide between them since one might have courses more to your liking or needs than another.