RN to BSN - Online Degree

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Registered nurses who are interested in opening up their career choices should consider enrolling in an RN to BSN online degree. This program will take the clinical skills that you already have and add to them leadership knowledge, managerial ability and communication skills. Read on to find out how completing this program can enable you to obtain positions in administration and nursing management.
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Why Earn an RN-BSN Online Degree?

An RN-BSN degree program is geared towards licensed, registered nurses who are interested in furthering their administrative career. Graduates of this program learn additional clinical skills, which helps them to better perform their daily responsibilities; develop their critical-thinking and decision-making skills; and learn the leadership skills necessary to obtain administrative and managerial positions. Since nurses often work nontraditional hours, an online program will fit in with their schedules much easier than an on-campus program.

Career Possibilities

BSN Occupational Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov) the job outlook for registered nurses is excellent. Because the population continues to age, and since there are fewer nurses replacing those who are retiring, graduates of an RN-BSN program can expect the job growth rate to continue to be faster than average well into the future.

BSN Salary Information

The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median annual salary for registered nurses as $52,330. Nurses who work in clinical settings, such as hospitals, earn higher salaries than nurses employed in physicians' offices.

Degree Specifics

Coursework Required for an RN-BSN Online Degree

Coursework in an RN-BSN degree works largely from the background that a nurse should already have obtained from his or her previous RN training. The final semester of this program will usually include a senior thesis on a topic of the student's choosing. Typical classes in an RN-BSN program include:

  • Management in Nursing
  • Professional Nursing's Modern Issues
  • Global Health
  • Nursing Ethics and Regulations
  • Genetics in Nursing

Skills Obtained in an RN-BSN Online Degree

Graduates of an RN-BSN online degree should be able to continue successfully completing their duties as a practicing nurse, as well as accepting further responsibility in administration or management. Skills needed to become a nursing leader include:

  • Full understanding of nursing clinical practices
  • Ability to manage others
  • Advanced organizational skills
  • Knowledge of their state's regulations regarding nursing practices

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Independence University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Nursing (RN completion to BS) (RN req.)
      • Nursing (RN completion to BS) (RN req.)
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelors of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN (RN License Required)
      • Bachelor: Health and Wellness
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS in Nursing (Registered Nurse - R.N. to BSN)
      • BS in Health Care Administration
      • BS in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care
      • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Colorado Technical University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS - Nursing (RN to BSN completion)
  • Online Programs Available
    5. George Fox University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Regent University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
      • B.S. in Professional Studies - Nursing Home Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Walden University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS in Nursing (BSN) - RN-BSN-MSN Track
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Indiana Wesleyan University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.S. Nursing - Post Licensure (RN-BSN)
      • B.S. General Studies - Life Sciences
      • B.S. Healthcare Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Keiser University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • RN to BSN
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  • Nursing (RN completion to BS) (RN req.)

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  • Bachelor: Health and Wellness

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Grand Canyon University

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  • BS in Health Care Administration
  • BS in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care

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Colorado Technical University

  • BS - Nursing (RN to BSN completion)

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George Fox University

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Regent University

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  • B.S. in Professional Studies - Nursing Home Administration

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Walden University

  • BS in Nursing (BSN) - RN-BSN-MSN Track

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  • B.S. General Studies - Life Sciences
  • B.S. Healthcare Administration

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