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Benefits of a Hybrid Nursing Program

After gaining a few years of health care experience, many registered nurses (RNs) find themselves ready to take their career to the next level for a number of reasons, including better job opportunities, the potential to earn a higher salary, etc. But for many of the hardworking men and women who occupy this competitive career field, it can be challenging to find a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program that aligns with your busy work and personal schedule.

For those seeking both the familiarity of traditional, on-campus classes as well as the convenience and flexibility of online courses, the hybrid RN-BSN program offered at Upper Iowa University (UIU) can truly offer the best of both worlds.

What Exactly Does a Hybrid Program Entail?

While in-person courses are strictly held in a classroom and online courses are strictly internet-based, hybrid programs combine the two, creating an experience that’s more convenient than having to always attend class inperson but still far more hands-on and personable than a fully online course.

Students in UIU’s hybrid RN to BSN program meet in person for three-hour courses in weeks 1, 3, 6 and 8, with the rest of the program being conducted 100% online via discussion threads and other means which enable students to communicate with one another and their instructor in a simple, asynchronous fashion.

Hybrid RN to BSN classes start every eight calendar weeks and students have the option to choose between part-time and full-time enrollment, depending on what works best with their home and work schedule.

How to Determine if You’re Ready for Hybrid Learning

In order to succeed in a hybrid learning environment, we believe students must:

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  • Be self-disciplined and highly motivated
  • Have truly effective time management skills
  • Feel comfortable reading, writing and communicating with others online
  • Be willing to work independently and without immediate feedback from instructors
  • Be willing and able to commit to accessing the online course content at least three times each week
  • Have a strong, consistently reliable internet connection
  • Be willing and able to commit to spending a minimum of 17-20 hours on coursework each week, per 3-credit class
  • Enjoy interacting face-to-face with classmates and instructors as well as having the flexibility online learning affords

If all the above statements describe who you are as a student, we’re confident our hybrid nursing program will be a good fit for you.

Contact an Admissions Advisor if You Think This Is the Right Program for You

If you’re looking to obtain the skills and practical, in-depth knowledge necessary to advance your career in the constantly evolving health care industry but need the help of an affordable, easily accessible and highly flexible program to help you get there, we encourage you to consider the hybrid RN-BSN program here at Upper Iowa University.

Not only will this program position you to continue furthering your career in nursing, it will also help prepare you for graduate-level work should that ever be something you choose to pursue.

To learn more about the RN-BSN program curriculum or to speak with a friendly enrollment specialist about the admissions process, transferring credits or anything else, please contact us today.

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