What a BSN Can Do for You
Like many other bachelor’s degrees, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a four-year program that must be taken at an accredited university or college. The courses offered may vary between schools, but most programs require students to take a number of general anatomy, physiology, chemistry and psychology classes in addition to the core nursing material. Your final semesters may require you to complete clinical rotations in order to apply the skills you learn in the classroom.
A bachelor’s in nursing is slightly more advanced than other registered nurse (RN) programs. All RNs must be properly licensed, but can enter the medical field with a BSN, an associate degree in nursing (ASN) or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Diploma and ASN programs take less time to complete, but cover less material than a BSN. As a result, nurses with a BSN are typically given more responsibility, supervisory positions and better wages.
According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (USDOL BLS), the job outlook for registered nurses over the next 10 years is very optimistic. While the average projected growth rate for all occupations is about seven percent, there is an expected 16 percent increase in demand for RNs from now until 2024. Individuals with RN licensing of any kind can work as a:
- Ambulatory Care Nurse: treats patients outside of hospitals
- Certified Nurse Midwife: helps deliver babies, provide pre/postnatal care
- Geriatric/Hospice Nurse: helps care for elderly or end-of-life patients
- Independent Nurse Contractor: works on a contractual basis for different medical facilities
- Military Nurse: cares for patients within the military around the world
- Pediatric Nurse: helps care for children
- Psychiatric Nurse: treats patients with mental illness
A BSN opens up more possibilities, like:
- Clinical Nurse Leader: oversee and administer treatment for your own group of patients
- Informatics Nurse: incorporate IT skills in clinical setting, perform clinical research
- Nurse Advocate: meet with patients, educate and inform about illnesses and treatment
- Oncology Nurse: provide care for cancer patients
- Surgical Nurse: care for patients before, during and after surgery
Many nurses who have their BSN go on to earn their Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). This further opens your career options, even giving you the opportunity to teach. Nurses with an MSN can teach at both community and technical colleges; a doctorate would be required to teach at the university level. MSN students can also become nurse practitioners (NPs), health care providers with many of the same privileges and responsibilities as physicians. They can specialize in any number of practice areas and are qualified to prescribe medicine, diagnose diseases, order lab tests/analyze results for patients and create treatment plans.
Online Nursing Programs and More
The Upper Iowa University (UIU) RN-BSN major allows students to develop the skills they need to be successful in a flexible and convenient format. Students can choose between a hybrid (online and in-person) or online curriculum to create a schedule that best fits their lifestyle.
Upper Iowa University’s RN-BSN program is designed to prepare you for advancement in the medical field and future education. Contact us today for more information about nursing or any of our other comprehensive degree programs.