Nursing, at its core, is about helping others. In the simplest sense, registered nurses are holistic care providers, whose job is fully dedicated to bettering the health and well-being of patients. But the role of registered nurses goes much beyond the expected patient care. Today, nurses are also coordinators of care. They oversee patient cases as well as other health care staff. Nurses are specialists, experts in specific areas of study. Nurses are researchers and lifelong learners. They are also highly-respected members of the medical team. So much, in fact, that many would say nurses are the backbone of healthcare today.
Because registered nurses (also known as RNs) play such a critical role in healthcare, they must be educated. They must be trained, skilled, and offer high-quality care to patients. Thus, comes the Bachelor’s in Nursing (BSN) degree.
Right now, you may be asking, “Do I really need a BSN degree?” or even, “How long will it take me to get a BSN?” The thought of committing to years of nursing school can be a hard pill to swallow – especially for those that are already working as an RN. The good news is, there are flexible, affordable BSN programs out there, so that you can earn your BSN without over-investing your time or dollars.
And it will certainly be worth it. According to Nurse Journal, the health care environment is increasing in complexity, and BSN nurses are well-equipped for the expanding professional roles within it. They are very versatile professionals, with the ability to work in a range of care settings, specialties, and different level careers. It’s no wonder why almost 80 percent of all healthcare employers express a strong interest in BSN graduates. In fact, the state of Connecticut is advancing towards an 80 percent BSN workforce within the next two years.
For registered nurses, a BSN is a great way to stand out when looking for career advancement opportunities. The question remains, how do you get there, and how do you get there fast?
How long does it take to get a BSN degree?
Typically, in a traditional college, Bachelor’s programs take about four academic years to complete. While ADN (associate degree in nursing) programs are mostly focused on skills acquisition and NCLEX preparation, BSN programs place more emphasis on leadership, critical-thinking, research, and interdisciplinary course work, and therefore take more time to fulfill.
Some nursing colleges, however, offer accelerated paths towards a BSN degree, particularly for those students who already meet certain requirements. At Goodwin College, for example, BSN students who have their RN licensure can complete our RN-to-BSN program part-time in just 16 months. This means you can work towards your Bachelor’s degree, while still working your full-time nursing job.
Not to mention, at Goodwin College, you may be eligible to receive up to 62 credits for previous nursing course work (via the Connecticut Articulation Model). Apply that to your BSN degree, and you’re already steps ahead! Goodwin also offers three academic sessions each year, for even faster degree completion.
Only students that have passed the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) and are licensed as an RN, may continue to complete their BSN degree. So, if you are just starting out in the nursing field, and do not have any transferrable college credits, you must start with the fundamental ADN course work in our nursing school. Fortunately, our Associate degree in Nursing program is also very flexible, and can be completed in as few as 20 months part-time. Additional time may be needed to complete your general education requirements; however, those can be completed in conjunction with your nursing classes.
All in, you can complete your Associate and your Bachelor’s nursing degrees part-time in just 36 academic months at Goodwin College – leaving no need to commit to a four-year program. Here, you can also benefit from online and hybrid-format course offerings. Our BSN completion program can be taken completely online, so that you can work (right after, or even before, work!) from the comfort of your own home. And with our fixed tuition model, you know the total cost of completing your BSN degree before you begin taking classes.
Get on the fast-track to earning your BSN degree today! Contact Goodwin College at 800-889-3282 to learn more about our various nursing programs, or visit us online to learn why we’re a leader in nursing education in Connecticut.