Individuals can earn a bachelor's degree in nursing from a 4-year public or private university with a nursing department, and three of the schools offering the program are Ohio University, the Chamberlain College of Nursing and Jacksonville University. Some nursing bachelor's degree programs are completed on campus, while others are partially or entirely completed through online courses.
A Bachelor of Science in Nursing, or BSN, programs are most common and are often designed for individuals who already have previous education and work as registered nurses, or RN, although pre-licensure programs do exist. Unlike typical BSN programs, RN to BSN programs are typically accelerated and take less than the typical four years for a bachelor's degree as students usually have already completed many of the courses as part of an associate degree program in nursing. These programs also designed for working professionals, so online courses are commonly available.
Some courses in a BSN program may include those in nursing leadership, health assessment, anatomy and physiology, nursing practice, microbiology, chemistry, psychology, cultural diversity and healthcare information systems. Furthermore, practical experiences in a healthcare facility and a capstone course with a final project are common requirements.
Jacksonville University notes that earning a BSN can enable nursing professionals to find roles as nursing specialists and healthcare managers. In addition to promotion opportunities, BSN holders may also see higher wages.