What You Should Consider Before Choosing a BSN Program

BSN Program ChecklistMake sure the RN to BSN program you choose has everything you’re looking for.

Choosing where to study for your RN to BSN degree is an important decision, one that requires research and a clear understanding of your own career goals. Because job opportunities for nurses with their BSN are growing all the time, continuing your nursing education will help you expand your career options and augment your earning potential. Earning your RN to BSN online will also give you a deeper understanding of the science of nursing itself.

Completing a bachelor’s degree while working to support yourself and your family is a time commitment. What’s more, the financial challenges of furthering your education can be intimidating. Notre Dame College (NDC) is aware of this, and has therefore developed an RN to BSN program that is completely online. This structure allows you to complete your degree on your own terms, without adding unnecessary stress to your already-busy schedule of work and family commitments. We also offer competitive and affordable tuition. This means that getting your RN to BSN degree has never been more within your reach.

Whether online or in a traditional classroom setting, we’ve compiled a list of the most important things to consider when researching nursing programs to help you make an informed decision about where you choose to complete your RN to BSN degree. The following aspects of education are important for those who are continuing their nursing education:

Check  Accreditation

It is important to research the accreditation of the school you are considering to ensure that you choose a reputable nursing program. The largest nursing accreditation organizations in the U.S. are The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). NDC nursing programs are accredited by the CCNE.

Check  Online resources

An ideal nursing program will have online resources readily available for their students. At NDC, we use online tools that enhance courses to make them both engaging and effective. Students of our online programs can enroll part time (fewer than four courses per term) or full time (four courses or more). RN to BSN courses are delivered entirely online and use the Moodle learning management system. Online students have access to technological tools like virtual classrooms, and technical support is available anytime through live chat. Help articles, phone support and email support are also available.

Check  Convenience

Because many RN to BSN students are balancing work and their education, it is important that any degree program you pursue is convenient for your busy life—this is what makes online programs a smart choice for many nursing students. Because NDC’s RN to BSN program is offered in a completely online format with accelerated courses, you can earn your degree quickly without sacrificing the quality of your education.

Check  Cost

Tuition costs vary greatly by institution and can make going back to school cost-prohibitive. Before choosing an RN to BSN program, make sure that financial aid is available. Continuing your education is an investment, but it doesn’t have to put you in debt. NDC offers affordable tuition, and students can apply for financial aid before they get accepted into their desired program. This means that you can begin organizing your education finances as soon as possible. We offer a variety of scholarships, grants, and financial aid to both our online and traditional students. Visit our Financial Aid page for more information.

Check  Admission Requirements

Make sure that the schools you are considering for completing your RN to BSN degree are clear about their admission requirements and will align with your qualifications. Most schools have admission guidelines on their website for prospective students’ reference. At NDC, for example, the admissions requirements for our RN to BSN program are as follows:

  • Associate degree or diploma in nursing (program must be accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Verification of an active RN license in the state of residence
  • Completion of prerequisite and support courses with a grade of a C or higher (must be completed prior to graduation from the RN to BSN program)
  • Copy of official transcript
  • Completed online application

Check  Career Goals

Depending on where you want to take your nursing career, different schools may offer different benefits. If a school has specific specialties that do not apply to your area of interest, then it may not be a good choice for you. Again, research is important so that you are able to pick the school that’s right for you and your career goals. At NDC, we offer an RN to BSN degree that allows our students to further their career in various areas of nursing and other health-related fields.

NDC nursing graduates rank our program consistently higher when compared with other online RN to BSN programs in Ohio. We work hard to prepare our students to function in medical environments like hospitals, clinics, schools, public health institutions and other community organizations. For more information and to find out if NDC’s nursing program is right for you, visit our online programs page.