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What Is an RN to BSN Program?

For registered nurses with an associate degree, a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (RN to BSN) offers the opportunity to build on firsthand experience while earning a bachelor's degree in nursing.

The benefits of a BSN include increased earnings potential, access to advanced nursing specialties and the possibility of continuing on to graduate work. The transition from RN to BSN can also enhance decision-making skills, strengthen leadership abilities and aid in developing a systematic approach to assessing problems.

A number of states including New York have passed laws requiring nurses with an associate degree to earn a baccalaureate degree within a certain number of years. The push for an undergraduate degree as a nursing requirement is supported by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which recommends that the proportion of nurses with bachelor's degrees be increased to 80 percent by 2020. IOM and leading medical groups cite the rapidly evolving field of medicine and an aging population as two leading reasons a BSN is more important than ever.

The degree is often referred to as a "bridge" program because it builds on the knowledge and experience nurses bring to the program. The curriculum is designed to improve clinical reasoning and analytical skills.

Eastern Illinois University's RN to BSN Coursework

Eastern Illinois University's (EIU) coursework is designed to develop sound clinical judgements by covering topics such as public and community health nursing practices, pharmacogenomics, and management and leadership skills, among others.

The seven-week course on community health examines public and community health practices within the context of systems theory while exploring epidemiology and community assessment with an emphasis on prevention interventions.

Pharmacogenomics classes teach genetic essentials with an emphasis on applying that knowledge to healthcare practices and optimizing drug therapy.

Leadership courses teach managerial skills at both the individual and organizational level. Students are expected to apply that knowledge to their own leadership practices.

All courses are designed to allow BSN recipients to improve clinical decision-making, prepare for collaborative work environments and cultivate an inquiry-based practice.

Earn an Accredited BSN

The online RN to BSN program at Eastern Illinois University is taught by experienced faculty and can be completed in as few as 14 months. As medical science advances, so does the need for highly trained nurses. An increasing number of clinics and states are raising educational requirements for nursing.

A CCNE-accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing through EIU's online RN to BSN program is an affordable and convenient way to ensure that your educational qualifications reflect the highest standards a nursing degree can offer.

Learn more about the EIU RN to BSN online program.


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