Earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is perhaps one of the best investments you can make for your career. Expanded career opportunities, higher earning potential and the option to work in some of the nation’s top-rated hospitals are just some of the benefits.
The online RN to BSN program at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) is flexible, convenient and cost-effective. It offers a great value and prepares you for the new nursing environment.
Why Earning a BSN Is a Good Investment
Earning a BSN more than repays the investment of your time and money, and it offers a number of career benefits. According to DiscoverNursing, BSN-prepared nurses take on greater roles in higher stakes situations. Some of the specialties requiring a BSN or higher include nursing informatics, nurse advocacy, nurse education and nurse leadership.
A Marketable Degree
A 2014 American Association of Colleges of Nursing survey that asked nursing school deans for their insights on hiring found that 79.6 percent of hospitals and healthcare facilities indicated a strong preference for BSN-prepared nurses, while 45.1 percent say they required it. Furthermore, magnet-designated facilities employ nurse managers and leaders who are, at minimum, BSN-prepared, as the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) requires. DiscoverNursing reports that BSN-prepared nurses can earn $57,000 to $130,000 per year — ADN- or ASN-prepared nurses earn $54,000 to $88,000.
What Are the Benefits of an Online Program?
Earning a degree online is the most cost-effective option, according to The Costs of Online Learning, a 2012 paper from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Per student, universities spend $10,000 in traditional programs, $8,900 in blended schools, and $6,400 in digital-only programs. Without added expenses, schools can extend these savings to their students.
Named one of the least expensive four-year colleges in the nation by CollegeforTexans.com, UTPB offers a very affordable degree. At $288 per credit hour, UTPB tuition is comparable to most other inexpensive RN to BSN programs. Your expenses can be even lower if you secure grants or scholarships or if you are eligible for tuition reimbursement from your employer. UTPB maintains a database of scholarships for nursing students that details a variety of funding sources.
Aside from being cost-effective, an online program should offer quality. U.S. News & World Report rated UTPB’s online program one of the best online bachelor’s programs in 2016. They based their findings on four criteria important to working adults: student engagement, faculty credentials, student services, and technology and peer reputation.
If your goal is to earn a BSN and find new career opportunities as quickly as possible, an online program is a solid option. Students can complete the online RN to BSN program at UTPB in as few as 12 months. Furthermore, you can continue working while you earn your degree. UTPB offers courses that are 100 percent online, so there is no need to commute to and from classes. The program also offers multiple start dates, and each course is only eight weeks long.
BSN-prepared nurses enjoy expanded career opportunities, higher earnings and greater marketability. If you are a working RN, going back to school for your BSN may seem impossible. However, earning your degree with an online RN to BSN program can offer you the flexibility, convenience and affordability you need.
Learn more about the UTPB online RN to BSN program.
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