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Why Online for an RN to BSN Program

For nurses considering a BSN degree, an online option might be the best fit. There are more than 2,000 schools that offer nursing programs, and 77 offer classes online. With the expected rise in demand for BSN-prepared nurses, now may be the best time to consider an RN to BSN online.

The benefits of an online degree program for working nurses are particularly appealing. Learning is more accessible, and nurses can tailor their coursework to fit their individual schedules and needs. Many students can earn an advanced degree in as few as 12 months.


A flexible online nursing degree program allows students to learn when and where it is most convenient. Most online courses are accessible anytime, day or night — whenever the student can make the time between work, family and other commitments. Whether they log on over a lunch break, while the kids are in bed or between shifts, students enrolled in an RN to BSN online can make the most of their time whenever it is convenient.

Students can take classes anywhere, as long as they have access to the internet, and most online programs offer multiple start dates, giving working nurses the flexibility to jump in and start learning when it makes sense.


Most online degree programs are a fraction of the cost of traditional programs. Lower overhead and fewer fees mean students can benefit from the savings without sacrificing quality instruction. Because students can do the work from anywhere, those enrolled in an RN to BSN online program save on commuting and other costs.

Job Outlook

A report from the Institute of Medicine states that 55 percent of nurses have a BSN degree or higher, and the Institute recommends that this number reach 80 percent or higher by 2020.

Nurses who complete an RN to BSN online gain essential leadership skills in key areas, according to the report. These nurses gain insight into health policy and health care financing, community and public health, systems thinking and quality improvement. By choosing an online RN to BSN program, nurses can gain the skills and experience necessary to provide the best nursing care.

Learn about the UNCW online RN to BSN program.


Retrieved from Find Your School. (n.d.). The Campaign for Nursing’s Future

Retrieved from The Future of Nursing IOM Report. (2013, May 23). Campaign for Action

Retrieved from The Impact of Education on Nursing Practice. (n.d.). American Association of Colleges of Nursing

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