Online BSN Nursing Programs Gaining Popularity in Medical Field
posted May 15th, 2012 by King University
Nurses flock to online RN to BSN programs to earn advanced degree
More and more professionals are realizing the value of earning a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) when pursuing a career in the medical field. In fact, a recent study by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) reports a significant rise in entry-level BSN nursing programs at higher education institutions across the country as more students choose a BSN over the traditionally popular associate degree in nursing. Furthermore, the study pointed to an even greater increase in enrollment for BSN completion programs, including online RN to BSN programs, as current registered nurses (RNs) seek career advancement through enhanced qualifications and an expanded knowledge base.
A Growing Health Care Profession
The health care industry continues its significant growth spurt as new technological innovations and increased patient needs place a demand on the necessity for qualified medical professionals. In particular, the nursing profession continues to see strong growth numbers with a projected expansion rate of 22 percent through 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This growth equates to more than 2 million new nursing jobs over the next decade. Health and wellness facilities are looking for BSN-prepared nursing professionals to meet this employment demand. The same AACN study found that in 2011, 56 percent of BSN degree holders found a job immediately after graduation while 88 percent found a job within four to six months after graduation.
A New Way to Earn a BSN
With the increased need for nursing professionals within medical facilities across the nation and the surge in applications for both entry-level BSN programs and BSN completion programs, traditional colleges and universities cannot keep up with enrollment demands. As such, many higher education institutions are offering online RN to BSN programs to ensure qualified nursing professionals have the opportunity to enhance their education by earning a degree. Online programs can reach more students through this remote learning platform, increasing the accessibility of a BSN and helping to meet the needs of medical facilities across the country.