What to Expect From an RN to BSN Online Program

RN to BSN onlineAre you considering transitioning from RN to BSN online? You likely have a whole slew of questions – and concerns. You’re already a nurse – what’s left to learn? Can you handle working through school? Maybe it’s been a while since you cracked open a textbook. Do you even have time for it?

Put those uncertainties to rest with this overview on earning your RN to BSN online. We heard your questions and concerns and spoke with Dr. Colleen Koob, an online Nursing Dean from Rasmussen College. Learn what to expect and how to get yourself ahead of the class!

“I’m already a nurse – what else do I need to know?”

Yes, you already have a vast amount of nursing knowledge and experience under your belt from working. But an RN to BSN program can help you advance your skills and strengths to the next level.

“Our students are already nurses. We don’t have to teach them how to become nurses, we just help them to become better nurses,” Koob explains.

While your ADN courses covered very hands-on clinical skills, the courses in an RN to BSN online program will cover the broader skills that develop your leadership capabilities. The curriculum will help you understand the “why” in nursing – not just how to do it.

RN to BSN online programs cover components of nursing leadership, public health, pathophysiology and health assessment, according to Koob. And you may also take courses on quality and safety, informatics and transcultural and alternative therapies.

“It’s been a long time since I was in school”

Students in RN to BSN online programs come from all walks of life – and many are likely in the same boat as you.

“Sometimes it is difficult returning to school when you have been out of the college frame of mind, or when you have many more personal and professional obligations,” Koob says.

However, there are many resources in place to help students with any issues they might encounter, such as tutoring, student support, digital libraries and technological support.

“Going RN to BSN online is intimidating”

Maybe all of your previous courses were on-campus. Going from RN to BSN online can be intimidating if it’s new to you. But don’t worry; online classes are different – but in a good way!

“Online classes are a fun way to interact,” Koob says. She explains that the courses at Rasmussen College generally include 11 modules that you’d work your way through each quarter. Each module incorporates different activities to measure your knowledge.

Additionally, you can expect discussions in chat rooms and discussion boards, written assignments and quizzes in an RN to BSN online course. There are several ways to connect with your classmates and instructors. And with technology support, help is only a click away.

“I’m already working – how can I balance school, too?”

Maybe you weren’t working through nursing school the first time around, or maybe you had less on your plate back then. While going back to school may seem daunting now, the reality is that most RN to BSN students do work while they go through the program, according to Koob. It’s a juggling act and requires some time management on your end, but it’s nothing you can’t tackle with a little support.

“Taking two or three courses requires approximately 40 hours of classwork a week. So if our students have a full-time job and a family, we suggest taking it easy. This is one of the things we try and help them with. We want our student to succeed,” says Koob.

You can do it!

Here’s the bottom line: Going from RN to BSN online can make you a better nurse. In fact, one study found that hospitals with more BSN nurses have better patient outcomes!

And while it may be intimidating to go back to school, it’s nothing you can’t accomplish. Push yourself to build your strengths and professional development to become the best possible nurse you can be – with a BSN!

So are you ready to step up to the plate? Check out the Rasmussen College School of Nursing RN to BSN degree page to learn more about your educational options, and learn about the other advantages you can expect from advancing your career with a BSN!

Kristina Ericksen

Kristina is a Digital Writer at Collegis Education where she creates informative content on behalf of Rasmussen College. She is passionate about the power of education and enjoys connecting students to bright futures.


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