The Benefits of Obtaining a BSN Degree Online

April 30, 2013 at 8:36 pm
Online degrees offer flexibility and convenience

Online degrees offer flexibility and convenience

There are plenty of benefits to furthering your nursing education. First and foremost, you will improve the quality of care for your patients, which is ultimately the main goal.

Nurses are busy people: in addition to family responsibilities and working long shifts, nurses balance social lives, personal commitments, and just life in general. There seems like there is never enough time for all of it. So how is one supposed to add “earning an additional college degree” on top of their existing (and seemingly never-ending) to-do list? For most, the time constraints make it impossible. However, online degree programs are changing that. Online RN to BSN programs offer many benefits over a traditional brick and mortar colleges. The benefits that stand out most are: maintaining your lifestyle, receiving superior instruction quality, and saving time and money.

Lifestyle – You are already an RN. You have a job. A hard one. But you have a life outside of nursing. Attending night and weekend classes after work would completely wipe out any free time you once had outside of work. This to me seems like the greatest advantage of an online RN to BSN program. You take classes from home (or library, or coffee shop, or the beach if you get wifi, or wherever you fancy). And you take them on your time. This allows you to maintain the lifestyle you are used to, while still making headway on your degree.

Instruction Quality – There is a misconception that online college courses just can’t offer the same level of instruction as traditional college courses. This is simply not true. Online schools and brick and mortar schools accredited by the same organizations are being held to the same standards. One of those standards is instruction quality. The quality of education of any vocational school, online or in-person, hinges in part on the quality of instructors. Nursing Instructors at Unitek College bring their students years of extensive nursing experience, and a  passion to share their knowledge and expertise with the next generation of nurses. Unitek College’s Fremont Main Campus and Sacramento Branch Campus are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), it’s San Jose Satellite Campus is recognized by the ACCSC as a satellite campus of the Fremont Main Campus.

Time – I’m not talking about the hours of time you save by not sitting in class, as I was in the first section. I am talking about the time it takes you to complete an RN to BSN degree from start to finish. Online courses are often much faster than traditional nursing courses. You are learning at your own speed, but the courses are accelerated and engaging, so you can get through them quickly and get on with the next step in your career. Some online BSN programs can be completed in as little as 20 months. BSN programs at traditional schools take 4 years to complete. Even RN to BSN programs tailored for post-grad working nurses can take years, as classes are only offered at night and are arranged around work schedules.

MoneyOnline RN to BSN programs are unbelievably cheaper than traditional RN to BSN programs. This is because they are taught online.  No buildings or expensive labs to maintain – yet the same caliber education – results in a much less expensive diploma.

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