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How to Take the RN to BSN Fast Track

Posted by Nancy M. Pedranti on Jul 21, 2015 4:10:41 PM

If you’re a registered nurse considering taking the plunge back into the waters of higher education, you may be concerned about the time investment you’ll have to make.

Although a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) is not required to have a long and rewarding career in nursing, a 2010 report by the Institute of Medicine reports that there is an industry-wide shift to increase the number of BSNs from 50 to 80 percent of all U.S. nurses by the year 2020. Further evidence of this shift is revealed in Dr. Patricia Benner's, Educating Nurses: A Call For Radical Transformation (2010), which points to research indicating hospitals with higher rates of bachelor-prepared nurses have better patient outcomes.

Since there is a push to increase the number of BSNs, and since the need for nurses will continue to rise as the Baby Boomer generation ages, many colleges and universities are offering flexible programs that allow working nursing professionals with non-traditional work schedules to finish quickly.

Below we dive into several questions prospective students may have about program timeframes.

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Topics: Health Sciences, BSN, DAPS

Nursing Scholarship Opportunities for RN's

Posted by Nancy M. Pedranti on Jun 30, 2015 5:11:00 PM

We've established that a bachelor's degree in nursing is prefered, not required. However, a BSN almost always means a higher rate of pay and greater upward mobility for nurses.

According to payscale.com, nurses with bachelor’s degrees earn on average $4,000 per year more than their counterparts with associate degrees. While that may not be an astronomical amount, nurses find that in addition to the salary boost, the BSN provides career opportunities that would not be accessible with only an associate level degree. 

Unfortunately, for many nurses, the cost of returning to school can be prohibitive.

Fortunately, there are several tuition assistance programs available for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students.

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Topics: Health Sciences, BSN, DAPS

Bachelor’s Degree for Nurses Preferred, Not Required

Posted by Nancy M. Pedranti on Jun 8, 2015 4:46:00 PM

Since 2010 rumors that professional nurses will be required to have a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) to practice have swirled in the Boston medical community, giving pause to potential candidates for associate degrees in nursing.

This rumor, which likely springs from a report released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2010, is false.

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Topics: Health Sciences, BSN, DAPS

Fisher College DAPS

Division of Accelerated & Professional Studies

Fisher College first opened its doors in 1903 in the predominantly working-class city of Somerville, Massachusetts, just two miles north of Boston. The school was founded on the belief that the immigrants of that city should have an opportunity to advance beyond unskilled labor jobs.

The Division of Accelerated and Professional Studies was established in 1975 to serve the adult population of Eastern Massachusetts, with branch locations in:

  • Boston
  • Brockton
  • North Attleborough
  • New Bedford

The Fisher Online division began in 1998, and currently serves students from all over the United States and around the world.

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