The health care landscape is rapidly changing. As it shifts from hospital-centered, inpatient care to more community-based primary and preventive care, Registered Nurses (RNs) with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) are in high demand.

The Institute of Medicine recommends that at least 80 percent of the U.S. nursing workforce hold a BSN by the year 2020 — and many employers are working feverishly toward this goal. According to the AACN, nearly 40 percent of hospitals and other health care settings who employ nurses require a BSN for new hires, and another 77.4 percent voice a “strong preference” for BSN graduates over other credentials.

Health care organizations recognize that a BSN curriculum can better prepare nurses with a wide range of skills, including preparation in community health, patient education, and nursing management and leadership.

Nursing@Simmons’s online RN to BSN program enables RNs to gain the core competencies and clinical knowledge they need to understand today’s complex health care system. Students develop a foundation in nursing theory and broad clinical practice and complete coursework in human development, psychology, chemistry, biology, and nutritional sciences. 

BSN-prepared nurses have the ability to work in a variety of health care settings, including critical care, outpatient care, public health, mental health, private homes, outpatient centers, and neighborhood clinics. They are also qualified to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Prospective students who are interested in earning an MSN can also explore Nursing@Simmons’s RN to MSN program.

The RN to BSN program can be completed on either a part-time or full-time basis.

Download our Nursing@Simmons RN to BSN information sheet.

Request more information about the Nursing@Simmons RN to BSN program, or speak with an Admissions Counselor at 855-461-SIMM (7466).