The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program provides the graduate with a four-year college degree and eligibility to apply for the NCLEX-RN to become a Registered Nurse (RN). BSN graduates typically complete four years of full-time college coursework, although part-time study options may also be available.
There is a growing trend toward BSN-prepared nurses. The Institute of Medicine is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside the government to provide authoritative advice to decision makers and the public. A 2010 Institute of Medicine report called for a nurse workforce that that is 80 percent BSN-prepared by 2020. At the time of the report, only 50 percent of the U.S. nurse workforce held a BSN. This report and many ongoing studies continue to encourage the enrollment of prospective nurses in BSN programs.
There are two primary paths for securing a BSN degree. One path is the pre-licensure program where graduates earn this credential as their initial nursing degree. The second path is a post-licensure program (RN-BSN) where graduates of entry-level nursing programs continue their formal education while being licensed as RNs. Hesston College also offers an RN-BSN program.
The Hesston College BSN program educates students as baccalaureate nurse generalists, prepared to care for individuals, families, communities and populations across the lifespan at any point on the wellness-illness continuum and across the continuum of healthcare environments. Students enroll in nurse course work totaling 61 credit hours, taught over four semesters. In addition, elective opportunities are available for students to experience cross-cultural nursing settings in such countries as India and Russia. The BSN program provides graduates with an excellent foundation for continued education and growth within the nursing profession.
- Direct admission to upper level nursing courses
- Admission to prenursing program (liberal education/support courses)
In order to be admitted to the college for the nursing program, an applicant must be a high school graduate or have passed the GED examination. The first steps in the admission process follow. All information must be submitted to the Hesston College Admissions Office.
- Complete and submit the Hesston College Application for Admission.
- Complete and submit the Hesston College Nursing program application.
- Provide two references. If employed in health care, one reference must be from current employer. References may also come from other employers, supervisors, teachers, coaches, pastors, etc. References from personal friends or relatives are not accepted. Forms are available online or from the Admissions Office.
- Submit official high school transcripts or GED scores.
- Submit official ACT, SAT or ASSET test scores.
- Submit official transcripts from all colleges, universities and other schools attended.
Advantages of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
- While the entry level degree to registered nurse practice is currently the associate degree (ADN), graduates who hold the BSN may experience advantages when seeking nursing employment, as a growing number of healthcare employers are expressing a preference for hiring BSN graduates. This is especially true in large metropolitan areas where the job market is typically more competitive.
- Completing a BSN can be beneficial for nurses who aspire to become nurse educators or nurse practitioners, as a bachelor’s degree is often a prerequisite for graduate study in these areas.
- In some areas of the country, healthcare employers offer a pay differential for nurses prepared with a BSN
- Holding a BSN degree may lead to a greater variety of employment options. The BSN curriculum provides students with knowledge and experience in leadership and community health, offering additional employment opportunities within the healthcare setting and the community (i.e., community health, industrial nursing, school nursing, etc.).
Job Outlook and Employment Opportunities
Hesston College BSN graduates have a wide range of position opportunities open to them immediately upon graduation and licensure. Alumni typically are employed as staff nurses, charge nurses or nurse managers in hospitals, medical centers, extended-care facilities, home health care and clinics. Graduates can enter a wide range of nursing areas including medical nursing, surgical nursing, maternity care, pediatrics, mental health care, operative nursing, urgent care, home health/hospice care, out-patient care centers, long-term care, community health, industrial nursing and school nursing.
The current and projected job market for RNs across the United States is very strong, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 edition. Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventative care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby boomer population, as they live longer and more active lives. Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.
The median annual wage for registered nurses was $68,450 ($32.91 per hour) in May 2016. Many employers offer flexible work schedules, child care, educational benefits, and bonuses (Bureau of Labor Statistics).