Can I Get My BSN Online?

You Can! Earn Your BS in Nursing Online at Excelsior University

When most people think about earning a degree online, nursing probably isn’t the first subject that comes to mind as a natural fit for an online format. However, online nursing programs have now existed for decades and have produced millions of successful, skilled nurses.

Online BS in Nursing programs aren’t for everyone, but they’re a great option for working professionals who need a bachelor’s degree to advance in their career but also need the flexibility and affordability they can only find in an online setting. If you’re curious whether an online program could be right for you, we’ll let you know more about how they work and what you can expect.

Benefits of an Online BS in Nursing

Online BS in Nursing programs are made for students who already work in the field, so flexibility is built into an online nursing program. You won’t have to disrupt your work schedule or your family schedule to make it to class.

Then there are the savings. You’ll save time by having more control over when and where you study, and you can tailor your learning environment to one that suits you best. You’ll also save money, both on the things you might typically associate with a traditional college like tuition and on-campus fees, but there are also savings that might surprise you like transportation costs and books.

How Online Learning Works

Excelsior’s BS in Nursing program includes a general education component, a nursing component, and a capstone project that includes a practical experience. The courses are asynchronous, which means you’re learning materials are available for you to interact with on your own time. You will have to log into your course to submit your assignments each week and engage in class discussions.

Online learning may take some getting used to but don’t worry, your classmates, instructors, and advisors are only click away if you need support.

How to Be Ready for an Online Program

Online programs are just as rigorous as their in-person counterparts and before you start, you’ll have to show you meet certain eligibility requirements. At Excelsior, this means providing documentation of any professional licenses and required prior education. For certain programs, you’ll have to complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) and verify that you’ve completed 200 or more hours of employment in a setting that requires direct patient care, under the supervision of someone with a health care credential who evaluates your clinical practice.

Logistically, you’ll need access to reliable internet and a computer. To make sure you’re ready to learn, figure out some quiet and comfortable places to study.

Excelsior’s Online BS in Nursing Program

If you’re ready to earn your BS in Nursing online, Excelsior University has two options depending on where you are in your career.

  • RN to BS in Nursing – This program for RNs emphasizes the integration of nursing in complex situations related to nursing care of individuals, families, aggregates, and communities. The nursing component requires outstanding critical thinking skills and nursing judgment as well as commitment to academic rigor.
  • LPN to BS in Nursing – If you’re a working LPN or LVN, this program provides the perfect pathway to advance your career and earn both your Associate in Applied Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This streamlined dual degree program helps you build on the experience you already have and prepare for greater opportunities to come your way.
  • To learn more about these, or any of Excelsior’s other nursing degree programs, visit our nursing degree page.