Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN, BScN) also known in some countries as a Bachelor of Nursing (BN) or Bachelor of Science (BS) with a Major in Nursing is an academic degree in the science and principles of nursing, granted by an accredited tertiary education provider. The course of study is typically three or four years. The difference in degree designation may relate to the amount of basic science courses required as part of the degree, with BScN and BSN degree curriculums requiring completion of more courses on math and natural sciences that are more typical ofl BSc degrees (e.g. calculus, physics, chemistry, biology) and BN curriculums more focused on Nursing theory, nursing process, and teaching versions of general science topics that are adapted to be more specific and relevant to nursing practice. While in nursing school you have to take courses in social and behavioral sciences and liberal arts such as Nutrition, anatomy, chemistry, math, English etc. In addition to those courses there is also a need in having physical and social sciences, communication, leadership, and critical thinking for a Bachelor's degree. [1] To obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing you will have to go through schooling for about 3-4 years. With a BSN you can work in private medical and surgical hospital, physicians' office, public medical and surgical hospitals, home health care services and nursing facilities. Having a BSN can open more opportunities and better salary then just having an associates degree. [2]

The bachelor's degree prepares nurses for a wide variety of professional roles and graduate study. Course work includes nursing science, research, leadership, and related sciences that inform the practice of nursing. It also provides the student with general education in math, humanities and social sciences. An undergraduate degree affords opportunities for greater career advancement and higher salary options. It is often a prerequisite for teaching, administrative, consulting and research roles.[3]

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing is not currently required for entry into professional nursing in all countries. In the US there has been an effort for it to become the entry level degree since 1964, when the American Nurses Association (ANA) advanced the position that the minimum preparation for beginning professional nursing practice should be baccalaureate degree education in nursing.[4] The Institute of Medicine (IOM) affirmed in 2010 that nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.[5]


The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)[6] and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)[7] are the accreditation bodies for Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs in the United States. Both Commissions are officially recognized as national accreditation agencies that ensure quality standards for undergraduate to graduate nursing programs by the United States Secretary of Education.[7][6]

Accelerated BSN programs[edit]

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs allow those who already have a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field to obtain their nursing degree at an accelerated rate, which is why they are also commonly referred to as "Second Degree Nursing Programs". These programs usually have strict prerequisites because the program coursework focuses solely on nursing. Accelerated BSN programs are typically anywhere from 12–20 months.

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  1. ^ "How to Become a Registered Nurse". United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved 3 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "Earning Your Bachelor's Degree in Nursing Can Expand Your Career Options". Earning Your Bachelor's Degree in Nursing Can Expand Your Career Options. All Nursing Schools. Retrieved 3 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "How to Become a Registered Nurse". Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
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  6. ^ a b "Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education". American Association of Colleges of Nursing. 
  7. ^ a b "Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)". Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Retrieved 16 July 2014.