Bachel of Science in Nursing (BSN) Overview


A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a status for Registered Nurses (RN) indicating that a Degree has been earned in the field. The BSN Degree enables the RN to earn higher wages and partake of greater career opportunities for professional nursing, because it denotes that a prestigious baccalaurean education has been received by the nurse, as opposed to simple on-the-job training or training certificate.


A report by the Institute of Medicine titled The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, suggests that at least 80 percent of professional nurses should hold a bachelor’s degree or higher by 2020 in order to ensure the nation has access to adequate patient care. The BSN Degree is also a highly recommended by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action and the Academic Progression in Nursing, as many employers are now showing preference to nursing professionals holding the BSN credential in addition to the RN licensure.

“Despite concerns about new college graduates finding employment in today’s tight job market, graduates of baccalaureate nursing programs are finding positions at a significantly higher rate than the national average”.


-Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, past president of AACN and dean and professor of the UM School of Nursing

“As more practice settings move to require higher levels of education for their registered nurses, we expect the demand for BSN-prepared nurses to remain strong as nurse employers seek to raise quality standards and meet consumer expectations for safe patient care”.


-Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, past president of AACN and dean and professor of the UM School of Nursing

Post-BSN Nursing Video Overview

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BSN Salary & Professional Opportunity Potential

The top ten percent of RN-BSNs are reported to earn upward of $94K*, with countless advanced practice and specialty designations that garner more wages and more opportunities.

*According to statistic taken from U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, and top job board sites (Indeed, CareerBuilder, SimplyHired, Monster); however, aforementioned wages not typical for undergraduate level nurses, but are more common for post-BSN (graduate level) nurses.