Converting Your ASN to a BSN

November 14, 2012 in Nursing Programs

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There are many ways to go about becoming a registered nurse.  It is a matter of preference and time commitments.

One degree program that is popular is going through and receiving an Associate of Science in Nursing degree.  This type of program is offered at various accredited community colleges.  Students enroll in both general education classes and in professional nursing classes simultaneously.  Before actually selecting nursing as a major, though, students must finish certain prerequisites and take an entrance exam.  If a student wishes to continue in their studies and convert that Associate’s degree into a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, then they can enroll in a bachelor’s degree program.  Converting that ASN to a BSN is a matter of completing additional coursework and passing the state examinations.

In today’s nursing job market, many healthcare facilities are now looking for registered nurses who have that bachelor’s degree.  It would only benefit those nurses who wish to continue and receive that bachelor’s degree.  There are jobs available to those with an Associate’s degree, but with the competiveness out there it would behoove all to continue on.

The How To of BSN

The first thing towards that BSN is to pass the National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Exam for Registered Nursing Program or another state required pre-enrollment exam.  You must also have completed all prerequisites and fulfilled any general education requirements.  Courses in chemistry, biology, political science and college-level mathematics must be passed with a grade of C or better.

Within your first year, you must also complete additional courses in the fundamental principles of nursing and nursing theory.  And by that second year you should take elective courses in obstetrics and pediatric nursing.

Before you move on to your second year of course work, you must pass university and departmental tests.  Along with registering and completing any advanced placement testing and classwork.

As you complete all ASN degree requirements, you should sit for the RN licensing exam.  Make sure you register and pay all examination fees to take the NCLEX.  Once passing this you may apply for a job as an RN (or PN) with a clinic, hospital or long-term care facility.  You should have at least two years’ experience before submitting an application to a BSN program.

When you enroll in a BSN program, be sure to visit the on-campus advising office and complete a credit transfer form.  Transfer all ASN credits you can to the BSN program.  As you start your new program, complete all additional upper division coursework in the nursing major.  When the time comes, file for graduation to obtain your BSN.

Truly, consider all your choices and make the one that fits with your life.

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