Athens State’s RN to BSN Program: Quality Online Education for Working Nurses

Starting the journey to further your education as a working nurse can be a daunting but rewarding experience. Athens State University’s RN to BSN program is designed to make the journey back to school simple and seamless, offering a unique opportunity for adult learners to advance their careers while maintaining a balance with their professional and personal lives. Tailored to the needs of working nurses, here’s how our program can help you take the first step toward earning your BSN and set the stage for career advancement.

Benefits of Earning Your BSN

Before diving into the specifics of our RN to BSN program, it’s important to recognize why a BSN degree could be beneficial for your career. Here are some of the advantages that earning a BSN can give you:

  • A Competitive Edge: The demand for BSN-prepared nurses is on the rise, and many healthcare institutions are more likely to hire RNs with a BSN degree.
  • More Job Opportunities: A BSN degree positions you for higher-level roles and leadership positions, offering a clear pathway to career progression.
  • Enhanced Skill Set: The BSN program at Athens State goes beyond the basics, ensuring that our graduates are not just technically proficient but are also adept at navigating the complexities of modern healthcare.
  • Improved Pay: Studies show that RNs with a BSN tend to receive higher earnings in their lifetimes compared to those with an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN).
  • Closer to Specializing: A BSN degree lays the groundwork for pursuing advanced degrees needed for specialized roles that require a graduate degree.

A High-Quality RN to BSN Program

From flexible and affordable learning programs to supportive environments and strategic learning partnerships, our BSN program provides several advantages to help you reach your academic and career goals. Here are some things you can expect when you’re enrolled in the program:

Student-Centered Learning Programs

As an upper-division university, we understand the unique challenges faced by adult learners. That’s why our BSN program is designed to put your needs first.

The flexibility of online learning allows you to customize your study schedule, making education accessible even with a busy work and personal life. We also offer a fast-track option for those eager to accelerate their education.

Accredited University

Rest assured, your investment in education is backed by accreditation. Athens State holds accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission (SACSCOC) and our BSN program is also accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

With these accreditations, you can ensure that the education you receive meets the highest standards and adequately prepares you for the next step in your academic or professional journey.

Supportive Environment

Navigating the challenges of returning to school is made easier by Athens State University’s supportive environment. As an upper-division university, our focus is on providing specialized education to those already possessing an associate degree or equivalent.

We also provide resources dedicated to ensuring your success every step of the way, including our:

  • Adult Learner Services Office (ALSO): Our Adult Learner Services Office is available to make the transition back to school as seamless as possible, providing support and guidance in transferring your credits and finding the most efficient pathway to a degree based on your needs and situation.
  • Student Success Center: This is where you can access individualized degree advice, guidance, and support for general and student-related matters. Every student is also assigned a success coach, who acts as an advisor throughout your academic career at Athens State.
  • Career Development Center: Our Career Development Center helps you prepare for finding a job after graduation, with services to help you plan your career and master job-seeking and interview strategies.

Learning Partnerships

Over the years, we’ve developed learning partnerships with prominent healthcare institutions and colleges, like Huntsville Hospital, Calhoun Community College, Drake State Community College, and Crestwood Medical Center. 

These learning partnerships are designed to enhance your learning experience and provide valuable opportunities to advance your education and grow in your career.

A Comprehensive Curriculum

Our BSN program is designed to mold well-rounded nursing professionals. It goes beyond the technical aspects to nursing and gives you the space to develop your leadership and management skills, promote patient safety, instill evidence-based practice, discuss healthcare policy, and integrate healthcare informatics as well as emerging technologies in your practice.

This holistic approach ensures that you graduate with the skills and vision to be a leader in your field.

Choosing to pursue a BSN degree is an investment in your future. As you take the first step, remember that you’re not just advancing your education; you’re unlocking a world of opportunities that will shape your career and possibly set the stage for your master’s in nursing.

Ready to take your first step? Learn more about our RN to BSN program.