School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Benefits of a BSN

Could a Bachelor of Science in Nursing be the right option for you? You already have the solid educational foundation and training you received while pursuing your LPN or associate degree in nursing (ADN) that the benefits of continuing your education to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree may be worth considering to advance in your career.

Increase Your Salary

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, licensed practical nurses (LPNs) without a formal degree earn a median salary of $44,090; whereas registered nurses who hold a bachelor degree earn a median salary of $68,450 per year or $32.91 per hour! That's an increase of over $24,000!

Become More Competitive in the Industry

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) reports that the Institute of Medicine (IOM) is pushing to have 80% of RNs with a BSN degree by 2020. More than 95% of employers of hospitals and other health care settings prefer BSN graduates for positions. And based on trends from 2004-2013, there has been a 30% increase of RNs with a BSN degree. Encouraging nurses to obtain their BSN has become a national priority!

Open New Career Opportunities

Some of the highest paying nursing career options, like family nurse practitioner, physician assistant and certified registered nurse anesthetist, require a BSN degree before working toward that specialization.

Learn More!

If you're interested in pursuing a career of dedicated service, consider the School of Nursing's undergraduate programs or the RN to BSN option. For more information, please contact the Office of Admission at 773-298-3050 or