If you’ve made the decision to pursue your passion for nursing, you’ve already taken an important first step. After all, simply knowing what you want out of your career is so important.
But what’s next? To create the future you’ve always wanted, you need a plan that fits in with your life and expectations. To help, we’ll take a closer look at our no-prerequisite nursing program and other degree options.
Your Path to a Nursing Career
Once you’ve decided nursing is right for you, you’ll need to choose a program and a college. One question we hear a lot is whether to pursue an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). For many reasons (outlined in this blog), it makes sense to complete your BSN. That’s what today’s employers are looking for, and it’s become the standard across numerous hospital systems. At Nebraska Methodist College, we offer several programs that help you do that.
Our traditional BSN program can be finished in four years. A lot of people wonder whether there are prerequisites for nursing; with our program, there aren’t. Some colleges require you to take your non-nursing classes elsewhere before you’re admitted to their two-year program, but that’s not the case here.
People can transfer in classes they’ve already completed, of course, but all you really need to apply to Nebraska Methodist College is a high school transcript or GED verification. All the classes you need to complete the BSN degree are offered right here.
When you start and finish at a four-year college that doesn’t require prerequisites for nursing, you’ll benefit from:
- Consistency and flow in the curriculum as classes build on one another
- The convenience of taking all your classes in one place without switching
- Confidence in your path because you can see the four-year plan
- Getting to know your classmates and professors over four years, forming lasting bonds with those persons.
Other BSN Options
If you already have a degree or nursing accreditation, there are a few different ways to complete your BSN:
- Accelerated BSN: This 15-month program is designed for those who already have a non-nursing bachelor or associate degree and meet the admission requirements.
- LPN to BSN: We describe this as a bridge program for anyone who already has an LPN but wants to advance their career with a BSN. It can be completed in four years.
- RN to BSN: If you’re already an RN, you can earn your BSN in as little as 18 months.
A BSN is a great building block for your career or, if you’re just starting to pursue nursing, a smart first step.
Wondering about how to transfer credits in from another college? Be sure to download our free Transferring Credits Checklist: