Deciding to go back to school for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) involves a lot of paperwork and decisions. To assist prospective BSN nursing students through the planning process, researchers surveyed 36 current BSN nursing students. The students’ overwhelming consensus was that selecting a school is the most important step of the planning phase.
BSN Nursing Students Identify 6 Key Factors to Consider
Time and attention need to be given to personal goals and needs, said survey responders. Overall, BSN nursing students identified 6 critical factors to consider:
- Flexibility of Scheduling BSN Nursing Classes.
- Prerequisite Courses to the BSN Nursing Program.
- Credit Transfer Policy of BSN Nursing School.
- Reputation and Accreditation of BSN Nursing School.
- Estimated Time Required to Complete the BSN Nursing Degree.
- Cost of the BSN Nursing Program.
BSN Nursing Students Share Warnings and Advice
Speak with current BSN nursing students or recent graduates from the school in consideration, advised one survey responder. Investigating the graduation rate of the BSN nursing school is another possible decision-making tool.
One warning given by current BSN nursing students was to not place too much emphasis on program cost.
“School is costly, but I don’t think you can put a price on knowledge,” stated one student.
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