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A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is the degree to choose if you want to prepare yourself for a rewarding career in nursing.
Course Length
4 Years
Expected Salary
$57k – $130k Annually
Benefits of a BSN
Varied work
Exposure to different fields and environments can help you find out what you love to do.
Earning potential
Advanced qualifications and more expertise bring a bigger salary.
University lecturer, head of a laboratory and other managerial positions. They’re all within reach.
Chance to grow
Your knowledge and experience will set you up to take on more advanced roles.

What you’ll learn

Your studies will include the following classes, exams and practical training.

Core classes

Anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology, and liberal arts are some of the courses you’ll take.

Hands-on experience

As part of your curriculum you’ll work in a lab and practice in a clinic, or other healthcare facility.

Take the 
This is a standardized exam that the Board of Nursing in every state requires graduates to take and pass to become a licensed Registered Nurse. It’s designed to make sure you’re ready to start working as a nurse.
What you’ll do
Nurses with a BSN are in demand. You’ll have a choice of where you want to work and what you’d like to specialize in when you enter the field.

Patient care

You’ll work under the supervision of doctors and other Registered Nurses administering medication and injections, and taking care of patients and their families.


With a BSN, it’s likely you’ll be prepped for a leadership role 
and gradually take on more responsibilities, such as developing treatment plans, educating patients and supervising other nurses.

Where you’ll work
  • Hospitals
  • Doctor's offices
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Clinics
  • Nursing homes
Did you know
There are 37% more jobs available to nurses with a BSN.­*
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How to get ahead

One of the best parts of being a nurse is you never have to stop learning. There are a variety of ways to advance in your career after your degree.

  • Continue your education
    Most healthcare facilities offer continuing education courses that will help you stay up to date and sharpen your skills.
  • Get a MSN
    A master’s is the way to go if you want to find out what you love to do and make it your specialty.
  • Get a PhD
    A doctoral degree is the highest qualification a nurse can get. You’ll be able to get into new fields such as education and research.
Take the next step on your nursing journey.
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