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What Makes an Online RN to BSN Program One of the Best?

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree can open doors of opportunity to a registered nurse. If you are ready to step up your career, the best RN to BSN programs can help you get there.

According to the Department of Labor, American healthcare facilities will need around 527,000 new nurses by 2020. Because facilities that employ mostly baccalaureate nurses have lower mortality rates and better patient outcomes, the Institute of Medicine recommends hospitals increase their hiring of BSN nurses to 80 percent.

What makes a good online RN to BSN program?

Many colleges and universities offer online programs for registered nurses who want to earn a bachelor’s degree. What makes one program better than another? While cost and location are two important considerations, accreditation is of utmost importance.

The best RN to BSN programs stand out for a variety of reasons: national ranking, peer reputation, faculty credentials, student services, affordability and more. They are also accredited by one of two national accrediting agencies: the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

ACEN is an accrediting agency that accredits all nursing programs from associate degrees to the Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Attending a non-accredited nursing school can limit your nursing career, close future educational opportunities and even disqualify you from federal financial aid.

Centers for excellence in nursing education

The National League for Nursing recognizes some nursing programs as Centers of Excellence in Nursing Education. Currently, only 35 schools of nursing have earned this elite recognition. Earning an online RN to BSN from a school with this designation ensures you are receiving a quality education from a school committed to student enrichment.

If you want to further your nursing knowledge by earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, an online RN to BSN program at a top university can give you a quality education at an affordable price. In addition, the convenience and flexibility of an online program makes it easy to fit coursework into a busy schedule.

Learn more the Purdue Northwest online RN to BSN program.


(October 5, 2010) “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.” Institute of Medicine.

(2014) “NLN Accreditation Updates.” National League for Nursing.

(January 8, 2014) “Registered Nurses.” Occupational Outlook Handbook (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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