The South Minnesota State University announced a new RN to BSN bridge program to be opened in fall 2013.
A task force had been assessing the need for nurses in the area, and has come to the conclusion that a bridge program is indeed needed in the region. The 19-county region has several 2-years RN programs which give an associate degree, but nurses who wish to advance their career have to go elsewhere in order to complete their bachelor studies.
A registered nurse who has not completed a BSN can only work in the more basic roles – typically as a floor nurse or in a clinic. When a nurse wants to go into any nursing specialties or administrative work, a bachelor degree is needed.
The studies in the bridge program at SMSU will be open to both part-time and full-time students, and part of the program will be done online, thus making it easier for working nurses to complete their studies while working.
The new program has not yet received its accreditation. SMSU will apply for accreditation to the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. This process should be straightforward, so that interested students should not be worried about this.