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Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Getting your Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is one of the best ways to pursue the specialized nursing career you're passionate about.  A registered nurse with a BSN has all the nursing opportunities in the world open to him or her, whether that means starting your career right there, or using your BSN as a jumping off point for further education or specialization or both.

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Work Environment

Getting your Bachelor's of Science in Nursing will allow you to work in hospitals, clinics, doctor's offices and more.  Most people who pursue this degree use it to become a Registered Nurse (RN), and practice generalized nursing on a team supporting one or more physicians.  You could also use your BSN to go on to become an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, and specialize in fields like Midwifery or being a Nurse Practitioner.  

Qualifications, Training and Education

All Bachelor's of Science in Nursing programs will require you to have a high school diploma or equivalent.  You'll also benefit from any biology or chemistry classes you've taken.  Most of these programs are designed to start your education straight out of high school, so no previous college classes are necessary.  However, your program may have certain pre-requisites you must take either before begining or as part of your degree program.

Licensure & Certification

After completing your courses and receiving your BSN degree, you'll still need to get your license to practice nursing.  You will need to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become licensed and begin your career as an RN.  If you are more interested in being a Licensed Practical Nurse, or a more specified nurse, a different license, additional education and certifications, or both, may be necessary.

Job Outlook

Most people who pursue an BSN degree become registered nurses.  Registered Nurses, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, have an average annual salary of $62,450 .  Those with more education or certification will stand to make more.  The top 10% were making over $92,000 annually.