You’ve just finished a grueling eight-hour or 12-hour shift at the hospital. It’s the kind of day where you want to just go home to unwind and relax. But what if you’re committed to improving your career by earning a BSN degree? Working nurses can achieve this goal by completing an RN to BSN program.

If you’re taking those courses on a college campus, you may not have time to fight traffic from work to your home and then to class. You may need to grab dinner at a drive-through, circle the campus for a parking spot and then trudge to a classroom, leaving you at less than your best to absorb needed knowledge.

If you’re in an online class, though, you can log in whenever you’re ready to do so. You can get home, cook yourself dinner and even change into PJs before booting up your computer.

These scenarios highlight some basic differences that matter for nurses considering the online RN to BSN program at EMU. There are many good reasons for RNs who lack a BSN to obtain the degree, but for a working RN, an on-campus program presents additional stressors for the duration of the program. An on-campus program calls for a commitment of not only time and money but also patience, if a commute is involved.

EMU’s online program takes those stressors head on. Consider the advantages:

  • Whereas a classroom-based program typically requires a fall or spring semester start, EMU’s program offers six start dates each year. This means you can start when you’re ready.
  • Whereas a classroom-based program on a semester schedule keeps you in a course for sixteen weeks — often with an attendance requirement that can be challenging to maintain for the length of time — each class in EMU’s online program last just 7.5 weeks, allowing students to take an accelerated path to completion.
  • Whereas a classroom-based program requires you to attend class at set dates and times, EMU’s classes offer more flexibility. They’re designed to be asynchronous — as long as you keep to the assignment deadlines, you log in when it’s convenient for you.

And there’s an additional benefit to an asynchronous class besides making for a more flexible schedule. A 2015 U.S. News & World Report article comparing the two types of online classes — live vs. asynchronous — noted that students not comfortable with speaking up in class might feel more at ease with online discussions in the asynchronous format. It gives them time to mull over, compose and double-check their responses before sharing with the rest of the class.

Because EMU’s program is designed for completion in 12-24 months, focused, goal-minded students won’t be students for the more extended time that a classroom-based program might require. The EMU program is meant for nurses who hold a diploma or associate degree but seek to earn a BSN while maintaining their current jobs.

Learn more about Eastern Michigan University’s online RN to BSN program.


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