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If you have questions about changing your career to nursing, you’re not alone. Learn the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about pursuing a nursing career—and don't hesitate to connect with our enrollment team to hear more about post-baccalaureate nursing at Bethel. 

What is an accelerated nursing program?

Accelerated nursing programs (also known as post-baccalaureate nursing programs) are designed for students who’ve already earned their bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field. Through Bethel’s accelerated post-baccalaureate nursing program, you can earn a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) in as few as 15-20 months.

What is a baccalaureate degree in nursing?

A baccalaureate degree (also known as a bachelor’s degree) in nursing is a four-year degree that signifies you’ve been equipped with all the skills and competencies you need to offer excellent patient care. Bethel University’s accelerated post-baccalaureate nursing program was created for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field. Upon graduation from the program, you’ll have earned a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN).

Is ABSN the same as BSN?

An accelerated BSN (ABSN) program is different from a traditional BSN program because it allows you to build on your previously earned bachelor’s degree, rather than starting from square one. If you’ve already earned a bachelor’s degree in a different field and are looking to change careers to nursing, an accelerated BSN—like Bethel’s post-baccalaureate nursing program—may be the best option for you.

How fast can you become a nurse?

Through Bethel University’s post-bacc nursing program, you can earn your bachelor’s degree in nursing in as few as 15 months. By choosing Bethel’s accelerated nursing program, you’ll be able to earn a four-year BSN degree in a similar amount of time as it would take you to earn a two-year RN degree.

Is a four-year nursing degree worth it?

Yes, and we’ll explain why—but first, it’s important to clarify that through Bethel’s post-baccalaureate nursing program, students who already hold a bachelor’s degree can earn their BSN (which traditionally takes four years) in less than two years. Earning your BSN degree, instead of a two-year associate degree, will provide you with a variety of benefits that aren’t always available to nurses with only their LPN or RN certifications. Employers often prefer to hire nurses with their BSN, and nurses with their BSN typically have higher earning potential, more career advancement opportunities, and ultimately a more comprehensive education, which results in better patient care.

How do I change my career to nursing?

Connect with an enrollment counselor regarding any questions you have about Bethel’s post-baccalaureate nursing program. They can walk you through the requirements, any prerequisites, and the application process. 1. Apply to Bethel’s post-baccalaureate nursing program to earn your BSN. 2. Complete your BSN over the span of 15-20 months. The program will include coursework, labs, and clinicals. 3. After graduation, take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). The NCLEX determines your readiness to practice as a nurse. 4. After passing the NCLEX, you’ll apply for your nursing license in the state you intend to practice nursing. Upon meeting the requirements, you’ll be licensed and prepared to pursue a career as a professional nurse.

Why is getting a BSN important?

Earning your BSN will prepare you to offer more comprehensive patient care. In addition to practical nursing competencies, you’ll develop critical thinking skills and leadership skills. You’ll also have more career options, increased job security, and higher income potential than if you opt for a two-year associate’s degree.

Why should I choose nursing as a second career?

There are many reasons to pursue a career in nursing. It’s a rewarding profession, nurses are in very high demand, and nursing provides a kind of flexibility that other jobs don’t.