RN to BSN Completion Program
As the healthcare industry moves to hire registered nurses with four-year degrees, Lakeland University's bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree is offered to licensed registered nurses who have an associate degree in nursing.
Lakeland's program features curriculum geared toward career advancement and positions nurses for supervisory and other leadership roles. Nurses with an associate degree can transfer up to 72 credits to Lakeland, and those with college-level coursework from an accredited four-year college may transfer more, cutting down on the time to finish a bachelor's degree.
By successfully completing the Lakeland BSN degree, you may be:
- Positioned for career advancement
- Entitled to a wage increase
- Eligible for more convenient work hours
- Qualified for leadership positions
- Selected to work in specialized areas like:
- intensive care units
- birthing centers
- emergency departments
- operating rooms
- public health
- school nursing
The RN to BSN completion program is offered at each of our seven centers located throughout the state of Wisconsin. Students who are ADN-level nurses can complete the BSN entirely online (48 credits) through Lakeland's flexible delivery formats (i.e. BlendEd and BlendEd Live).
Lakeland's BSN offers five areas of emphasis:
- Healthcare Business Management - for nurses who aspire to contribute to the health care business organization, desire to be an entrepreneur or wish to pursue their master's degree and focus on nursing administration, nursing leadership or business administration
- System Leadership and Management - for nurses who are innovative and seek to provoke change through engagement of leadership and management principles. Recommended for the nurse who wishes to pursue a leadership role or their master's degree and focus on nursing administration, nursing leadership or leadership and organizational development.
- Cultural and Diversity Studies - for nurses who wish to increase their cultural competence and deliberate the social context of professional nursing practice.
- Behavioral and Psychiatric Health - for nurses who wish to increase their skills in psychiatric-mental health nursing or who wishes to pursue Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Nursing (PMH-APRN).
- Student Designed - students may propose a 12 semester-hour emphasis in an area of academic interest.
The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Lakeland University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://ccneaccreditation.org/). Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.