SMSU’s RN to BSN Nursing Program ranked No. 4 in state

The Southwest Minnesota State University RN to BSN Nursing Program has been ranked No. 4 in the state of Minnesota by RegisteredNursing.org., a nursing advocacy organization.

Nursing programs were assessed on several factors, including whether the program is accredited, if it offers the degree online, annual tuition and fees adjusted for each county's cost of living, ratio of instructional faculty that are tenured and graduate rate. In Minnesota, 44 programs were analyzed, and 20 were ranked.

Registered nurses (RNs) looking to becoming leaders in the healthcare workforce are increasingly going back to school to earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. This advanced degree can lead to promotions, specialized nursing careers and a higher salary.

“Rural hospitals are encouraging nurses with an RN degree to pursue the BSN,” said SMSU Professor and Director of Nursing Laurie Johansen.

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