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Consider a ‘Bridge’ Program as an Online Nursing Student

Some programs allow registered nurses to earn a master’s degree in nursing without holding a bachelor’s in the discipline.

Stacey-Ann Hamilton, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, has an associate degree in nursing, along with a bachelor’s in business and professional studies. She works in geriatrics, but eventually wants to get a master’s to advance her career.

So she enrolled in the online RN-to-Master of Science in Nursing bridge program at Excelsior College to earn the higher-level degree without having to separately pursue a bachelor’s in nursing, which experts say is typically needed for graduate-level study in the field. The “bridge” portion of the program covers the important material she would have learned had she received that degree.

“It sets me on a path where I wouldn’t quit on myself,” the 42-year-old says.

For students looking to quickly advance their nursing education, an online “bridge” program might be a good option. In an RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing online program, for instance, students can earn a bachelor’s without having to relearn what they already know as a registered nurse – it’s similar to any student transferring credits from a community college to a four-year university.

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