Exploring the Advantages of the RN to BSN Online Degree Completion Option

By Rachel Leshinsky

Priscilla Schnur is a proud graduate of IU School of Nursing’s RN to BSN online degree completion option. The program is designed for working nurses who have earned a two-year associate degree or diploma in nursing and are looking to be prepared to meet the future challenges of health care by completing a bachelor’s degree.

She recognized her desire to become a nurse at a very young age and the need to help others has always driven her educational and career choices. After gaining some experience in the field, Priscilla decided to return to school and receive her BSN in order to one day become a nurse practitioner. She also knew that it was imperative to develop her leadership skills while earning her undergraduate degree so she could be an effective manager.

After studying part-time for 14 months, Priscilla completed the program and graduated in 2016. She currently works as a psychiatric/mental health nurse for in-patient, acute care units and is pursuing her master’s degree at IUSON to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. With only three classes left, she plans to graduate in May 2019.

Below, Priscilla reflects on her time in the RN to BSN program, what she feels makes the program so unique and the benefits of a nursing career:

  1. What appealed to you about the RN to BSN program at IUSON?
    My husband received his undergraduate degrees from IU Bloomington, so he was quick to suggest exploring the RN to BSN program. I was also very impressed with the reputation that the IUSON held as a top-ranked program and that the tuition rates were so affordable.

    After speaking with an admissions advisor, I had no doubts that I had found the right program for me. The advisor was very informative and provided information regarding prerequisite courses and full-time and part-time options. She was extremely helpful with the application process and transcript requests which made this a "pain free" experience. The ability to complete the entire program online and to move through the program at a pace that fit my busy lifestyle was critical. It met all of these requirements and more.

  2. What qualities do you like most about the RN to BSN program?
    The affordable rate, the ability to complete the program online and choose how many hours I wanted to complete per semester with excellent support staff was essential; IUSON definitely delivered. Other programs that I explored didn't offer such flexible scheduling and provided little support with much higher tuition rates.

  3. Would you recommend this program to someone else and why?
    I would recommend IUSON, without any hesitation, to anyone wanting to continue their nursing education or to any student wanting to pursue nursing as a career. The professors are extremely knowledgeable and readily available even within the online setting. The education I received at the IUSON is invaluable. The experience has improved my ability to practice as a nurse by enhancing my leadership and research skills.

  4. What is the most rewarding aspect of nursing for you?
    I have the ability to help save a life on a daily basis. It sounds "cliche" but I believe it to be true, especially within the mental health field. Despite the specialty a nurse practices in, the impact a nurse can have on a patient and their family can be life-changing. It's a wonderful and very powerful experience to care for another person in need.