**For Immediate Release**
Online Bachelor’s Degree Available
for Nursing Students
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 02-07-06
by Rebecca Bichsel
Goodwell, OK - Oklahoma Panhandle
State University offers a unique program designed specifically
for registered nurses who want to obtain a higher degree.
As one of the only completely online Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing
programs in the country, OPSU’s BSN allows nursing
students theflexibility they need to work and complete
a degree. Nurses often find it difficult to continue working
while attending school due to conflicting work schedules.
A BSN opens doors to positions in
management, administration, and public health. Students
can also go on to nurse practitioner programs after earning
a BSN, an option many OPSU graduates choose. In addition,
most positions in higher education require a Master’s degree, and a BSN is the first
step in meeting Master’s program admission requirements.
Registered nurses with an associate’s
degree or a diploma from an accredited program can take
classes full-time or part-time via the internet. While
courses are not self-paced, instructors typically allow
one or two weeks for students to complete assignments,
a plus for those with busy schedules.
OPSU’s BSN program admits students
from all over the country. This semester, OPSU has enrolled
students from Florida, Vermont, California, Wyoming,
Nevada, South Texas, Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma and
Texas Panhandles in the program. In the past, students
on active duty in the military have taken BSN courses,
an impossible feat without online courses. Although separated
geographically, students interact not only with the professor
in the online courses, but they also have the opportunity
to talk with each other through threaded discussions.
By sharing their own professional experiences in these
discussions, students gain a tremendous amount of practical
knowledge from each other.
Students have up to five years to
complete the BSN after acceptance into the program, but
they can complete it in as little as two years depending
on the number of general education credits already earned
and the number of credit hours enrolled in each semester.
Since students must have an associate’s degree
or a diploma, often they have already completed all or
most of the general education requirements. Of the 129
credit hours required to graduate, 40 are nursing courses,
some of which are clinical in nature. Students complete
clinical hours in the form of projects in their communities,
which they arrange on their own around their schedules.
In addition, sometimes students may use previous work
experiences for credit in clinical projects.
A pioneer in online nursing programs, the OPSU BSN program
remains one of the only nursing degree programs that students
can complete entirely online. In 2004, it received an eight-year
accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accreditation
Commission (NLNAC), which will give it accreditation through
The OPSU BSN program continues to grow. Four years ago
two students graduated from the program, and 11 graduated
in 2005. The program had about 44 students enrolled in
BSN courses in the Fall 2005 semester.
Admission requirements include a
completed OPSU application and a BSN application, official
transcripts or test scores from all colleges, universities,
and/or nursing schools attended, and a 2.0 GPA in previous
course work. Candidates must have an associate’s
degree or diploma in nursing. Students can take general
education requirements concurrently with nursing courses.
OPSU admits BSN students in the fall, spring and summer
For more information about OPSU’s
BSN program, call 580-349-1520 or toll-free at 1-800-664-OPSU
or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Information can also be found
www.opsu.edu under the University Schools link.