Even with the best intentions heading into college, some students major in biology only to later change their mind about going to medical school. If you find yourself in this situation, we have a perfect option for you – turn your bachelor’s in biology to nursing through our Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program in metro Detroit.
Our innovative, accelerated nursing program in metro Detroit incorporates online learning, onsite labs, and in-hospital clinical rotations so you can turn your bachelor’s in biology to nursing in as few as 16 months. Want to learn more? Here are the top four reasons students with biology degrees are choosing to pursue a future in nursing.
1. You can start sooner
Compared to most prospective Accelerated BSN students, your bachelor’s degree in biology can give you a competitive edge when getting started. This is because the courses you’ve already taken may satisfy many, of the ABSN prerequisites. You’ll want to speak with an admission representative to ensure your past college credits are transferable.
Our program offers three start dates each year (January, May, and August), so there is no need to feel rushed during the admission process. Your assigned representative will work hard to ensure that you are placed in the program ASAP. Regardless of the time it takes you to enroll in the program, after earning your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, you will be sought after by employers for years to come.
BSN nurses are wanted
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the healthcare industry is expected to drive our nation’s employment growth through 2026 by adding close to 4 million new jobs, accounting for about a third of total job growth. These jobs will replace retiring nurses and offer new nurses the opportunity to address the ever-evolving demands of healthcare.
As patient needs continue to become more complex, health-care employers are looking to hire more BSN nurses. Thanks to an initiative called the 80/20 by 2020, hospitals will be required to have 80% of their staff BSN-prepared by the year 2020.
2. You will have the opportunity to connect with patients, right away
Most students with biology majors decide not to pursue medical school because they want to engage in direct patient care. The good news is, through our Accelerated BSN program, you have the opportunity to connect with patients within the first semester of the program in clinical rotations. During your clinical rotations in diverse areas of nursing practice, you’ll connect the dots and see how biology plays a major role in direct patient care.
As a nursing student, you will use biology to:
- Identify genetic factors that may affect patients.
- Compare/contrast treatment options based on body composition and family history.
As soon as you complete our Accelerated BSN program, you’ll not only be prepared to sit for the NCLEX-RN® exam but you’ll enter the workforce as a confident, practice-ready registered nurse. Additionally, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, you’ll have diverse career opportunities both in the hospital and beyond the bedside.
3. Your career opportunities are vast
The clinical skills and experience you take away from our Accelerated BSN program will equip you with a broader scope of practice. This will provide you the versatility to change and adapt your nursing career as you go. The question is, once you achieve your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, who will take notice? Better yet, where exactly will you be needed?
According to the American Association of Colleges of Nurses (AACN), nurse leaders from magnet hospitals, federal agencies, leading nursing organizations, healthcare foundations, and minority nurse advocacy groups all recognize the unique value that baccalaureate-prepared nurses bring to the practice setting.
Through our ABSN program, you will receive an education steeped in leadership, critical thinking, healthcare policy, advocacy, and communication. Having this wealth of knowledge under your belt can open up doors to promotions, more responsibility, specialization, and greater job satisfaction.
Given the nation’s nursing shortage, there are more are more registered nurse openings at healthcare facilities across the country, specifically in Michigan. Michigan is among ten states projected to represent half of the nursing job growth by 2022 (Strategic Programs, Inc. 2016).
4. You’ll improve as a nurse
Nurse leaders are taking a stand and advocating for a rise in the number of BSN nurses in all clinical settings, as patient care becomes more complex. This is because they believe that education improves the quality of patient outcomes.
According to a study conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, having a higher proportion of BSN-prepared nurses on staff links to better outcomes with dealing and treating:
- Hospital-acquired infections
- Postoperative deep vein thrombosis
- Incidence of pressure ulcers
- Post-surgical mortality
These findings are not going unnoticed. In fact, they have encouraged more than three-quarters of employers to hire BSN-prepared nurses and almost half of hospitals and other healthcare settings in the United States are doing the same.
Achieving a baccalaureate degree in nursing will benefit you both professionally and personally. It will grant you the confidence needed to overcome difficult situations and remind you that you have what it takes to perform complex tasks at hand.
Your certainty will show in the patient care you give, in the way you carry yourself, your awareness, and how you collaborate with others – qualities that are needed to become a great nurse.
Turn Your Bachelor’s in Biology to Nursing Today!
Your biology degree has already provided you with a fundamental base for your nursing curriculum, so what are you waiting for? Through Madonna University’s Accelerated BSN program, you have the opportunity to earn your BSN in as few as 16 months.
If you’re ready to put your hard-earned biology degree to new use, get started by contacting an admission representative today.