4 Steps to Go from Biology Degree to BSN

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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 — make the switch from 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 four steps to leverage your biology degree to BSN.

To get the most out of your biology degree, you’ll need to find a program that can be tailored to degree holders. You’ll need a program that accepts the credits you’ve already earned and applies them to your nursing school requirements. Since you’ve already put a lot of time into earning your biology degree, chances are you’ll also be seeking out a program that isn’t going to take another four years to complete.

The Madonna ABSN program checks all those boxes — and more. Our ABSN program helps you get started on your nursing coursework faster and can be completed in as few as 16 months.

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 can 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.

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Additionally, our program offers three start dates each year (January, May, and August), so there is no need to feel rushed during the admissions process.

Your assigned representative will guide you through the admissions process every step of the way. They’ll work hard to ensure that once you meet the admissions requirements you are placed in the program ASAP. Your representative will make sure our program is a good fit for you, and help you map out your goals for your nursing career. Regardless of the time it takes you to enroll in the program, after earning your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, you are likely to be sought after by employers for years to come.

You representative will help to ensure you are meeting application deadlines, help you gather all the needed materials, and ensure that your previous degree credits are put to good use.

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. As we mentioned, your admissions representative will help you identify if your past college credits are transferable. Most students who have a background in biology are eligible to bypass the science-based prerequisites such as microbiology and anatomy and physiology, as these areas were likely already covered in your educational background.

Once you’ve spoken with your admissions representative, they’ll direct you to fill out an application. You can complete the ABSN program application online and submit:

  • All official transcripts from the college or university you previously attended.
  • A letter of intent to the College of Nursing & Health.
  • Completion of Madonna Writing Assessment.

From there, you’ll await an admissions decision and choose your target start date. Now that you know how to switch from biology to nursing degree, let’s talk about why a biology degree is so beneficial for someone who is looking to switch to nursing.

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 Madonna’s 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.

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 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.

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.

You can be a part of that improvement, and your biology degree puts you in a unique position to do so.

ABSN student standing by whiteboard

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 can 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 admissions representative today.