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The Ins and Outs of Nursing School

This article appeared in a February 2016 issue of the student newsletter. 

No matter what the industry, more skills means more opportunity, both for employment and advancement.

The same is the case with nursing. The more skills and experience a nurse has, the more doors his or her resume will open.
What does this mean for nursing students? Well, to put it simply: more college.

Many nursing students are choosing to continue their education after finishing their Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). They transfer their two-year degree to a four-year college and earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

Easy-to-transfer Classes

DCCCD makes transferring your community college credits to a four-year school easy. How? With articulation agreements.

Articulation agreements outline what course options a student should choose if transferring to a certain school. Think of it as a nice checklist of what classes will transfer. For nursing students, examples include chemistry, nursing skills, pharmacology and pathophysiology, to name a few.

Current DCCCD articulation agreements with nursing schools include:

  1. University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing
    Nursing students at Brookhaven College, El Centro College and North Lake College have access to the UT Arlington RN to BSN program. Courses are available full-time or part-time as well as online or on campus.
  2. Chamberlain College of Nursing – Online
    Upon completing their Associate Degree in Nursing and obtaining their RN license, Brookhaven students can apply to the Chamberlain College of Nursing. Classes are offered online in eight-week sessions (think quarters, not semesters). Brookhaven nursing graduates who attend the Chamberlain RN to BSN program receive reduced-tuition pricing.
  3. Texas Tech University Health Science Center – Online
    Upon completing their Associate Degree in Nursing and obtaining their RN license, Brookhaven students can apply to the Texas Tech University College of Nursing. Online degree plans are designed for completion of this RN to BSN program either full time in two semesters or part time in three semesters. The program consists of 30 credit hours.

The above articulation agreements establish a simple, seamless admission process whereby ADN students can transfer to a BSN program and count their credit hours towards a four-year degree. If you examine these above articulation agreements, you’ll see exactly which nursing courses can be taken at a DCCCD college (for a low tuition rate) and then transferred to a four-year university. They save students hassle, time and money.

Benefits of a BSN

The other week we outlined the benefits (and process) of earning your Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), passing your RN exam and becoming a registered nurse (RN).

But as you’re learning in this article, your pathway doesn’t have to end there.

Consider the benefits of transferring to a four-year nursing school to continue your studies:

  1. You can go pro.
    When a registered nurse becomes a BSN, they move from a level of technical nursing practice to a level of professional nursing practice. BSNs refine their clinical and assessment skills while also developing new strengths in leadership and management.
  2. You can advance your career.
    When there are two equally awesome nurses vying for the same promotion, the one with the BSN will stand out above their colleagues. A BSN degree offers nurses flexible options for career advancement.
  3. You can make a greater impact.
    All nurses aim to provide excellent patient care. A BSN degree allows nurses to better serve their patients by giving them a deeper understanding of the science behind the symptom.
  4. You can see the big picture.
    Moving from RN to BSN also allows nurses to develop a more comprehensive approach to patient assessment and consider the physiological, psychosocial, cultural and spiritual beliefs of an individual, family or group.
  5. You can to teach others.
    The critical shortage of nurses in Dallas County is also evident in the low number of nursing faculty. Obtaining a BSN prepares you for certain nurse educator positions at a community college.

Go Further

Want to learn more about nursing?

Visit dcccd.edu/nursing to read student success stories or explore career paths and salary ranges. You can even sign up to receive “Tell Me More” emails with practical information from industry professionals and nursing alumni.