Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Hays, Kansas 67601
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RN to BSN Programs
RN to BSN Program Details
As a licensed RN, you have gained confidence and honed your skills as a nursing professional. However, a BSN opens doors to new career options, management responsibilities, and better pay. You’re thinking about starting a BSN degree, but you can’t quit your job or move to go back to college. An online degree seems the way to go, but you probably have some questions.
The first thing you may ask is “can I really do this?” We are here to say you can! From your first questions through graduation, you will have a cadre of supportive faculty and staff dedicated to your success. Your personal advisor helps you set up and monitor your program of study, and caring, down-to-earth professors take an active role in your education and provide you extra help you if you need it. You won’t be alone in cyberspace!
It’s important to know that you can complete your degree on your schedule, not ours. Start in the spring, summer or fall, and take one class at a time or several. However, if other obligations become too demanding, we understand that life comes first. You have the flexibility to take fewer classes or sit out a semester or two without penalty. With online classes, study when and where you want - on the couch after the kids go to bed, in the morning with a cup of coffee, or even in the middle of the night! Yes, you have weekly deadlines, but you get to choose how and when to get your school work done.
You may also wonder, “is this a real education?” Most definitely! Not only is our program fully accredited, we have been educating successful graduates online since 2000. As an online student, how you learn may change some, but the benefits are great. Students often remark about the high levels of quality and challenge in their classes. You will study with peers eager to apply the knowledge they learn in class to their real-world, everyday experiences as nurses. Through conversations on electronic discussions boards, emails, and phone calls, you will develop a supportive student network and actively learn from one another.
One last point. We know that going to college is expensive. FHSU prides itself on offering you affordable tuition because we take our mission to make higher education accessible to everyone very seriously. However, we do not sacrifice educational quality in the process.
BSN Program Details
Earning a nursing degree requires a lot of hard work and dedication, but the rewards are great. Although your program of study may vary by the number of credits you bring in from high school AP or concurrent enrollment courses, most pre-nursing majors have a well-defined course schedule that involves a good deal of math and science. Taking as many math and science classes as you can in high school will help prepare you for your pre-nursing curriculum.
Unlike most degree programs at FHSU, nursing majors must apply directly to the Department of Nursing for admission, typically in the spring of sophomore year. However, when you first enroll at FHSU (or if you change majors), you can designate “pre-nursing” as your major, which guarantees you will be assigned a faculty advisor within the nursing department, who will help you enroll in the pre-requisite courses you need and guide you along the admissions process.
MSN Program Details
You have achieved all that you can with a BSN and now you want to accomplish more. A Master's degree in nursing prepares you to use the knowledge that you have gained through experience and your former education to build an expertise in a specific area of nursing. Dialog with other nurses across the country and around the world to learn how to best solve today's nursing challenges. Move from a face to face linear project solving process to an interactive, technologically driven format, which is essential for success in today's workplace.