What Can You Do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing?

Written by St. Andrews

People desiring to enter the field of nursing often believe that nursing is a calling, not just a career path. They have a deep desire to help others. Although as a nurse you will be able to help others, nursing is also a very flexible, competitive, and rewarding profession. Graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from St Andrews University is the first step in achieving a long and fulfilling career in healthcare.

There is a high demand for bachelor’s prepared Registered Nurses, and graduates of St. Andrews University Bachelor of Science nursing program can expect:

1. Job Growth

As of 2020, there is a shortage of approximately 1.2 million nurses, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Registered Nurses who hold a BSN are in high demand to meet the demands of a dynamic and changing health care system. More and more research support that BSN-prepared nurses improve patient safety and patient outcomes. 

2. Variety of Work Environments

With a BSN degree, you will have a wide variety of work opportunities. A few nursing opportunities available to BSN prepared nurses include hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient settings, physician offices, clinics,  insurance companies, government, community health, public health nurse, home health nurse, travel nurse, elementary or high schools, universities, correctional healthcare facilities, clinical nurse educator, and forensic nurse.

3. Flexible work schedule

Nursing schedules can be very flexible. Nurses can work nights, days, or weekends depending on their or their family’s needs. Nurses looking to work a standard 8-hour day may choose to work in a physician’s office or similar clinic.

4. Competitive salary

As there is a growing nursing shortage, nurses can expect continued job growth, great wages, and job security.  

Learn more about what you can do with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from St. Andrews University. 

Nursing Degree Coursework

The nursing program at St. Andrews includes two different phases of coursework for a total of 120 credits. This helps students work through prerequisites as well as understand the pace of this degree program.

Phase One

Students take 49 semester credit hours in lower-division courses. These courses include liberal arts and nursing prerequisites. These courses provide a foundation for Phase Two. As with most four-year degree programs, some of these courses can be completed at other schools and transferred. However, a few required St. Andrews General Education (SAGE) courses must be completed only at St. Andrews University. Upon completing these courses, students must apply for the nursing program to continue their BSN degree pathway. This first phase of courses should take approximately 18 months to complete.

Sample Coursework

Along with other courses, these classes provide a foundation for entering Phase Two of the BSN program.

  • Anatomy and Physiology, I & II
  • Lifespan Development
  • Exploring Professional Nursing 101 & 111
  • Essential Concepts of Chemistry
  • Microbiology

Phase Two

Phase two of the bachelor’s degree in nursing program includes 68 semester credit hours of upper-division courses designed to prepare students for entry into clinical practice as novice nurses after graduating and passing the NCLEX-RN exam. It is vital to note that graduating with a BSN from St. Andrews is not the same as becoming a Registered Nurse. Students must take and pass the NCLEX-RN after graduation to become a Registered Nurse. 

Sample Coursework

These higher education courses include other classes as well that help prepare students for graduation.

  • Care Management I: Fundamentals of Nursing
  • Nursing Pharmacotherapeutics
  • Pathophysiology for BSN
  • Care Management II: Adult Health I
  • Care Management III: Maternal/Child Health
  • Information Technology for Nursing
  • Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare
  • Care of the Elderly
  • Mental Health Concepts in Nursing
  • Nursing Capstone Senior Seminar 

Future Career Opportunities

One of the best parts of earning a BSN is the number of options that students have upon graduation. Nursing is an in-demand career choice that allows students the opportunity to find the perfect fit for them. Not only are there many different job openings, but graduates can also choose their work environment and schedule that are not offered for other career paths.

A female nurse holds a clipboard while in a hospital hallway

Registered Nurse

Upon graduating from St Andrews University nursing program, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam after passing the North Carolina Board of Nursing requirements to sit for licensure. Registered Nurses are a vital part of the healthcare system and are highly regarded in the field. 

As a Registered Nurse, you can choose to work in a variety of environments such as hospitals, doctor’s offices, or nursing homes. Many Registered Nurses enjoy the flexible work schedule that comes with the need for nurses 24/7 in hospital and long-term care facilities. This is helpful for those Registered Nurses with families who require a different or rotating work schedule.

Registered Nurses make an average of $73,000 per year, and the demand for nurses continues to grow with the increasing population. The overall job outlook for Registered Nurses is projected to grow by 12% through 2028, giving graduates many opportunities for employment upon completion of the program.

Nurse Manager

For those graduates who want more of a leadership role, there are plenty of nursing manager positions critical to the overall healthcare system. Nursing managers still use their bachelor’s degree in nursing, but do so from a leadership perspective. Nursing managers often work with administrative personnel and are the team leader for nurses in the building.

This is a great opportunity for those healthcare professionals who have worked as a nurse but want to further their careers. Becoming a manager is a great way to further your career in nursing after working in the field as a Registered Nurse as well.

Nursing managers have more responsibility, and therefore make an average of about $100,000 per year. The need for nurse managers should grow by 18% through 2028, as more healthcare facilities grow and need good leadership. 

A nurse educator teaches a group about CPR

Nurse Educator

Some graduates choose to stay in the classroom for their careers. Quality nursing educators are always needed in different areas of the community. In this position, you could use your skills to educate younger students at junior colleges and universities. Nursing educators also are hired by hospitals to help teach the community about good health practices. 

Nursing educators make an average of about $75,000 per year, and the industry should grow 24% through 2026. Choosing to use your nursing education to teach others about nursing and overall health is a growing field to enter upon graduation. 

Case Managers/ Claims Reviewer

For those nurses who complete their degree, but don’t necessarily want to remain at the bedside, there are other career opportunities. Many hospitals and healthcare systems hire nurses to help with paperwork and insurance issues. In fact, insurance companies also hire nurses to help with claims and medical coding questions from patients. These positions use nursing knowledge directly to help companies and healthcare systems become more efficient and serve patients in a different way.

There are plenty of ways to use a bachelor’s degree in nursing for a long and prosperous career. The ability to choose a work environment and the amount of nursing positions available make nursing an easy choice for students. Many different career opportunities open up with a bachelor’s degree in nursing to help you reach your long-term goals in a fulfilling and rewarding career. 

Learn more about the new nursing program at St. Andrews University by contacting our admissions office. You can also request more information about this exciting degree program and talk to an admissions counselor about joining us on campus soon!