Louisiana Tech launches new RN to BSN program

Feb 21, 2024 | Applied and Natural Sciences, General News

Louisiana Tech University’s Division of Nursing has announced the addition of the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN). The program is designed to address the evolving needs of the healthcare industry while offering an expedited pathway for current and former students with associate degrees or professional certifications in nursing.

The RN to BSN is structured to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of advanced nursing concepts and practices through a flexible and accessible online and hybrid model that meets the needs of working nurses. The blend of rigorous coursework and hands-on experiences allows students to develop critical thinking skills, leadership abilities, and evidence-based practices necessary for success in today’s healthcare landscape.

“This program is answering the call from our students and our employers as we continue to prepare registered nurses to address the vast range of opportunities in health care,” said Associate Dean Dr. Donna Hood. “This program builds on over 50 years of excellence in nursing education in a supportive and innovative environment. Our graduates have the foundation they need to work as a valuable member of the healthcare team and continue their education at the graduate level.”

The program also aims to uplift the state and region amidst a significant nursing shortage, as the supply of nurses from qualified programs has not met the increased demand of recent years. The Louisiana Board of Regents has estimated a 40% shortage of the nursing workforce by 2030, with thousands of open nursing positions across the state accumulating annually. Educational environments that place an emphasis on readiness and resilience are crucial.

Louisiana Tech’s associate degree program in nursing provides the perfect launch pad for students looking to pursue a BSN, with a history of exceptionally high NCLEX-RN pass rates and the graduation of prepared students who are intensely recruited upon program completion.

“The RN to BSN program will continue to build upon the outstanding nursing education offered at Louisiana Tech,” said Dr. Melissa Madden, RN to BSN program chair. “This program is important not only to our currently enrolled students but to the stakeholders who have been asking for it for many years.”

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The Louisiana Tech Division of Nursing is committed to excellence in educating students of diverse educational and cultural backgrounds and preparing them to enter an ever-changing healthcare environment as competent nursing practitioners. This educational environment fosters clinical reasoning, is responsive to community needs, is cognizant of regional and national trends in health care delivery, and recognizes its responsibility for research and scholarly activity and service.