As you may have already heard, Silver Lake College recently added a new four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program to its list of nursing program offerings. We’re excited about this new program for lots of reasons, not least of which is that we can offer an in-demand degree program to qualified candidates with no waiting list. Yes, you read that correctly!
According to Brianna Neuser, director of the BSN program, “Each year, thousands of students are turned away from nursing programs due to limited capacity and/or not enough faculty. Silver Lake College is now in a position where we can help reduce the number of students being turned away through guaranteed acceptance into our program (contingent on meeting academic requirements). And by training more nurses, we’re helping the communities in which they’ll be working.”
If you’re considering a degree in nursing but aren’t sure which program to apply for, take a look at our top three reasons to enroll in our new 4-year BSN program:
1. Nurses with a BSN have a wide variety of post-graduate options. Students who graduate with a BSN are prepared for clinical work in hospital or other medical settings and are qualified to pursue nursing research, undertake administrative roles in hospitals and clinics, and are qualified for jobs in highly competitive nursing fields such as oncology and occupational therapy.
Nurses with a BSN also have the potential to teach the next generation of nursing students, as a BSN is a necessary prerequisite to pursue graduate studies in nursing or teach at any accredited nursing school.
2. Nurses with a BSN enjoy exceptional job security and salary benefits and can earn as much as $10,000 more per year than nurses with only an associate’s degree. In Wisconsin, the average salary for a BSN is $73,500 a year. Also, hospitals that are seeking “magnet” designation look specifically for nurses with BSN degrees in order to achieve their goal of having a certain percentage of highly educated nurses.
3. Last, but certainly not least, the demand in Wisconsin for nurses is so high that capable graduates are virtually guaranteed a job right out of college. Here in Manitowoc County, the high percentage of residents over the age of 65 means that the local demand for BSNs will continue to increase and that SLC graduates can make a vital contribution to the community in which they were educated.
If you’re interested in nursing and want an innovative, hands-on education with a low student-to-teacher ratio, we encourage you to contact us for more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon!