What Makes FranU's Online RN to BSN Nursing Unique?

What Makes Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University Online RN-BSN Nursing Unique?
What Makes Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University Online RN-BSN Nursing Unique?

These are exciting times for nurses, and the BSN-prepared nurse sits on the doorstep of limitless opportunities. Hospitals that are seeking magnet certification have set goals of an 80% BSN-prepared workforce by the year 2020. It’s true that a registered nurse with an Associate’s Degree takes the same NCLEX exam and receives the same license as the BSN-prepared nurse but there are significant qualitative differences.  

With online RN to BSN programs now available, it is easier than ever for an ADN nurse to achieve her BSN. An online nursing school education can be an excellent choice for the busy, working nurse, but not all online nursing schools are equal.

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (FranU) is uniquely qualified to provide the same excellent degree and coursework to the online nursing student as to the student attending classes at the brick and mortar campus.

First, why should a licensed RN pursue a Bachelor of Nursing degree?

There are many benefits and advantages to achieving an advanced education such as:

  • Better job opportunities with increased pay and better hours

  • Better benefits with better jobs

  • Better patient outcomes

  • Personal satisfaction and sense of accomplishment

  • Respect of peers

  • Magnet hospitals have set goals to have 80% of the nursing workforce as BSN-prepared by the year 2020

  • Studies by the Robert J. Woods Foundations indicate that pressure ulcers, DVT, hospital acquired infections and post-surgical morbidity is reduced in nurses with a high level of BSN-prepared nurses

  • Education advances the nursing profession overall

  • It is the future of nursing

It can be overwhelming for a prospective RN to BSN degree candidate to choose between the many options for online learning. Many schools will vie for a candidate’s admission, and this can be very anxiety-inducing for a nurse who is anxious about returning to school. A nursing school should evaluate the prospective student on the quality of their work, and not solely on their ability to pay.   

It is important that any nurse considering online RN to BSN programs should research to find the best fit for them and take the time to think things through before signing up with the first school that accepts them.  

Why should a prospective RN to BSN student consider the online program at FranU?

Online nursing education is big business nowadays. Online programs allow nurses to continue to work with minimal disruption to their work schedules and family life but an online nursing program is not a cakewalk. Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University online is structured to optimize the nursing school experience with excellent education and readily accessible support.

  • The degree awarded is the same for both online and campus attendees. Although online education is increasingly accepted, there remains a hidden bias towards online degrees in some instances.

    A graduate from FranU online receives the same degree as a graduate who attended on-campus classes. FranU began as a teaching hospital in 1923 and has a brick and mortar campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It is regionally accredited, has affordable and competitive tuition rates, and is a not-for-profit school.

  • Accreditation is important, and FranUonline offers respected regional accreditation through the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. FranU online is regionally accredited which is important for several reasons.  

    Sometimes potential employers shy away from nationally accredited distance learning, there can be issues with transfer of credits from a nationally accredited school to a regionally accredited school, and tuition is usually more affordable at a regionally accredited school. A nurse bitten by the knowledge bug may choose to complete their BSN and then pursue an MSN. He or she may even decide to pursue an MBA or DNP. The option to transfer credits may turn out to be one of the most important considerations.

  • Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University Online is a not-for-profit school. A for-profit school is sometimes called a proprietary school, and its business model is to make money for its owner or the board of directors. Not-for-profit schools invest part of the tuition back into providing a quality education for its students.  

    Their focus is on providing the best nursing school experience through quality education and support. Not for profit schools usually have regional accreditation, strong focus on community and education, led by a board of trustees and invests tuition back into improving education.

Why Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University's Online RN to BSN?

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University's Online RN to BSN nursing program offers a unique nursing experience.

  • 100% online

  • Online RN-BSN regionally accredited for future transfer of credits

  • FranU was named a Carnegie Engage Campus in 2011

  • FranU named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll six times

  • Competitive tuition 

  • Blends arts and sciences to provide delivery of holistic nursing care

Service is part of the very fabric of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University. As a Franciscan institution, which has been a leader in healthcare-related education in Louisiana for more than 90 years, we value the opportunity to serve others "with joyfulness of spirit, and with humility and justice for all those entrusted to our care." We believe that our Catholic values grow stronger as we take action to improve our community.

Our service-related curricular and co-curricular programs allow our students to foster intellectual, spiritual, social and civic development through participation in community improvement projects and service-learning. Service-learning, an educational experience in which students learn from and reflect upon participation in meaningful community service, has been used successfully at the university in both traditional and clinically-based classrooms to enhance course objectives and improve learning and engagement.

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University offers an innovative, student-centered online learning environment where registered nurses from around the country come together in pursuit of creating a better life for themselves and for those they serve through a spiritually rich and accredited online education focused on serving society, especially those most in need.

To learn more, contact us or visit us online to see how FranU online can help you.