Become a Nursing Leader With Athens State’s BSN Program

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Empower Your Journey With an RN-BSN Online

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted just how critical healthcare professionals like you are to the well-being of our society. It also taught us that many avenues lead to impact, and if you’re in need of a change, there’s never been a better time to advance your credentials. At Athens State University, we offer an affordable and flexible path for registered nurses to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing so that they can fast-track their road to impact in just 15 months.

Whether you’re looking to go on to graduate school or expand your capabilities, our nursing program focuses on the leadership and management skills you need to become a standout nursing professional. You’ll learn to implement evidence-based practices in healthcare settings. You’ll develop a deep understanding of healthcare informatics, healthcare policies, and the technologies that are shaping the industry. Most of all, you’ll receive quality instruction from expert faculty members who truly care about your success. The online RN-BSN program is one of the most affordable BSN programs in Alabama and 100% asynchronous, meaning that you can complete coursework when it makes sense for your busy schedule without breaking the bank. While nurses with a BSN earn $75,000 per year on average, this degree will also help prepare you for roles such as*:

Nurse Educator

Median Annual Salary: $77,440

Health Policy Nurse

Median Annual Salary: $79,790

Nurse Recruiter

Median Annual Salary: $62,290

Health Education Specialist

Median Annual Salary: $60,600

Compliance Officer

Median Annual Salary: $71,650

*salary statistics provided by the u.s. bureau of labor statistics

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Why Choose Athens State for Your Nursing (RN to BSN) Degree?

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Our experienced faculty truly cares about your success, serving as an always-accessible touchpoint to empower your educational journey.

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We’re proud to offer one of the most affordable BSN programs in the state of Alabama, providing high-value education at a low cost.

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We’re built to serve transfer students like you, with transfer-friendly policies that allow you to apply credits from your associate degree in nursing.

“We provide quality instruction, and we’re accessible as faculty members. We understand that you have a life outside of your college education, and we’re really here to support students.”

Dr. Mark Reynolds

Faculty/Assistant Professor of Nursing and Chief RN-BSN Program Administrator

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Our Commitment to an Affordable Online BSN Degree

We understand the biggest barrier to completing a degree as a returning learner is often the cost — that’s why we’re so proud to be the most affordable state university for both Alabama and Tennessee students. Whether you’re in state or out of state, our online RN-BSN program costs $241 per credit plus fees. Our tuition is so low that our alumni typically recover the costs of their education within six years of graduation, according to a 2019-20 economic impact study by Emsi Burning Glass.

About Athens State University

Athens State University, the oldest continuously operating higher education institution in Alabama, is an upper-division university that meets the needs of students often left underserved in other learning environments. We exclusively serve transfer students — whether they’re returning adult learners or younger undergraduate transfers — and provide them with career-focused education that will prepare them to enter the workforce. Our faculty members are uniquely attentive to the needs of both students and employers, and they develop curricula to serve each group equally. Students graduate from Athens State with the confidence to seize control of their careers and find success in their professional endeavors.

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