Nursing Bridge Programs
Bridge nursing programs are accelerated options that allow students to achieve their desired degree outcome in less time, and often at less cost than traditional programs. To enable working nurses to bolster their core competencies and advance their careers in less time, colleges and universities modify and condense existing programs to make them more compatible to busy working RNs.
Such accelerated bridge programs exist across all spectrums of nursing, from LPN/LVN to RN and from RN to MSN. Though less common, Medical Assistant, Certified Nursing Assistant, and Paramedic to RN bridge programs also exist.
These fast-moving bridge programs leverage students' real-world clinical experiences. Unlike traditional nursing programs which may allow students to pick and choose certain courses, bridge programs often have a straight and narrow path toward degree completion for purposes of expediency.
As more hospitals and healthcare employers push for RNs to have a BSN at minimum, the RN to BSN program pathway has grown in popularity. If you are a diploma or ADN-educated RN looking to advance to a bachelor's degree, an RN to BSN program is a quick, efficient way of reaching your goals. Check out our guide page for everything you need to know!