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Difference between an RN and a BSN in Illinois

Posted on in Nursing License Defense

IL license lawyerObtaining your nursing education can be a very exciting accomplishment. All of the time that is spent studying and in clinicals will pay off in the end. When studying for your nursing license, there are different requirements for each type of nurse. The two most common job types in the nursing profession include registered nurses (RN’s) and nurses with their Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN’s), and there are certain requirements for each job type.

RN Requirements

If a nursing license applicant has become a registered nurse, he or she has passed the National Council Licensure Examination or the NCLEX. To take the NCLEX, the nursing license applicant must have earned either the Associates Degree in Nursing or a Bachelors of Science in Nursing.

To obtain the Associates Degree in Nursing, the license applicant must complete a 21-month program at a college that focuses mainly on careers. If the license applicant becomes an RN, he or she does not have to become a BSN.

As a registered nurse, there is the opportunity to go straight into the job market. However, furthering the education to become a BSN can be made possible.

BSN Requirements

To become a BSN, there are more education requirements, as most BSN programs last about four years. As hospitals across the country are looking for more nurses who have their Bachelors of Science in Nursing, the BSN is considered to be a higher academic credential than simply an RN license.

While registered nurses typically chart patient symptoms, operate medical equipment, talk to patients about certain types of illnesses, and work with the medical team, nurses with their Bachelors of Science in Nursing perform more than just the aforementioned tasks.

Not only do BSN licensees perform the same tasks as RN licensees, BSN licensees can also work in the public health sector, as well as become a nurse educator.

Call a DuPage County License Defense Attorney

Successfully obtaining your nursing license can be one of the biggest accomplishments in an applicant’s life. All of the hard work pays off when the license has been obtained, and the applicant can now start practicing in his or her chosen field. If you have any further questions about the Illinois licensing requirements for nurses, you can count on the Law Offices of Joseph J. Bogdan, LLC for assistance. For over 17 years, our experienced Lisle IL license defense lawyers have represented our DuPage County area clients in various nursing license matters, and we are ready to assist you with your case. To schedule a free consultation, please call 630-310-1267 today.




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