Best Online BSN Programs

The Online Bachelor of Science Nursing Program is one of the best decisions an RSN can make for her career, and one of the best degrees for those interested in furthering their knowledge and skill set.

At Nursing Degree.org we set out to rank the top online BSN programs for 2013. Our rankings formula is a combination of program thoroughness, availability, student satisfaction, accreditation, program cost and more. Below are our top 10 choices for the 2013-2014 rankings.

1. University of Kansas Online

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The University of Kansas has a well structured online BSN program that offers students the flexibility of an online education, at the low cost of a state University. This mean that per credit hour, the education is significantly cheaper than it would be through a private college or university. It is a 64 hour RN/BSN program, designed to be completed in one year by a full time student. There are no courses with an on campus component, so it can truly be accomplished from anywhere. You must have successfully completed 62 hours of general coursework through the University of Kansas or another accredited college or university before you can be accepted to the RN/BSN program.

2. Sacred Heart University Online

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The Sacred Heart University is a Catholic educational establishment which has long been respected for the medical education it provides. It now offers a CCNE accredited nursing program, which can be completed through online coursework. The 123 credit hour program focuses not only on nursing skills, but also on medical leadership, management, and other administration skills.

3. University of Illinois at Chicago

Like the University of Kansas, the University of Illinois at Chicago gives students all the benefits of a public university, in an online setting. The RN/BSN program is 30 credit hours, which can be accomplish simultaneous to, or after, 57 core educational components have been met. It is set up so that students can complete the course of study in as little as 16 months, without ever setting foot on campus. All practicums will be organized through a student’s local medical facilities, so the program can be completed from absolutely anywhere.

4. Western Governors University

Western Governors University’s online BSN program is designed for those who already have an associates of nursing, and wish to further their training in order to increase their employability and on-the-job value. It is a competency based program which focuses on integration of technology, leadership, and patient safety, policies and procedures. Western Governors University is different than many of the colleges on the list because it is solely an online educational entity. the college specializes in the helping students get funding for their education, so that students can afford to get their BSN on any budget.

5.Drexel Online University

Drexel has won a number of awards for its online BSN program. Students must complete 180 quarter hours, with 133 general electives, and 57 required medical skills hours. The program is self-paced, allowing students to complete the course work in a little as 12 months, or as long as 5 years. The program is NLNAC accredited, and allows students to set up their clinical experience with the local medical practice of their choice.

6. Liberty University

Liberty is the largest Christian University in the world, and has a very large online educational program. It offers an RN/ BSN course of study that is well respected, but which comes from a very strictly religious world view. The course of study is designed to take two years to complete, and is both SACS-COC and CCNE accredited.

7.Indiana State University

Indiana State University, based in Terre Haute, Indiana was ranked as the top online nursing program in the U.S. News and World Report. The program is open to those who are already licensed as LPNs who wish to complete a BSN so that they are qualified for more demanding positions. The program is structured so that students can either enroll full time or half time in order to accomplish the program goals. It is the only complete LPN to BSN online program in the nation.

8. St. Peter’s University

St. Peters has long offered a nursing program in the Jesuit tradition, and now that program is available as an online only educational opportunity. The program is designed for those who are already certified RNs to complete BSN coursework in 32 credit hours. The program emphasizes holistic medicine, and nurturing the mind, body and spirit to equal degrees.

9.Anna Maria College

Anna Maria college is a small private educational institution, which offers an online BSN program. This program, which includes 45 hours of coursework, does not have a clinical element. Students typically complete the program in two and a half years.

10.Adventist University of Health Sciences

Adventist – Florida Hospital’s University, is a faith based college that specializes in medical services, and which has a long history of low-cost medical degrees for those serious about the healing arts. Its online BSN program is designed for those that already have their RN and typically takes 18 to 24 months to complete. The coursework focuses on nursing as ministry.

The 25 Most Influential People in Medicine Alive Today

When you think of the most influential people in medicine, you probably think of doctors and scientists on the cutting edge of some cure, or medical technology advance. It is actually much larger than that. The most influential people in medicine include doctors, researchers, politicians, funding masterminds, and more. To be truly influential, a person must be visible, well respected, and have accomplished something that influenced a major change in the way people view medicine, wellness, or healthcare. Here are the top 25 most influential people in medicine, who are still alive today.

1. Robert Grant began researching AIDS in the 80s when the disease first became prevalent. In 2010, he released a study that inspired the prevention of AIDS in those most at risk, rather than simply focusing on treating those who had already contracted the disease.

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2. Michelle Obama has made it her personal mission to use her husband's time in office as an opportunity to inspire a healthier America. She founded the Let's Move initiative, and other programs that target obese children.

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3. Barack Obama forever changed the landscape of medical care in America when he pushed the Health Care For America plan, which provides for all Americans to have some kind of health insurance by the end of 2014.

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4. Peter Agre won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2003. He discovered the water channel proteins that transport water through the cell membrane, and isolated those aquaporins in both plants and animals.

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5. Richard Axel, and his partner Linda B Buck, mapped the genes that control and encode the human sense of smell.

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6. Dr. Mehmet Oz M.D. has certainly made himself well known. The cardio-thoracic surgeon works to bring a variety of important but little known health facts to the public, and has found a way to make medical knowledge popular.

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7. Dr. Mark Hyman found himself at the top of the New York Times best seller list in 2012 for his book The Blood Sugar Solution. His book demonstrated mainstream, easy to accomplish solutions to several chronic illnesses.

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8. Dr. Sanjay Gupta serves as the chief medical correspondent at CNN. He launched Fit Nation, an American anti-obesity program, and delivers new medical developments to the public, in terms that they can easily understand.

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9. Michael Brown, along with his partner Joseph L Goldstein, were honored with the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine in 1985. They traced the genetic markers that affect the metabolism of cholesterol, and developed medication to control it.

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10. Andrew Weil M.D. is perhaps the most well known proponent of integrative medicine. He is a TV celebrity, a well known author, and program director at the University of Arizona.

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11. Rita Levi-Montalcini is an Italian neurologist, and professor of medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. She is best known for single handedly discovering what stimulates nerve growth in the human body. She won a Nobel prize in 1986.

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12. Barry J. Marshall discovered a bacteria related to ulcers in the lining of the stomach. He also determined how to treat the bacteria with antibiotics in order to cure many cases of gastritis.

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13. J. Robin Warren was Barry J Marshall’s partner. Together they won a Nobel prize and changed the way ulcers are approached in modern medicine.

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14. Dr. Atul Gawande serves as the founder of Life Box, and is an adviser for the World Health Organization's Safe Surgery initiative. He has written three books that were listed on the New York Times bestseller list in medicine.

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15. Dr. Lisa Masterson has become a household name by co-hosting the popular TV show The Doctors, but her medical expertise goes far beyond cable television. She is the medical director of Oceans Oasis Medical Spa, and founder of Maternal Fetal Care International.

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16. Mark Bertolini is the chairman, president and CEO of Aetna, the third-largest health insurer in the United States. He has a significant amount of influence in both the private medical sector and government.

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17. Dr. Elias Zerhouni served as director of the United States National Institutes of Health for nearly a decade, before stepping down in 2008. He now serves at Johns Hopkins University as professor of radiology and biomedical engineering.

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18. Dr. Francis Collins has had a long and illustrious medical career during which he discovered the root cause of 6 major diseases, and served as the head of the Genome Project. He is currently the director of biomedical research at the National Institute of Health.

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19. Dr. David L. Baltimore is the Chairman of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He won a Nobel prize for his study of retroviruses at the age of 37, and has continued to advance the medical field ever since.

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20. Dr. Harold E. Varmus won a Nobel prize in 1989 for his work on cancer. He specific discovered the cellular origin of viral oncogenes. Today he works as the President of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

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21. James Thomson has worked with embryonic stem cells, and has pushed for acceptance of this extremely controversial field of medicine.

22. Shinya Yamanaka has worked alongside James Thomson in stem cell research. They have specifically discovered how to remove cells with specialized function from embryonic stem cells. He and Sir John Gurdon were also research partners for years before they were honored with the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2012.

23. Bill Gates may seem like an unlikely personality to find on the medical top 25, but his software has changed the face of medicine forever. Windows-based computers are the primary medical filing tool in offices today. More importantly, The Gates Foundation is working on eradicating Malaria worldwide.

24. Sir John B. Gurdon, along with his partner Shinya Yamanaka, discovered that mature cells can be reprogrammed. This means that all cells can be made pluripotent, or more versatile, than researchers previously believed they were.

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25. Dr. Phil McGraw is a psychiatrist and TV personality known for pushing people to "get real." He has takes a hard stance against addictions, and has helped a great number of people seek in the counseling, and treatment they most need.

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