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Employment of registered nurses (RNs) will grow by 19 percent over the coming decade, significantly higher than average. However, as the evolving healthcare system places greater demands on nurses, this employment growth will be biased towards RNs with a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. Healthcare providers are preferencing bachelor’s degree-holders in their hiring and promotion decisions, and indeed some employers have mandated that all nurses must possess a BSN degree.

RN-to-BSN programs in Wyoming
RN-to-BSN programs enable existing nurses with an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) to complete their baccalaureate degree in a streamlined manner. These degree completion programs include nursing theory, nursing practice, and general education components. This broad-based curriculum ensures that BSN-holders are equipped to employ critical thinking and analytical skills in the workplace. Graduates may also pursue a master of science in nursing (MSN) to enter an advanced practice nursing field. University of Wyoming offers the state’s preeminent RN-to-BSN program.

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Career outlook for BSN-educated RNs
A registered nurse with a BSN degree can anticipate higher pay and more opportunities for career advancement. While Wyoming’s RNs earn a respectable median salary of $60,450, those with BSN degrees can earn top-quartile pay of $70,590 or more. This represents a $10,000+ annual pay increase. The stats are even better for holders of MSN degrees, who earn $88,000 to $185,000 per year depending on specialization.

To help current RNs pursue their baccalaureate degree, we have profiled below the best RN-to-BSN programs in Wyoming.