If you currently serve in the military, aspire to do so, or are a military veteran or spouse, selecting a degree program that has earned the Military-Friendly designation from Victory Media may have a significant and positive impact on your education.
One school awarded this status five years in a row -- Northwest Missouri State University -- may especially interest those in the military community seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing through an RN to BSN program. Prospective students may especially value Northwest's RN to BSN online program; its online format not only offers military nurses the needed flexibility in their schedule, but the school represents the top 20 percent of U.S. colleges, universities and trade schools deemed to deliver the best experiences to military students.
What Exactly Does "Military-Friendly" Mean to Me?
According to Victory Media (a media organization for military personnel transitioning into civilian life), which awards the Military-Friendly status, this "seal of approval" recognizes an organization's commitment, effort and success in connecting the military community to employment and education opportunities.
Victory Media evaluates schools through survey information and assessments of their ability to meet thresholds in six key areas for student veterans, including job placement and degree advancement. It touts the Military-Friendly status as the standard in schools that create long-lasting and meaningful benefits for the military community. "That's good for veterans, good for the organizations and good for America," asserts Military Friendly.com.
Does "Military-Friendly" Mean I Can Earn My Degree During Active Duty?
Yes, those actively serving in the military can complete certain degrees successfully, says Military.com, but usually only if the degree is offered online. For those serving in any of the U.S. armed forces, taking an online "bridge program" such as an RN to BSN (where credits earned from a prior college or university are accepted to complete a higher degree) may be the answer.
While the traditional college setting usually proves a poor fit for military members who are required to earn an BSN, online classes can play a key role in success, especially for active soldiers and sailors and those in the reserve and guard forces, Military.com adds. With the online format, students can access their coursework on their timetable, often wherever and whenever works best for them.
What Advantages Can I Discover as a Military Nurse?
According to Nursing 2019, not only are military nurses commissioned officers, they also have the opportunity to use "cutting-edge technology and techniques in both medical treatment facilities and temporary facilities in the field." Seeing the world in collaborative environments with other healthcare professionals is another benefit.
Military nurses who earn their BSN online through Northwest can be confident that they have chosen a program that sets the standard in supporting the military and its veterans and families.
Learn more about Northwest Missouri State University's online RN to BSN program.
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