LONGMEADOW — For prospective students and parents alike, there is one question that needs to be answered when it comes to college tuition: will a particular degree provide a return on the tuition investment it will take to earn one? For Bay Path University, OnlineU.com has answered that question, ranking its online bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program as sixth in the nation for online BSN programs with the highest return on investment. With many of Bay Path’s RN-to-BSN students working full-time, time and money are important factors when considering and planning to return to school.
“As a career-oriented university, we focus not only on preparing our graduates for their professions, but also on preparing them for life after graduation,” said Maura Devlin, Bay Path’s associate vice president and dean for Undergraduate Studies. “The financial implications from a large amount of tuition debt can really impact how successful college graduates can be and the types of risks and decisions they feel confident making as they navigate the first years in their professional fields. As we develop academic programs and curricula, we plan for prospective students’ outcomes from many different perspectives, not just in our RN-to-BSN program, but in all our academic offerings. Not only are our students getting an excellent education, but they’re doing so in a way that truly sets them up for success.”
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 7% from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations, with the American Assoc. of College of Nurses encouraging a BSN as the minimum education requirement for nursing professionals.