A bachelor of science (BS) degree in nursing provides a wide variety of career choices. Upon successful completion of the BS nursing program and the national licensure examination (NCLEX), baccalaureate prepared nurses are able to choose from a wide variety of practice settings.
Additionally, unlike graduates prepared with an associate degree in nursing, bachelor's prepared nurses are able to pursue advanced degrees in nursing including careers as an adult or pediatric nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife or certified nurse anesthetist. Doctorate level education is also possible for bachelors prepared nurses who wish to pursue a PhD or DNP (doctorate in nursing practice).
Examples of potential practice areas for a bachelor of science graduate include:
- providing patient care in the hospital settings (the most popular choice of nursing graduates).
- caring for patients in community based settings.
- providing nursing leadership through nursing management positions.
- pursuing a nursing career at Magnet designated hospital facilities.
- providing nursing care to individuals, families and communities internationally.
- working in clinical research by coordinating human subject studies.
- helping shape future nursing clinicians through teaching opportunities.