Bachelor of Science (BSN) Nursing Career Outlook

Your Future with an Online RN-to-BSN from Widener

  • By 2026, employment in the health care industry will outpace all other industry sectors1
  • Employment opportunities for registered nurses are projected to grow by 15 percent between 2016 and 20262
  • RNs who hold bachelor’s degrees earn an average of $8,634 more than those with associate degrees3
  • BSN-prepared nurses qualify for 81 percent of nursing jobs, while ADN-prepared nurses qualify for 49 percent3

The online RN-to-BSN degree program from Widener University empowers you with the flexibility to continue your nursing career while furthering your education. From the start, you’ll be able to put your coursework into action.

As a graduate, you’ll possess the leadership skills and practical experience needed to distinguish yourself as a leader and exceptional caregiver within your organization.

Accelerate Your Path to Leadership

A traditional RN-to-BSN takes three to four years to complete. But as an RN, you can complete our program in as little as one year.

Your professional nursing experience puts you in an excellent position to put your working knowledge toward your BSN, and you will be awarded up to 33 credits based on your RN license.

That means, a year from now, you could begin advancing your nursing career with a promotion or at a new job.

Expand Your Knowledge. Elevate Your Nursing Career.

For many years, an associate degree has been sufficient to get many nursing jobs with great hospitals and other medical centers, but that is no longer the case.

Today, nurses with bachelor’s degrees stand a far better chance of being hired at Magnet hospitals and hospitals that are moving toward Magnet status — which requires 80 percent of their nurses to hold at least a bachelor’s degree.

When you graduate with a BSN from Widener, you’ll be prepared to pursue jobs like:

OccupationMedian Salary*
Registered Nurse$68,450
Nurse Case Manager$69,861
Registered Nurse Supervisor$70,642
Clinical Nurse Manager$80,042
Registered Nurse Supervisor$71,677
Surgical Nurse$65,771

*Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,, 2018

Salaries in this field can vary depending on the type of health care facility. For example, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states the median compensation for registered nurses was:

  • $73,980 in government health facilities
  • $70,590 in state, local, and private hospitals
  • $64,660 in ambulatory health care services
  • $60,950 in nursing and residential care facilities
  • $59,360 in state, local, and private educational services1

Top Five Cities for BSN Earners

From April 2017 to April 2018, more than 670,000 positions were posted across the country that require candidates with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Philadelphia, just a short drive away from Widener University, is among the top 15 cities for jobs listed, and Pennsylvania is among the top 10 states.

Succeed in the Northeast
The Northeastern region of the United States is a particularly solid one for BSN jobs, with three states — New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia — among the Top 10 for BSN-earner opportunities. More than 100,000 jobs were posted in this region alone between April 2017 and April 2018.

When you complete the online RN-to-BSN program from Widener, you’ll possess the knowledge and skills you need to stand out in the job market, including leadership, evidence-based practice, and research.

You’ll also gain access to employment opportunities nationwide, including these top five cities for BSN graduates:

  1. 1. New York City
    With hundreds of health care companies in the major metropolitan area, New York City is a hotbed for nursing jobs. Hospitals and health care systems like Saint Barnabas, Meridian Health, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYU Medical Center, and New York-Presbyterian Hospital provide a myriad of world-class employment options with salaries exceeding the national average.

    Average salary: $86,850

  2. 2. Chicago
    The Windy City is home to growing health care facilities in systems like Amita Health, Presence Health, and Ascension Health. In addition, Chicago boasts Magnet hospitals, including Rush University Medical Center and NorthShore University Health System. More than 15,000 nursing positions were posted in the Chicago metro area from April 2017 to April 2018, providing countless opportunities for BSN-prepared nurses.

    Average salary: $74,590

  3. 3. Los Angeles
    Home to the world-renowned Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles is a major hub for health care facilities. Health care systems and Magnet hospitals, including Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Providence Health & Services, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, posted more than 13,500 positions from April 2017 to April 2018, with employment opportunities projected to grow by 17.3 percent between 2016 and 2026.

    Average salary: $93,930

  4. 4. Atlanta
    Home to the headquarters of Gentiva Health Services, Atlanta’s health care sector is booming — projected to grow by 20.1 percent between 2016 and 2026. Other major health care systems like Wellstar Health Systems, Piedmont Healthcare, Emory Healthcare, and more have helped to bolster this city’s health care economy, adding more than 11,500 jobs between April 2017 and April 2018.

    Average salary: $67,870

  5. 5. Detroit
    Motor City boasts medical facilities in some of the largest health care systems in the country. Major employers, including the Henry Ford Health System, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Ascension Health, and Detroit Medical Center, added about 13,000 nursing jobs between April 2017 and April 2018 — growth that is expected to continue with a projected increase of 12.4 percent between 2016 and 2026.

    Average salary: $73,830

Other top cities include Boston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Houston, Miami, Phoenix, Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington.

With your BSN from Widener, you’ll be prepared to take on a leadership role and guide nursing staff development, administrative policies, and patient care standards, no matter where you’re located.

SOURCE: Burning Glass

To learn more, call a program manager at 1-844-386-7321 or request a program brochure.

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses, on the Internet at (visited March 31, 2018).
2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment Projections, Employment by Major Industry Sector, on the Internet at (visited April 3, 2018).
3 Source: (analysis of nurse job postings, 1/01/2017 to 12/31/2017)

Top 15 Hiring Regions

Metro AreaJob Postings
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA22,132
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI19,348
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA18,869
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA17,246
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI16,664
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX15,367
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO13,393
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV11,672
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA11,447
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL11,309
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD11,141
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH11,113
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ11,041
Houston- The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX10,668
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA8,679