RN to BSN
"I don’t think I would have been as successful in any other online RN to BSN program. … It’s just been a great experience."
Going back to college was not easy for Molly Heath – a full-time nurse, wife, mother of two and volunteer coach – but she did it. She expects to graduate in December 2018.
“I highly recommend online programs,” Heath said. “It is very worthwhile for people who work full-time and have a family.”
The flexibility of the R.N. to Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the College of Education and Health Professions made it possible to balance her job and family responsibilities. Financial assistance through a W.E. Manning Memorial Scholarship for online students helped her pay for her final semester.
“I have been very impressed, and I don’t think I would have been as successful in any other online RN to BSN program because of the instructors,” Heath said. “They want you to succeed. It’s just been a great experience.”
She works full-time as a registered nurse at the Forrest City Medical Center and part-time at the CrossRidge Community Hospital, while studying to earn her bachelor’s degree in nursing.
“I love to take care of people,” Heath said. “It’s very rewarding to me.”
In their spare time, she and her husband coach their children’s baseball teams and take their daughter to dance activities.
“We’re very active,” she said. “With the support of my husband, we just work it out.”
Heath is the first person in her immediate family to earn a high school diploma. Some day she plans to earn a doctorate in nursing, she said.
“I want to continue my education,” she said. “As a nurse, I feel it is very important to stay abreast of what is going on in the field.”