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Your Questions Answered: Online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The University of Providence’s Online RN-BSN program offers licensed nursing professionals with an Associate Degree in Nursing an opportunity to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The RN-BSN program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals, with courses offered 100% online with no in-person commitments required. Upon completion of the RN-BSN program, graduates will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to provide evidence-based nursing care that is centered around the needs of the population and is grounded in spiritual, ethical, and compassionate principles. They will also be committed to lifelong learning and will strive to enhance the nursing profession.

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How long will it take to complete the RN-BSN Program?

The RN-BSN program is a 3-semester program designed for completion in 12 consecutive months. As a cohort model program, students progress through each course alongside their intake class.

 

Are there any in-person courses required of students?

No. All coursework for the RN-BSN program is completed 100% online.

 

Can I directly transition into a Masters in Nursing program after completing the RN-BSN program?

Yes. Students can directly transition into a Master of Science in Nursing program or pursue higher further education opportunities after completing the RN-BSN program.

 

Can I work full-time while completing this program?

Yes. The RN-BSN Program is designed for nursing professionals. This program can also be completed by part-time nurses, off-shift nurses, third-shift nurses, and more.

 

Do I need a specific type of computer/technology to complete this degree program?

The RN-BSN program requires students to attend live and/or asynchronous classes online, as well as complete assigned coursework online through the Moodle learning platform. Students are required to have a functional laptop or desktop computer that meets the University of Providence’s computer recommendations.

 

Is the RN-BSN program accredited by a recognized accrediting body?

Yes, The University of Providence is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). In addition, all baccalaureate and master’s degree programs at the University of Providence are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

 

Will I be required to take any pre-requisite courses during the RN-BSN program?

Yes, all students without a prior bachelor’s degree will be required to complete two core prerequisite courses: a 100-level Philosophy (PHL) course worth 3 credits, and a 200-level Theology and Religious (TRL) course worth 3 credits. Core courses can be completed online at the University of Providence Students can or as a transfer credit from another college or university. Students transferring credits from another university should contact the RN-BSN program manager to ensure credits can be transferred.

 

How many classes are in the program and how are they structured?

Students in the RN-BSN program enroll in 12 total courses including pre-requisites. In total, students are required to complete 36 credit hours for graduation, or 12 credits per semester over 3 semesters.

 

How long from start to finish will the program take to complete?

The RN-BSN program is designed for completion over 12 consecutive months.

 

Are there clinical components of the course?

No, the RN-BSN program does not require students to take clinical credits.

 

What support services are offered by the University and made available for students?

The University of Providence offers a variety of services available to online students. Support services include Accessibility and disability services, academic success center, writing and math center, library, and research services, and more. A detailed list of services can be found on the Academic Support page.

 

Are there financial aid options or scholarships available for this program?

The University of Providence’s financial services department can guide students interested in pursuing financial aid opportunities. The financial services webpage can provide additional information on eligibility, applications and requirements for scholarship programs, payment plans, federal aid options, and benefits for military and veteran students.

 

What is a cohort style program and how is it applied to the RN-BSN program?

A cohort style program is a collaborative learning model students in the RN-BSN program progress through the program together. As part of this model, students share the same curriculum, complete the same assignments along set due dates, and engage in discussions as a cohesive unit throughout the program’s duration.

 

Can I enroll in this program if I have a bachelors degree that is not in nursing?

The RN-BSN program is designed for nursing professionals with an Associate Degree in Nursing or a Nursing diploma who have not pursued their Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The program will accept students with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree so long as they meet the program requirements.

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