RN-BSN FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Providence Health Programs Nurse with Patient
Who is eligible for this program?
  • Graduate of an Associate Degree program in Nursing (or diploma program).
  • Active and unencumbered RN license.
  • RNs must have completed all three of the required pre-requisite courses (Nutrition (3 credits), Microbiology (4 credits) & Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits)) at time of application.
  • Registered Nurses must have all core courses completed or in progress at time of application. All core courses must be completed for the RN to start the RN-BSN program. Students must be able to prove enrollment if the course are not already completed.  All students without a previous bachelor’s degree will be required to complete additional core courses.
What is the student’s financial commitment?
  • Students eligible for the Providence St. Joseph Health Scholarship pay a co-pay of $1,450 per academic semester. There are 4 semesters – beginning in January and extending to May the following year and beginning August and extending to December the following year.
  • PSJH employees who are not eligible for the Providence St. Joseph Scholarship and PSJH spouses/partners and dependents pay $483/credit (30 credits).
  • Non-Providence students pay $800 per credit. There are a total of 30 credits in the RN-BSN program.
  • Students are encouraged to attend a 2-day orientation program prior to the start of the program. This is an opportunity to meet faculty, staff and peers and establish relationships that will last for the duration of the program and beyond. Students who choose to attend orientation are responsible for obtaining time off of work and using accrued vacation time or time off without pay. Students are responsible for transportation costs to and from the orientation, hotel, dinner, and books. The orientation location will likely be in a major metropolitan city (Seattle, Portland, or Los Angeles) or at the University of Providence.
  • For those unable to attend the in-person orientation, an online orientation is available and must be completed prior to the start of the first term.
  • Federal financial aid is available for this program for students who qualify. To apply, go to fafsa.ed.gov, and read more here.
  • All accepted applicants are required to pay a $300 non-refundable deposit to secure their seat in the program. This deposit will be applied toward the student’s first semester tuition.
Who is eligible for the Providence St. Joseph Health Scholarship funds?
  • Employed at a Providence St. Joseph Health or partner organization as a 0.6 FTE (24 hours) or greater for 6 months as a Registered Nurse (RN). LPN and CNA experience is not eligible for this program.
  • Providence St. Joseph Health RNs must be employed in a benefited position (0.6 FTE or greater) at the time they submit their UP application and stay in a benefited position throughout the program.
  • Per diem employees are not eligible for the scholarship, however, they can apply to the program and pay the discounted rate of $483/credit.
  • Graduate of an Associate Degree program in Nursing (or diploma program).
  • Active and unencumbered RN license.
  • RN is in good standing at their facility (Caregiver is currently not on a performance plan or has been on a plan for the last 12 months).
  • RN is not on an active medical leave.
  • Not all Providence St. Joseph Health and partner organizations offer a scholarship; caregivers should consult their local HR office for details.
  • Providence St. Joseph Health ministries may offer tuition assistance reimbursement to support the cost of the program. Students are responsible for contacting their local HR office for more information.
How do I apply to the program?
  • Complete the University’s online application.
  • Submit official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended, a personal essay and proof of your unencumbered nursing license. Send to nursing@uprovidence.edu.
How do I know if I qualify for the program?
What if I am currently completing core courses- can I still apply for the program?
  • You are eligible to apply only if you are able to complete your core courses prior to the start of the program. Students must be enrolled in their final courses at time of application.
What are some other considerations a student needs to think about before applying to the program?
  • Students must attend a real time, online class one day every other week. These classes and all course work must be completed on the student’s own time.
  • All students are encouraged to attend a two-day, face-to-face orientation prior to the start of the program. Orientations are typically held in Portland, OR  or Renton, WA.
If I am receiving the Providence St. Joseph Health Scholarship, are there any requirements I need to meet after completing the program?
  • Upon graduation, students must commit to work for Providence St. Joseph Health for the equivalent of two years of full-time nursing as a BSN or three years part-time (0.6 FTE) as a BSN.
  • Students and alumni must serve as a steward and role model of excellence in baccalaureate nursing practice.
  • Students and alumni may be asked to mentor a future student of the program, participate in student committees, and participate in surveys or other data collection activities that support the improvement of the program.
Can I potentially lose my Providence St. Joseph Health Scholarship?

Scholarship termination – may include but is not limited to:

  • Accumulation of more than one incomplete for any single semester or not resolving an incomplete by the end of the following semester.
  • Failing to maintain a Nursing Program GPA of 3.0.
  • Failing to maintain employment in a benefit-eligible position with Providence St. Joseph Health as defined as 0.6 FTE or greater (minimum 24 hours/week).
  • Losing the ability to practice as a RN.
  • Engaging in unprofessional behavior as a student of the nursing program.
  • Being placed on a disciplinary action plan or being terminated by Providence St. Joseph Health.
  • If a nursing student withdraws from a course(s) after the date in which tuition is nonrefundable, the student will be responsible for paying for the semester in which they return to the program. Scholarship funds cannot be used to repeat any given semester due to a withdrawal.
  • If a student fails a class, the student is responsible for paying for the repeated course. Scholarship funds cannot be used to repeat a failed course.