RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The set of questions and answers outlined below can help you learn more about our program, delivery method, application and admission process, financial aid options and how to succeed as an online student at UofL.
Why should I choose UofL?
The UofL School of Nursing offers an RN-BSN program in an academic health sciences center. Students benefit from the focused curriculum and personal attention of the faculty in a large, metropolitan university setting. Our 100% online courses are taught by well-prepared nursing faculty who are engaged in nursing practice, scholarship, and community service, but also committed to quality distance learning programming. The RN-BSN Program is CCNE accredited.
What are the benefits of online learning?
Online learning at UofL provides learning that is independent of time and location. Rather than gathering in a classroom, students and instructors use technology to interact. Classes follow the same semester calendar as traditional classes, however students only need a computer and Internet access to complete their coursework. Our program structure allows registered nurses to maintain their professional engagements while earning their BSN online.
Is online learning right for me?
The online program offers both flexibility and convenience; however, students must be disciplined to complete course assignments within identified time frames as defined in the course syllabi.
Are there any helpful tips for online learning success?
Check your school email every day. In order to be in compliance with FERPA regulations, instructors, advisors and the university communicate with students via their school email account. Check Blackboard at least every two days.
What are the technology requirements for the online program?
Access to a computer and the Internet are required. MAC or PC format is acceptable. Advanced computer skills are not a requirement to complete the program. For details go to http://louisville.edu/online/Student-Resources/tech. The program uses Blackboard for course access and assignments, with support provided seven days a week by the UofL Help Desk.
When can I start?
As an added benefit of 8-week terms, the RN-BSN program offers multiple start options each semester. Currently, students can begin the program in August, October, January and March. If you are a new ADN graduate but are not yet licensed, you may start the program. You are required to obtain your RN license by the end of the first semester in order to progress.
I am on active duty. Can I take online classes at UofL?
Yes! You can take online classes from anywhere in the world, provided you have consistent Internet access. Our faculty and staff are very supportive of those who serve the country here in U.S. or around the world and work hard to provide all needed learning resources so you can succeed.
What academic resources are available for online students?
UofL offers several services for online students including:
- A Virtual Writing Center to assist with writing assignments
- Virtual tutoring services available for all undergraduate students
- Library services, including the “Ask a Librarian” feature from the library website
- IT support available from morning through the evening
Is there a length of time before my credits expire?
For licensed RNs, there is no expiration date for previously earned credits.
Can I transfer credit from another school?
The RN-BSN online program’s admission requirements include an associate degree or a diploma in nursing. You must submit transcripts from all undergraduate institutions you attended. Upon review, some or all credit may be applied to your degree program. You can also find transfer equivalency resources online at: louisville.edu/admissions/apply/transfer.
How does the portfolio course, and the $14,000 in tuition savings, work?
The portfolio course is worth 30 college credit hours at no charge. Credits count towards completion of your BSN. The portfolio is an electronic record of professional documents related to your nursing education, practice, and accomplishments. While assembling the portfolio is required for the program, it will be useful documentation for promotions, job applications and other professional activities. Your RN-BSN Program Director will assist you in developing your Portfolio.
Are there any clinicals for the RN-BSN?
Students enrolled in the RN-BSN online program will complete a community leadership practicum; which can be completed at a location of choice in your local area.
What do students pay for?
Students pay for books and pay tuition for the 31 core RN-BSN credit hours and any required Cardinal Core (general education), program, or elective courses. There are no additional course fees.
Please submit an Information Request Form to connect with us and obtain more details about our program. An enrollment counselor will contact you promptly to provide assistance.