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.
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.
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
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 may transfer such credit from any regionally-accredited university. 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 consists of a Nursing CV/Resume, Goal Statements, Transcripts, Degree/Certificates earned, professional development, employee evaluations and other documents supporting your practice as a professional nurse.
Are there any clinicals for the RN-BSN?
Students enrolled in the RN-BSN online program will complete a community project, which can be completed at a location of choice and will fulfill the clinical requirement. This is typically a much less a rigorous clinical component than students completed in their previous nursing programs.
What do students pay for?
The program has only 31 nursing credit hours, with no additional fees, meaning students (or their employers) know exactly what the nursing curriculum costs. Prospective students should speak with an enrollment counselor to determine any needed pre-requisite courses.
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