Frequently Asked Questions

Questions and Answers

1. What are the key features of the RN–BSN Program?

  • The program is 100% online.
  • There are five start times per year: twice in the spring and fall, once in the summer.
  • The upper–division nursing courses build on previous knowledge and experience.
  • Full–time faculty with expertise in nursing and online education are available to students.
  • Student support available including: academic advisors, librarians, technical support, Writing Center and Student Success Center.

2. What pre–requisite courses do I need before I start the program?

  • Students who signed a Pathway agreement with an Arizona Community College will have completed all prerequisite and co-requisite courses at their community college prior to enrolling at ASU.
  • Students who have not signed a Pathway agreement must complete the following prerequisite courses before starting the RN–BSN program:
    • ENG 101 – Composition I
    • ENG 102 – Composition II
    • Statistics course such as SWU 321 – Statistics for Social Workers or SOC 390 – Social Statistics I
  • In addition, Non–Pathway students must complete the co–requisite courses before taking NUR 464 Capstone: The Synthesis of Professional Nursing. The Following co–requisite courses may be taken concurrently with upper division nurse courses:
    • BIO 201 – Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
    • BIO 202 – Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
    • MIC 205 – Microbiology (3 credits)
    • CHM 101 – Introduction to Chemistry (4 credits)
    • PSG 101 – Introduction to Psychology or CDE 232 – Human Development (3 credits)
    • MAT 142 – College Math (3 credits)
    • Humanities Elective (3 credits)

3. What courses will I take in the RN–BSN program?

There are ten upper division courses for a total of 38 credits. Nine of the 10 courses are nursing courses and one is a writing course. In the first semester, the student will do one of the following:
  • Take TWC 361 (Writing for Healthcare Management) alone or
  • Take TWC 361 and NUR 391 (Professional Nursing Theory) at the same time.
    • If new to online learning, It is recommended that a student take TWC 361 in one session followed by NUR 391 in another session.
  • NUR 315 (Methods and Critical Appraisal for Evidence-Based Practice) is the third course that is taken.
  • After NUR 315, students may take one to two nursing courses a session (two to four courses per semester).
  • Upper-division core requirements must be take prior to NUR 464 (Capstone: The Synthesis of Professional Nursing).

4. How long are the courses?

TWC 361 and each nursing course are seven and a half weeks long in spring and fall, summer courses are eight weeks.

5. Are there clinicals?

Yes, there are practical application activities (clinicals) that are completed in the student's geographic area under the supervision of RN-BSN faculty.

6. What are the admission criteria for the RN–BSN program?

  • Active RN license in good standing to practice in the state or country in which the student is working.
  • Effective fall 2012, students entering the program will need an RN license that is in good standing with the Board of Nursing.
  • GPA of 2.5 is required for undergraduate course work. Pre–requisite courses require a grade of “C” or better. Non–Pathway students need 2.5 cumulative GPA; Pathway students need 2.5 select GPA.

7. How do I get started?

  • Complete the online admission application to ASU as an undergraduate Nursing major.
  • Contact an RN-BSN advisor at (602) 496–2197 for questions.

8. Can I transfer credits from a community college program?

Yes. You may transfer up to 64 credit hours from a regionally accredited community college in the United States. ASU has established special partnerships with the community colleges in Arizona.

You may transfer up to 75 credit hours if you are from one of these community colleges and sign the pathway acknowledgement form. If you are a community college student in Arizona, please see your nursing advisor at your college to determine pathway eligibility.

9. Can I transfer credits from a diploma program?

Credits earned at a regionally accredited college or university is applied toward the BSN degree. Other diploma courses require credit by examination.

10. How much will the program cost?

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11. What do I need to be successful in the program?

  • Study time and study skills
  • Computer purchased within last two years
  • Word processing skills—experience with office software
  • Ability to send/respond to email
  • Internet access—high speed, cable or satellite
  • Support system from family and/or friends

12. Are scholarships or financial aid available?

Yes. See Scholarships Information for general information or review the nursing and health scholarships. Each of the categories listed are comprised of endowed and/or annual gifts held at the ASU Foundation for a New American University. The dollar value of each scholarship varies, as do the requirements for each scholarship, which are based on the criteria established by the donor of the scholarship.

For additional scholarships external to ASU and the college, please see other scholarship listing. Note: These other scholarships require a separate application process and they are not administered by the College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

13. Can I transfer credits from a regionally accredited college or university?

Yes. You may transfer credits from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. Advisors will review your transcripts for transfer credits.

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