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RN-BSN Degree Program FAQs

RN-BSN Degree Program FAQs

RN-BSN Degree Program FAQs

Below, you'll find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the RN to BSN online degree program from Sacred Heart University.

What are the admission requirements?

To be considered for admission, candidates must have the following:

  • a current, unencumbered RN license
  • Associates's Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing
  • a GPA of 2.5 or above
  • résumé
  • statement of professional goals
  • two letters of recommendation
  • Proof of malpractice insurance

Who are the instructors in the online RN to BSN degree program?

The same faculty members who teach on-campus at Sacred Heart University teach our online courses. Our distinguished faculty members have years of clinical experience and in many cases have studied Nursing Education and perform scholarly research. Read about their backgrounds on the RN to BSN Faculty page.

What types of students take the online RN to BSN degree program?

Our students are mainly full-time, working adult RNs who are returning to school to get their bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited nursing program that has been regionally and nationally recognized for excellence. Our BSN students are seeking career opportunities, often with a values-based curriculum. Students are located throughout the US; the geographic diversity among students can help provide a rich learning experience thanks to the varying perspectives offered during discussions.

Do I have to take classes at a certain time?

No. Because coursework is completely asynchronous, you don’t have to worry about being online at inconvenient times every day. Our flexible online format allows students to access courses 24/7.

When can I start the program? Does it have to be in the fall?

No, our Academic Calendar offers six modules, or start dates, throughout the year, and our admissions team is experienced in helping students gauge how classes will integrate with their schedules, so you’re certain to find a start date that meets your needs.

How much time does it take to complete courses in the online RN-BSN degree program?

Online nursing programs require as much time and effort as a traditional campus RN to BSN course. In general, we suggest that you plan on spending between twelve to fifteen hours each week per course. Depending on your background and familiarity with the subject matter, you might be required to invest more time.

How long is each class session?

Each class session is eight weeks long.

How long will it take to complete my BSN degree?

The answer is dependent on whether you need to complete pre-requisite courses, and whether you have qualifying transfer credits. With maximum credit transfers, the program may take about 1.5 years to complete, or about 3 years taking one class at a time. The admissions adviser can help provide a better picture of your curriculum needs. Keep in mind you have the flexibility to take terms off due to home, family, and job commitments.

How computer savvy do I need to be and what equipment do I need?

You must know how to:

  • Have experience with using the Internet to communicate and find information
  • Use word processing software (Microsoft Word)
  • Download files
  • Read and send e-mail, attach document files to e-mail messages, etc.

You will need a computer with an up-to-date operating system and a connection to the Internet.

Why do I have to carry malpractice insurance to take classes?

All medical professionals must carry malpractice insurance.  In the case of a lawsuit, a nurse can be held responsible alongside his or her employer. In addition, an employer’s coverage may not be sufficient to cover damages and settlements. It is in your best interest to carry sufficient insurance for yourself. An admissions representative can help you identify appropriate insurance providers.

Are there opportunities to study or conduct clinicals abroad?

Yes, Sacred Heart University offers nursing students the opportunity to travel internationally via Global Programs. For more information on upcoming trips and opportunities, please visit the Global Programs page.

Are there any state restrictions?

Sacred Heart University is able to offer these online programs to residents of most states in the U.S., but is still awaiting full approval from a few select states. Please consult the State Authorizations page to determine if you are located in a state in which Sacred Heart University can confer an online degree or call us at (877) 791-7181 for any questions.

How do I get started?

You can apply online. Then, review the RN-BSN admissions checklist to ensure you have all the necessary documentation to complete your admissions file. If you have questions, click here or call 877-791-7181 to speak to an Admissions team member.