FAQ

What if I have been out of school for a long time?
Have no fear! Nurses are uniquely adept at new learning. The occupation itself continues to evolve and change, and as it becomes more research-oriented and data driven, you constantly have to incorporate new technology and adapt clinical protocols to offer your patients the highest quality care possible. In addition, the first course in the RN to BSN degree program is “Orientation to Online Learning,” a class specifically designed to help you make the shift from traditional classroom instruction to web-based education and also helps with time management.

Is the RN to BSN degree program only offered online?
Yes.

How can I be sure I have completed the correct general education requirements?
Contact the Registrar’s office of the college(s) you attended. Ask to have a copy of your transcript mailed to you or give you access to it via their website. Compare the courses you have taken with the general education course details that are listed here. If those courses were taken at an accredited college or university and they match the information on our site, they will likely qualify. Final determination of that will not be made until your application is completed and official transcripts are received by our Registrar.

After applying what is my next step?
You will then request official transcripts from high school and all colleges you have attended. Official transcripts cab be mailed directly from your previous institution to ours, or hand delivered in a sealed envelope.  For students who graduated from our College of Nursing, you do not need to request transcripts for courses taken as part of your diploma program because we have them on file.

I have some additional general education courses to complete before I apply. Before I register for them, how can I be sure a course will satisfy the general education requirement?
You may send your email inquiry to the Laura Vasel, program manager, along with the course name, course number, name of the college or university and a description of the course for tentative approval. Final approval will only be made by our Registrar after applying.

How will I be attending classes?
Classes are offered through the Blackboard learning management system online. The courses are asynchronous, which means you attend your online class when it is convenient for you. All courses have modules that list the learning objectives, individual assignments, required readings and discussion questions with due dates.

How much time will I spend on the coursework?
Generally, students spend two to three times the number of hours in studying and completing assignments as the credit hours per week of your course (e.g., plan to devote six to nine hours weekly on every 3-credit course.

I am currently enrolled in an RN to BSN program at another college/university. Can I transfer to your program?
No. All RN to BSN program courses must be completed at Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing.

How will I communicate with faculty?
This is a distance education program. You will communicate with faculty via email from your BSMCON student email account, Ask the Faculty discussion board thread, Skype or by telephone. Faculty members have virtual office hours online.

I am not a good writer. Are there many writing assignments?
Because of the distance education environment, the only way you present yourself is in writing. Each course varies in the required number of papers. You are expected to format papers in APA style. There are opportunities to develop your writing and APA formatting skills in NUR 3208, “Orientation to Online Learning.” There are also resources available in Blackboard to help you with your writing skills.

My computer skills are not the best. What type of computer skills do I need for this program?
You will need to be proficient in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. Many health care organizations and public libraries offer computer courses. Please contact the Human Resources Department or nearest public library for the dates and times of these course offerings. We suggest you take basic Microsoft Word and PowerPoint courses or review the program tutorials prior to starting the program if you are not experienced with these programs.

Will I be able to apply for federal financial aid?
Yes. The Financial Aid Office at the College can assist you. Please call 804-627-5301 for more information or view the financial aid information on this site.

If you have additional quesions, please contact Program Director, Laura Vasel, MSN, RN, CPNP, (804)316-0363.