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Nursing FAQ

Who is the RN to BSN program for?
The RN to BSN program is for RNs who already have their associate’s degree in nursing and wish to earn their Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing (BSN). The RN to BSN program is designed for working RNs with classes offered online, and in the classroom, one or two days per week 8 weeks each.
How long is the program?
Students typically take two to four courses per semester which will take between four and eight semesters (summers included). Full time students can complete the program in four semester (sixteen months).
How do I know if my prerequisite coursework will transfer to St. Catharine College?
Credits can transfer to the RN to BSN program if the course is from an accredited institution, if the course is college level (100 level or higher in most institutions), and if the course meets the grade requirement of a “C” or higher.
Which classes should I take first, and then what?
After being accepted to the program, you will meet with the program chair and discuss a plan that works with your schedule. This is important because you must complete all of the prerequisites, guided electives and core curriculum courses in order to earn the degree.
Do I have to have my RN license in order to apply?
You must have a degree or diploma in nursing prior to officially enrolling in the program. If you are waiting to take the NCLEX, you must indicate your NCLEX test date on your application and send us a copy of your RN license as soon as it is received.  You have to posses a RN license to take the NUR courses (see curriculum plan).
It has been years since I got my associate’s degree/took nursing coursework. When do my credits expire?
For the RN to BSN program, prerequisite/co-requisite coursework does not expire.
When can I apply to the RN to BSN program and when can I start?
Applications for the RN to BSN are accepted year around. Typically you may register for the next 8 week course in the very next semester (fall, spring, or summer) depending on when you apply and are accepted.
How long does it take to find out if I am accepted after I turn in my application and transcripts?
Usually this can be accomplished in just a few days, depending on how long it takes to verify credentials, and previous degrees earned.
What do I need to do to apply?
Download an application from the St. Catharine College Nursing Web Page, fill it out and either mail it to the Chair of Nursing at St. Catharine College or bring it in. It is important also to order transcripts to be sent to the Chair as well. A contingent admission can be granted with unofficial copies, but you will not be officially admitted until all of your official transcripts are received. If you bring your official transcripts in, make sure you do not open the envelopes.

How much does the program cost, and how can I pay?
 Please contact the Admissions Office for costs. Payment can be made through financial aid, or directly by the student. Many institutions will help pay for RNs to earn their BSN as well.
Are there any other costs besides tuition?  
In addition to the cost of books and course materials each term, there is a one-time non-refundable application fee of $50 which is due with the application. The application fee can be paid by check, cash, credit card, or money order (credit or debit card payments must be handled at the business office).

Can I get financial aid for St. Catharine College Nursing courses?
The Financial Aid Office at St. Catharine College handles a variety of financial aid programs including grants, scholarships and loans for eligible students. Many types of aid require full-time study (at least 12 credits per term), however, some financial aid programs are available at a half-time enrollment level (at least 6 credits per term). Many financial aid programs have very early application deadlines. For a list of financial aid sources, contact the Financial Aid Office at 859-336-5082 Ext. 1214

RN to BSN Program Handbook 2012