Frequently Asked Questions about the Online RN to BSN Degree Program
Is there a clinical component?
There is a minimal clinical requirement in the course Promoting Healthy Communities. We will work with you to ensure that you can fit it into your schedule where you live.
Are challenge exams available to earn course credit?
Yes. Students who have been admitted to Gannon University, Villa Maria School of Nursing are eligible to take challenge examinations to earn course credit. The faculty determines challenge exams. Challenge examinations are graded on a pass/fail basis. Challenge examination course credit is documented on the student’s transcript by the Registrar following the payment of credit fees.
Can I get credit for work experience?
At Gannon, we recognize and value your professional experience. To avoid having to waste time and money re-learning things, we offer a portfolio option in which you can write papers incorporating your experience and learning instead of taking specific classes. Your academic advisor will guide you through this process upon being admitted into the program.
What are the instructor’s qualifications and experience?
Our faculty members are practicing nurses with both academic expertise and extensive professional experience. Almost one third of our faculty members have completed or are in the process of completing a doctorate degree, and all faculty possess a master’s degree.
Is Gannon’s RN-BSN program accredited?
Yes. The RN to BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, CCNE (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036; 202-887-6791).
Where can I find nursing scholarships opportunities?
The US Department of Health and Human Services offers a variety of loans and scholarships to encourage and enable clinicians to work in underserved areas. Visit the site here.
How does online learning work?
You will have access to an online learning interface with email, a chat function, and discussion message boards. Each week you will go online to get your assignment and coursework. When you log on is up to you, but you need to complete each week’s assignments by the deadlines set by your instructor. Before classes begin, you will attend an online orientation that will help familiarize you with the online learning system so that you can focus on your education as opposed to learning how to utilize the system.
What kind of support is there in case I have questions or need help?
You will be able to ask your instructors and classmates questions through email, chat or the discussion boards. In addition, you will have access to a Gannon University advisor for the duration of the program. For technical questions and issues, we offer 24/7 technical support to ensure you always have an avenue to reach out to for assistance.
Have more questions? Contact us today at 877-497-5854 to speak to an admissions advisor, or request more information.