Frequently Asked Questions about the Nursing Degree Program


Is there a clinical component?
There is a minimal clinical requirement in the NURS 203: Transition to Professional Nursing and NURS 414: Promoting Healthy Communities courses. We will work with you to ensure that you can fit these requirements into your schedule where you live.

Are CLEP exams available to earn course credit?
Yes, students who have been admitted to Gannon University, Villa Maria School of Nursing are eligible to CLEP out of DIET 202: Nutrition. Please contact your Program Manager or Student Services Coordinator for additional information on this option.

Can I get credit for work experience?
At Gannon, we recognize and value your professional experience. In an effort to save money and avoid learning about topics you may have years of experience with, we offer a portfolio option in which you utilize the 14-weeks of a semester to prepare a portfolio incorporating your work experience instead of taking specific classes. The portfolio option is available for three nursing courses: NURS 404: Nurse Power Politics, NURS 408: Management and Leadership in Nursing and NURS 414: Promoting Healthy Communities. The portfolio process is addressed during NURS 203: Transition to Professional Nursing Course and must be approved by the assigned faculty member or Program Director; students will be evaluated for the portfolio option during NURS 203, which is primarily based on work experience covered within each course.

What are the instructor’s qualifications and experience?
Our nursing school 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 and discussion message boards. 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 or the discussion boards. In addition, you will have access to your Student Services Coordinator 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. The 24/7 Personal Support Center can be reached at (877) 497-5854 Ext. 4.

Have more questions? Contact us today at 877.497.5854 to speak to an admissions advisor, or request more information.