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FAQs - RN to BSN

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Who can apply to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program?
This program is designed for the Registered Nurse (RN) who wants to obtain a bachelor’s degree. You must have a license to practice nursing in the state of Florida, and have a minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA and 2.5 Nursing GPA in order to apply to the RN-BSN program. Diploma program graduates holding a Florida registered nurse license must obtain an associate of science degree before making application to the RN-BSN Program. This one hundred twenty (120) credit hour program incorporates the AA and AS lower division coursework as the foundation of the baccalaureate program. If you are not a nurse and wish to pursue this career choice, you can apply to the Associate in Science Nursing Program housed at Broward College’s Health Science Building.
When is the deadline for applications?
The deadline for the winter session is August 30th.
The deadline for the fall session is March 30th.
When will admission decisions be made?
Admission decisions for this program will be made on the 4th Friday in September and May of each year.
When will admission letters be mailed?
Admission letters will be mailed upon receipt of approvals by the BSN Admission's committee.
When is the program orientation?
Please call the RN-BSN Program (954-201-4880) for time and location.
How long is the program?
The core nursing curriculum length is approximately 3 semesters (12 months) for full time students and 16 months for part time.
Is this a full-time or part-time program?
We offer both. Speak with your advisor for more information.
How much will the current program cost and can I get financial aid for this program?

College tuition cost per credit hour is $91.79 in-state and $476.51 out-of-state (this does not include other college fees).

These rates are subject to change before the program starts. Please refer to the College’s website for the most current rates: http://www.broward.edu/tuition/Pages/default.aspx
What class options are available?

Combined face-to-face classes are offered one day a week. Fully online classes are offered in a synchronous and asynchronous format. Clinical or practicum experiences are offered on a separate day in the school week and may include a weekend class.

Can I work full-time while I am enrolled in this program?
Yes, the RN-BSN Program was designed specifically for the working RN. We also offer student advising before beginning the program to further discuss work schedules and attending school full-time.
Many of our current BSN students have family responsibilities and most work full or part-time while in the program.  Some students may need to make adjustments to their schedule during the practicum courses. We also offer a part-time and fully online track for students who are unable to attend our face-to-face full-time program.
Can I get financial aid for this program?

Yes, Broward College programs are affordable and the costs are considerably lower than University costs. There are many options available through the student financial aid office for those who qualify. For more information, go to: http://www.broward.edu/financialaid

Is student advisement available?

Yes, the RN-BSN program has a student advisor that is specifically designated for this program. The program requires three mandatory advisement meetings. These take place before you start the program, half way through the program, and before graduation.

I have an Associate of Science (A.S.) or Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.). Will I need to take general education courses in addition to the nursing curriculum?
Yes, you will need to take general education courses in addition to the nursing core curriculum.  You may take these courses before entering the program, concurrent with your nursing courses, or in some cases, after completing the nursing courses.  Keep in mind that you may complete these general education courses at your local college or at BC and either online or face to face.  You will need to complete all general education courses and requirements in order to receive your diploma.  Use the Checklist provided to help you determine the general education courses that are required. 
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I am currently a student in a BSN program at another institution. How can I transfer to the RN-BSN program at BC?
Registered nurses who wish to transfer from another BSN program to the RN-BSN program at BC must complete the application process as a new student to BC. In addition, they may submit the course syllabi/descriptions for BSN courses completed elsewhere to the Associate Dean for the RN-BSN Program at BC. Students must complete at least 30 of the upper division BSN credits through BC.
Can I transfer this degree to another college or university?
Broward College and the RN-BSN Program are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to deliver select Bachelor’s Degree programs. The RN-BSN Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Degrees or credits obtained from a regionally accredited institution will typically be accepted at most universities.
I would like to take a basic computer literacy course in preparation for this program. Which one do you recommend?

Currently, the best one to take at BC is CGS 1060C: Basic Computer and Internet Literacy. 

Do I need to take a foreign language?
If you have not successfully completed two consecutive years of the same foreign language in high school, in the United States, you will need to complete 8 credits (two semesters) of one foreign language at the college level.  If you took two years in high school, you must submit your high school transcript for validation of completion of this requirement.  American Sign Language courses can be taken to complete the foreign language requirement.  Students may also take the College Level Exam Program (CLEP) for foreign language (students must present official exam results). If you earned an accredited AA or bachelor’s degree prior to 9/1/89, you are exempt from the foreign language requirement.
Can I receive credit for Experiential Learning?

Experiential Learning, developed primarily for working adults, is designed to recognize the academic value of what students have learned through experiences outside the college classroom. Credit for experiential learning may result from work experience, employment-related training programs and seminars, volunteer work, travel, military service or intensive self-directed study. If students have gained BC course equivalent knowledge, competencies, and/or skills as a result of prior learning experiences, they may be able to earn academic credit through the Experiential Learning for lower division and upper division coursework.

Is there a fee requirement to receive academic credit for prior learning experiences?

Experiential learning credits are not available for all BC courses. Students who have been admitted and who have decided on an academic program may challenge courses through Experiential Learning. Students can obtain information from the academic department(s) responsible for the course(s) that the student wishes to challenge. Students who receive permission to challenge a course from an authorized faculty assessor must pay the required assessment fees and satisfactorily pass a faculty-administered learning assessment before credit can be awarded.

How do I know when BSN courses start and end?

Each BSN course will be taught in an eight or six week session.  You will be taking two to four BSN courses at a time.  It is best to review the RN-BSN sample course schedule as it does not follow the traditional college calendar. 

How much time during the week will I need to spend on my courses?
Expect to spend between 7 to 15 hours a week to complete course activities, papers, projects and other requirements.
What is a "cohort"?
Students begin the BSN classes in either January or August as part of a group called a cohort.  Each cohort consists of at least two smaller groups of approximately 20-40 students called learning communities.  New students have the option of enrolling in the online learning community or the face-to-face learning community that meets once per week at an agreed upon time. It is intended that you will progress from course to course through the entire program with this group of learners.  A cohort design fosters connectivity and team collaboration within courses.
Is there much writing required in the BSN program?
Yes, this program has a writing intensive curriculum.  It is expected that students have an excellent command of written English language, and that written work is at the baccalaureate level.  Student assessment is mostly derived from written communication via papers, projects, e-mail and discussion forums. The approved writing style guide for the RN-BSN Program is the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) Manual. 
Do I need to have a particular type of computer and software in order to take online courses?
BC has an informational page on the particular computer hardware needs for online courses. The computer software that is required for completion of writing and project assignments is Microsoft Word 98 or higher (with PowerPoint): Microsoft Office for Students and Teachers OR Microsoft Office Professional are both excellent choices to purchase if necessary.
What online program does Broward College use for the RN-BSN courses?
BC currently utilizes Desire2Learn, a robust learning management system (LMS) that houses all online, blended, and web enhanced courses.  Students can log into the LMS 24/7 from any Internet-connected computer to read course content, submit assignments, communicate via e-mail, participate in threaded discussions, and take exams.  Students have access to their grade book at all times where they can also view specific feedback on assignments by the professor. At the Broward College’s  New Student Orientation (which can be attended in person or viewed online), you will be given a thorough orientation to Desire2Learn and online learning.
Is there a clinical component or requirement for this program?
Yes, the RN-BSN program has an on-campus Advanced Health Assessment lab, a Community Health Practicum, Capstone Practicum, and an elective End-of-Life simulated/experiential clinical component. These clinical/laboratory courses are designed to enhance your interviewing and interactive techniques. Students will need these skills to obtain and communicate systematic and culturally-appropriate health examinations in selected community based clinical activities. The Capstone Practicum is designed to enhance your knowledge and expertise in selected areas of nursing practice, research, management and education.
Will you accept transfer credits from any U.S institution?

Broward College accepts transfer credits from all regionally accredited institutions. Check with your institution for current accreditation status.

Who can I contact for more information?
Feel free to contact us if you have any comments or concerns. We can also assist you with any application questions if you need help.
 
RN-BSN Program Office
Phone: 954-201-4880
Email: bsn@broward.edu
Broward College Central Campus
Building 9, Room 200
3501 Davie Road
Davie, FL 33314
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