There is a lot to consider when you are thinking about advancing your nursing career. Which program can meet your needs as you move from an associate’s degree to a bachelor’s degree? Is it possible to balance educational and professional demands?
The most important thing to consider when evaluating RN to BSN programs is whether a program is accredited. Nursing school accreditation allows students to participate in state entitlement and federally funded programs. Graduates are qualified to pursue master’s or doctoral degrees at other accredited schools. Program accreditation is preferred by employers because graduates have been trained under nationally established standards. You should exercise caution if considering a non-accredited RN to BSN program as this may limit your career progression.
It is also vital to examine how a RN to BSN program will impact your time and finances. Undertaking a nursing degree can be time consuming and expensive. Nurses are already juggling a full schedule between work and family obligations. It’s necessary to determine if the program you are considering is affordable and can fit into your already busy schedule. Undertaking an online RN to BSN program may seem daunting, but it can be easier than it sounds. You will need to examine how courses are offered and what type of supports are offered to students.
FranU has been named a Carnegie Engaged Campus by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (CFAT). It is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
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Because Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is fully accredited, many courses are transferrable. Contact the university to which you are applying so they can advise you on which FranU Online courses will transfer.
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University makes nursing education affordable through a competitive tuition rate and by allowing you to transfer up to 90 credits obtained through completion of an associate’s degree program. In all, 24 credits must be taken at FranU in order to reach the total RN to BSN program requirements of 120 credit hours. The total cost of core nursing coursework is $12,205.92 (cost of attendance for upcoming year is subject to change). For additional information, visit the FranU Financial Services Page.
What about Financial Aid?
At Our Lady of the Lake College, more than 90% of the student body receives some form of financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships and loans. Fran U College also participates in the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) and the Louisiana Go Grant program. For more information call (844) 528-8604 or visit the Department of Education website.
A FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) should be completed as soon as possible so your application to the RN-BSN program can be processed in a timely manner. Fran U Online’s FAFSA code is 031062.
Is It Difficult to Obtain an Online Degree?
Fran U College’s RN-BSN program is offered 100% online and there are no mandatory login times. You take classes anywhere and at any time that works for you. The degree you receive is equivalent to a degree earned through on campus coursework.
You attend classes by logging in and accessing course materials through an internet capable device such as a computer, smartphone or tablet. Although you will be expected to complete assignments online, you can also work on them while logged off. Online class sizes vary but coursework is arranged in a way that allows you to participate individually and contribute to group discussions on your own time.
Are online classes difficult?
While online programs require you to be self-directed, FranU will assign you a Student Success Advisor who will help you achieve educational success. This advisor can answer any questions you might have and walk you through the online classroom. To participate in coursework, you will need to possess internet access, basic computer skills, and the ability to send email, navigate the Internet and install software.
How do I apply for the RN to BSN program?
You can complete an online application or contact an Admissions Representative at (844) 528-8604 to review all you need to know about FranU.