RN to BSN Program Details
The online RN to BSN program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is fully approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and holds accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
RN to BSN Program Curriculum
To enter the RN to BSN online program, the student must have completed an RN Program and have an active, permanent RN license. 30 hours of RN to BSN courses must be completed at FranU. Each online course is eight to sixteen weeks in length and can be completed 100% online. Students have the opportunity to take multiple courses at a time.
A full-time student can complete the required nursing courses toward the BSN in two semesters. Transfer credits for courses from other accredited institutions and credit-by-examination will be accepted according to Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University policy.
BSN Professional Program Courses:
- NURS 3340 | Evidence-Based Nursing
- This course explores nursing research and establishes a basis for evidence-based practice in nursing. Emphasis is placed on locating, evaluating and synthesizing evidence to inform nursing practice.
- NURS 3345 | Health Assessment
- This course provides opportunities for students to enhance assessment skills and analysis of data to guide nursing care. Students apply knowledge from the arts, sciences, and nursing to assess individuals and families across the lifespan.
- NURS 3350 | Professional Nursing Concepts
- This course will focus on professional socialization of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse through exploration of historical events and nursing theories and frameworks that have shaped professional nursing practice. Students will explore legal and ethical issues, professional engagement, and current trends in nursing.
- NURS 4300 | Leadership Principles in Nursing
- This course provides the students with the knowledge and skills to function as a nurse leader and change agent with the complex healthcare environment. Organizational structure, interpersonal communication, resource management, and leading change are addressed in the context of professional nursing.
- NURS 4335 | Healthcare Policy
- This course focuses on the impact of healthcare policies and laws, financing and reimbursement, regulatory guidelines, and globalization of healthcare on nursing practice and quality health outcomes. Students will explore the political, socioeconomic, and population factors that influence policy and practice.
- NURS 4725 | Community Health Nursing
- This course focuses on holistic nursing care for communities and populations. Students explore principles of public health nursing and factors influencing the health of communities and populations, including resources, barriers, and cultural and social contexts. The practice experience provides an opportunity to assess a community of interest and develop a plan of action for an identified need.
See our Program Guide for more information!
Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions by prospective students. You can view all our FAQs here.
Are your programs accredited?
- Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The RN to BSN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
Do you offer credits for work experience?
- No, unfortunately we do not. We do, however, have a generous transfer credit policy that allows you to potentially transfer more than 90 credits towards your bachelor’s degree.
How do I go to class?
- You go to class by logging in and accessing course materials through an internet capable device such as a computer, smartphone or tablet. Lectures, books and other materials are accessed online where you can read, listen to or watch them. Assignments are typically completed online as well, though you may work on them when not logged in.
How often will I go to class?
- There are no mandatory login times. You can login to read lectures or complete coursework as needed.
Financial Aid Opportunities
More than 90% of our student body receives some form of financial aid, making us one of the nation's most affordable private Catholic universities. Many of our students receive financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships and loans. Below you will find common financial aid opportunities.
- Subsidized Direct Stafford Loans are awarded based on financial need. You will not be charged (interest) while you are in school or, if applicable, for a six-month grace period once you graduate or drop below half-time enrollment.
- Unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loans are not awarded based on financial need. You will be charged interest from the time the loan is disbursed until the time the loan is paid in full. You do not need to repay the loan while you are in school or, if applicable, for a six-month grace period once you graduate or drop below half-time enrollment.
- Some employers have tuition reimbursement plans for staff who pursue additional schooling. Department managers and human resource officers are the best sources of information.
- The U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) administers a variety of benefits and services that provide financial and other forms of assistance to service members, veterans, their dependents and survivors. One of these benefits provides assistance to those who are pursuing a college education. Call your local veterans affairs office for more information.
- Grants are a great way to get assistance to pay for your college education. Grants are based on financial need and, unlike loans, they don’t have to be paid back. The most popular student grant is the Pell Grant. For additional information, including application requirements, visit the Department of Education website.
- Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University also participates in the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) and the Louisiana Go Grant program.
The first step to applying for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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What Our Students Are Saying
Dedicated, Personalized Support
Students enjoy comprehensive and personalized online support. We start by matching each online student with a dedicated Student Success Advisor who ensures students have what they need to succeed, including the necessary tools, information and resources.
In addition, we provide:
- Complimentary career and degree counseling
- Complimentary transfer credit evaluations
- Complimentary, private financial consultations
- Waived transcript and application fees
"Having been out of school for twenty three years, I really didn’t know if I could figure out all the technology and adapt to a new way of learning, but it almost seems easier than tradition classes."
"I love that I can pace myself and have unlimited resources at my fingertips. Online classes allow me the freedom to continue to spend time with my family and maintain my fitness goals. I never imagined I would be able to do all those things at once.
Sonja Lee, online RN to BSN Student