RN to BSN Online Program FAQs

Your questions about the RN to BSN program answered.

How long will it take to complete the program?

You will be able to complete the program within 12-18 months, depending on the number of credits transferred from other colleges.

How are courses in the RN to BSN Online program scheduled?

The program is set up with two seven-week modules each semester (fall, spring, and summer). You may choose part-time or full-time study.

How will I know if my credits will transfer into my degree program?

You must send copies of transcripts from all colleges attended. Once these have been reviewed, an official evaluation of transfer credits will be provided upon acceptance to the University. As many as 90 credits may be transferred from community and four-year colleges.

What are the admission requirements?

You must have graduated from school of nursing registered/accredited by the state with an associate’s degree or diploma and have a RN license with current registration to practice or pass the NCLEX exam before the end of the first semester.

Do I need to be a working RN?

No, you do not need to be currently employed. You must have a RN license and be currently registered to practice prior to enrolling in a course requiring clinical learning activities.

What is included in the program?

The RN to BSN program combines a rigorous professional education building on previous education and professional experience with a sound foundation in the liberal arts. The nursing curriculum focuses on advancing and refining skills in areas such as leadership, ethics, physical assessment, evidence-based practice, patient-centered care, caring for diverse populations, and more.

Is the program completely online?

Yes, all coursework is taken online and there are no clinical courses. To enable you to apply new knowledge to practice, some learning activities are experiential. The clinical learning experiences are embedded within three specific courses and are project-based.

What does an online course at Fisher look like?

Online courses are taught through the campus course management system, Brightspace. Courses are taught primarily in an asynchronous fashion, meaning that you can complete assignments at a time that is convenient for you within a given time period defined by the instructor. You will log into Brightspace on a regular basis to access course materials, view video lectures and participate in discussion activities with the class. You will also work in small groups and individually on projects and submit your work to the instructor through Brightspace. Occasionally, some courses may incorporate synchronous, real-time activities, such as student group meetings, student presentations, or listening to guest speakers.

What are the technology requirements?

You will need to have a computer, webcam, a headset with a microphone, and a high-speed Internet connection. For more specific details and recommendations, please see these detailed technology requirements.

Will there be an online orientation?

Yes. A brief online student orientation is required. You will complete the orientation a few weeks prior to the start of your first online course.

How can I get help if I need it?

The course faculty members from the Wegmans School of Nursing are actively involved with students and provide feedback throughout the entire module. Faculty members are available to work with you should you need additional help.

What online academic services are available to RN to BSN students?

You will have on-demand, 24/7 access to online tutoring through Brainfuse. You may access this service through your mySJF Launchpad.

What is the RN to BSN to MS Fast-Track?

While earning your bachelor's degree, you may substitute graduate nursing courses from the M.S. program for two undergraduate courses. This accelerated approach allows you to complete a master's degree in nursing in less time.

Is the program accredited?

Yes, accreditation of the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in nursing has been granted by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the New York State Education Department.

What is the tuition?

For the most current cost information, visit the Undergraduate Tuition and Fees page.

Is there financial aid available?

Yes, federal and state grant and loan programs are available for eligible students. For more detailed information, please visit our Costs and Financial Aid for Online RN to BSN page.

Who do I contact for more information about the online nursing program?

Contact Kristin Blake, the online enrollment services counselor at kblake@sjf.edu or (585) 385-8064.