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The School of Nursing at USI understands that RN-BSN students will have many questions regarding the program and each individual has a different situation. We have compiled the following list of to 10 FAQ’s to assist our current and prospective students. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the Student Advising Center.
- How to I apply to the program?
- How can I find out what courses I need to take?
- How much does the program cost?
- How long will it take to get my degree?
- I don't understand the USI CORE. What is that?
- How long are the courses?
- How are the classes taught? What software is used?
- Can I get credit for my work or military experience?
- Am I required to come to USI for any reason while completing the program?
- Can I CLEP/test out of any of the non-nursing courses?
How do I apply?
The first step is to apply to the University of Southern Indiana. This is done through the Office of Admissions, please keep in mind that this requires a $35 fee and requests all transcripts of previous college/university coursework. The second step is to complete the application requirements for the RN-BSN program. To view the application requirements for admission click here.
How can I find out what courses to take?
The answer depends upon an evaluation of your previous coursework completed through your associates/diploma degree. While we are more than happy to review transcripts and provide an unofficial evaluation of your courses, official evaluation is completed by the Office of the Registrar upon acceptance to the University of Southern Indiana. The BSN curriculum is listed to provide you a snap shot of the courses you will be completing with your Bachelors, however, the Plan of Study Worksheet that will be provided to you upon Acceptance will give you an exact layout of the courses needed to complete your BSN.
How much does the program cost?
Regardless of your geographical location in the United States, the cost per credit hour is considered in-state undergraduate rates. The 2010-2011 undergraduate cost per credit hour is $187.64. We are unable to provide an exact estimate for the completion of the program as each student’s requirements to complete the BSN varies.
How long will it take to get my degree?
The amount of time required to complete the degree will depend upon how rapidly you wish to complete the courses. If you are working full time, one or two courses a semester may be an appropriate course load. If you are working part time, more than two courses each semester may be feasible. The total number of credits you are transferring and your schedule requirements will also determine the length of time needed to complete the degree.
How long are the courses?
The University of Southern Indiana is a traditional college in that our courses run the traditional 16 weeks in the fall and spring semesters with shorted summer sessions available.
I don't understand the USI Core. What is that?
Through the CORE Curriculum, USI seeks to provide students a well rounded education through non-specialized, non-vocational learning. Encouraging the views that students are first human beings, and equipping them to harness their full intellectual, aesthetic, emotional, and physical resources to improve their lives and the lives of those around them, the program is based on the premise that students must know themselves and their world before they can become responsive and responsible leaders. More information about the USI CORE and its goals can be found online at the USI CORE website.
How are the courses taught?
All courses are offered through Distance Education techniques, specifically through virtual classroom software called Blackboard® To watch a tutorial video about Blackboard® at USI visit mms://hpwms.usi.edu/2010tech/blackboard_helpsession_12_2010.wmv Each instructor has the liberty of designing the course as they seem fit, through streamed lectures, readings, coursework, group work, however all online courses taught at USI utilize Blackboard® to deliver the course content.
Can I get credit for work or military experience?
Yes, students who served in the military can receive some credit for military medical service. The Veteran Affairs Office and your Faculty Advisor will assist you in this process. Students who have received their RN licensure will receive 36 credit hours towards nursing courses required for the BSN degree. The courses that the student will receive credit for are: N246, N357, N361, N364, N368, N468, and N456.
Am I required to come to the USI campus at any time during the completion of my degree?
While there may be activities that are held on the USI campus, you will not be required to attend these events, streaming video of the event will be arranged. We welcome you to attend graduation, however you are not required to come to campus at any time.
Can I test out/CLEP any of the non-nursing courses?
Testing out or using CLEP exams is possible and should be discussed with your advisor. For a listing of the courses CLEP exam credits are accepted please visit: http://www.usi.edu/reg/pdf/CLEPcredit.pdf