Choosing a BSN Program
Online RN to BSN Programs are Different
There are small and BIG differences between online RN to BSN programs. Make sure you choose the BSN program that is right for you by knowing the answers to these questions.
Are There Video Lectures or Do I Just Read Online?
Many programs are purely reading books on the Internet and taking tests. JU’s online RN to BSN degree program is different because we keep you engaged through streaming video lectures, along with textbooks, study guides and CDs! View and review your lectures as many times as needed for an advanced learning experience. Check out the online demo to see the advantage JU nursing students have over other nursing students.
How Do I Take Tests? Do I Have to Go to a Testing Center?
Some online nursing programs require you to take proctored exams at testing centers, which involves traveling to testing centers and paying fees. With Jacksonville University, you take all your tests online at your home or office.
Are the Laboratory Science and General Education Courses 100% Online?
Depending on the courses you took for your associate’s or diploma, you may still need to take a lab science course such as chemistry or microbiology or a general education course such as English or fine arts. For some online programs, you may need travel to your local community college to take these prerequisites and then transfer the credits back into a BSN program. Not with JU. Because JU is part of the University Alliance, all your lab science and general education courses are offered 100% online via UA-affiliated schools. Any materials you may need, such as a microscope or lab cultures, are included with your book cost and are shipped directly to your home. Your credits seamlessly transfer to JU’s BSN program due to academic agreements.
Is the University Accredited?
Yes. Jacksonville University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Regional accreditation is the highest level of accreditation a college or university can obtain and is recognized throughout the United States. Schools want to be regionally accredited for three reasons: 1) So students can receive federal financial aid 2) So graduates are qualified to attend other accredited schools to pursue master’s and PhD’s and 3) So graduates gain a competitive edge in the job market, as some employers prefer to hire practitioners with accredited degrees. Examples of regional accrediting bodies include the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
Are JU’s Nursing Degrees Accredited?
Yes. Accreditation of a nursing school’s degree is a voluntary endeavor, but it ensures the quality and commitment of its educational program in the proper training of nurses.
JU’s School of Nursing is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and our degrees are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). There are two voluntary accrediting bodies for nursing schools recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education Accreditation. They are the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
What Are the Fees Over and Above the Tuition and Textbooks?
Many institutions tack on assorted fees that may include technology, transcript evaluation, library privileges and graduation on top your tuition. At Jacksonville University you pay the per-credit-hour tuition and the cost of your materials. There are no hidden fees. Please see our tuition page for the cost of a list of current rates.
Is the University a Ground-Based School or Is It a Network of Satellite Locations?
Jacksonville University is a ground-based university overlooking the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, FL. The professors who teach JU’s online BSN program are usually the same professors who teach on campus. You are invited to visit the university at any time and to participate in the graduation ceremony. Don’t settle for a school based in an office park. Graduate from JU, a university with a real campus and over 75 years of tradition!
How Can I Contact My Professors and Classmates?
A reputable university program will give you several options for contacting your professors and classmates and will keep you informed about the university. Discussion boards, chat sessions, email and virtual office hours allow quick contact with instructors and classmates - with quick replies! Plus, thanks to a non-threatening online environment, many students report that they have gotten far more involved in class discussions as online students than they ever did as traditional students.
Are There Mandatory Login Times for JU’s RN to BSN Program?
Some online RN to BSN programs may require you to log in four out of seven days each week. Jacksonville University’s online RN to BSN program has no set login times - you simply need to complete your weekly assignments by midnight every Sunday.