Frequently Asked Questions


Q:When can I start the program? Q:When can I start the program?
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You can enroll in the Jacksonville University online RN to BSN degree program at any time and begin your studies at six convenient times during the year.

Q:Is an online RN to BSN degree program as effective as attending classes on campus? Q:Is an online RN to BSN degree program as effective as attending classes on campus?
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“Yes!” Over 4.6 million adult professionals are already pursuing degrees through online learning programs as of 2008, according to Sloan Consortium. Jacksonville University’s RN to BSN degree program offers state-of-the-art study materials in video, audio, CD and textbook formats, which are convenient for your individual educational and lifestyle needs.

Q:Can I get my MSN while still working full-time? Q:Can I get my MSN while still working full-time?
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Jacksonville University’s online MSN degree program makes it possible – and even convenient – for busy professionals to earn an advanced degree. You can complete your coursework anywhere, anytime on your own schedule as there are no required login times. Discussion boards, chat rooms and email make it easy to interact with your professors and classmates while you earn the same degree awarded to on-campus students.

Q:What is the difference between Jacksonville University and University Alliance Online? Q:What is the difference between Jacksonville University and University Alliance Online?
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Jacksonville University handles all academic issues including grades, assignments, testing and academic advising. University Alliance facilitates the promotion and delivery of JU’s online degree program by assisting with enrollment/re-enrollment, providing program technology/support and handling distribution of all educational materials including books, study guides, online classroom and CD-ROM lectures. University Alliance collaborates with JU and other accredited universities to connect professionals, via the Internet, with associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate and continuing professional education programs.

Q:What if I need help with my course work? Q:What if I need help with my course work?
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It’s easy to get help. You will have a close working relationship with your professor and program representative at all times. Also, when you are accepted into a program, you will be assigned a Jacksonville University academic advisor. If you have a specific question about a course, you can contact your academic advisor by phone, fax, email or regular mail. You will be able to discuss your program progress and any questions you may have. Any non-academic or technical questions can be addressed by your University Alliance program representative and technical support staff.

Q:How will my grade be determined? Q:How will my grade be determined?
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Your grade for a course will be based on assignments that are evaluated by Jacksonville University faculty. These assignments may be in the form of essays, exams, case studies, research papers, local field projects and other similar assignments, as determined by your professor. It will not be necessary to travel to a testing location or make arrangements for private proctoring of any examinations.

Q:Are the University and Nursing School accredited? Q:Are the University and Nursing School accredited?
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Yes. Jacksonville University is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; Telephone 404-679-4501) to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Q:How long will it take me to earn my bachelor’s degree? Q:How long will it take me to earn my bachelor’s degree?
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It varies depending on your Associate’s degree or Diploma coursework, as well as how many credits were transferred to JU. You receive 30 credits for an active U.S. RN license. At least 30 credits must come from Jacksonville University to earn your degree. Some students have finished in less than two years. If you need liberal arts, basic science or physical science classes, it may take you longer - depending on how many classes you take each session. Students generally take one or two classes (3-6 credits) per session.

Q:Will my actual degree reflect that I earned my bachelor’s degree through an online program? Q:Will my actual degree reflect that I earned my bachelor’s degree through an online program?
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No. There is no distinction made between JU’s on campus or online nursing degree programs. Your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is awarded based on competency and successfully meeting Jacksonville University’s academic requirements, not upon geographic location or residency.

Q:Will I be able to transfer courses I've already taken at other institutions? Q:Will I be able to transfer courses I've already taken at other institutions?
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Yes, if certain conditions are met and the transfer course is accepted by your Jacksonville University advisor, you will be able to transfer a course from another institution.

Q:I am a diploma nurse. May I apply? Q:I am a diploma nurse. May I apply?
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Yes, we encourage you to apply. An academic advisor will review your transcript and award you 30 credits for your RN license plus any applicable transfer credits. In order to be considered for transfer credit, your courses had to have been taught in conjunction with a university or community college, i.e., a regionally accredited institution. If your diploma program partnered with a regionally accredited institution, you should be eligible to receive transfer credits.

Q:What are the practice project requirements? Q:What are the practice project requirements?
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Practice projects allow you to apply concepts learned from coursework and your years of nursing experience. The requirements offer flexibility for you based on your career goals. There is a practice project with two courses, NUR 451 Community Health Nursing Practice for the Experienced Nurse and NUR 461 Professional Nursing Synthesis for the Experienced Nurse. You pay only for tuition and materials and no travel is required since you learn locally with a preceptor of your choice. This format has been well-received by JU students - some students have even reported new opportunities with their own employers.

Q:What is the BSN practice project requirement? Q:What is the BSN practice project requirement?
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Some schools call it a “clinical.” But at JU, we refer to it as a practice project because it allows you to put your learning into practice – to help your career and your community. The practice project allows you to apply concepts learned from coursework and your years of nursing experience. The requirement offers flexibility for you based on your career goals. There is a practice project with one course, NUR 456 Application of Professional Nursing Concepts. You pay only for tuition and materials and no travel is required since you learn locally with a preceptor of your choice. This format has been well-received by JU students; some students have even reported new opportunities with their own employers.

You Choose the Project

Your practice project gives you an opportunity to explore subjects that you care about and inspire you. Whether your interest is quality improvement, policy creation, procedure development or new techniques, you can pick a topic that is enjoyable to you.

You Choose the Preceptor

Not only is the practice project self-directed, you also get to choose the RN who mentors you through it. So you get to work one-on-one with someone you feel comfortable – someone who has already earned their bachelor’s degree (or higher) and can help guide you to the successful completion of your project.

No Travel Required

You can even fulfill your project requirement right in your hometown or where you work – there’s no need to travel a long distance to complete it. You not only earn credit; you also make a positive difference in your facility or community.

 

Q:What are the minimum system requirements? Q:What are the minimum system requirements?
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Click here for more information.

Q:Where can I find state-specific agency information to send student complaints/concerns? Q:Where can I find state-specific agency information to send student complaints/concerns?
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State agency contact information for student complaints/concerns:Click here to see a list of state agency contact information sorted by geographic location.

Q:Where can I review the textbooks and materials required for my course? Q:Where can I review the textbooks and materials required for my course?
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Students can review course textbooks and all required materials on this website. Click here to search for your books for the upcoming term.

Q:I have a disability; how do I request special accommodations? Q:I have a disability; how do I request special accommodations?
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If you have a disability that requires a special accommodation in order to participate in an online course, you must identify yourself as a person with a disability and request an accommodation from the University. Please contact an enrollment representative to initiate the identification process. Your enrollment representative will provide further details about the process for receiving special accommodations from the University.