NEWS & EVENTS
BSN Completion FAQ
  •  

    BSN Completion FAQ


    Q. How Long Will It Take To Get My BSN Degree?
    A. The amount of time it takes you to complete your BSN will depend both on how many courses you need to meet program requirements and on how many courses you take each semester.

    If You Have an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
    Do you have transfer credits from an associate degree in nursing (ADN) program? Most likely, your prior coursework will fulfill all of our program's lower-division science and nursing requirements as well as some general education requirements.
    If your ADN gives you fewer than 38 semester hours of nursing-course transfer credit, you'll still get credit for the additional lower-division nursing hours without taking any extra courses at Capital.

    If You Graduated from a Nursing Diploma Program
    If your diploma program was affiliated with a university, you have probably met Capital's lower-division science requirements. You will also be awarded up to 38 hours of credit for lower-division nursing credit.
    If your diploma program was hospital-based and nationally accredited, you will get 38 hours of credit for nursing courses you took while enrolled there. This credit will fulfill your lower-division nursing requirements at Capital .
    Keep in mind that everyone's situation is different. Your adviser will be the one most qualified to help you plan your course of study.
    Many of our students want to know how quickly they can complete our program.

    Q. Do I have to take my general education and nursing requirements in a particular sequence? I may need to take a semester off, and I'm worried about falling behind.
    A. Our flexible class schedules make it easy for you to take time off and resume your studies right where you left off and without delay.
    Almost all general education courses are offered every semester. In most cases, you don't have to take them in any particular order, although most students prefer to take the lower-numbered courses first.
    Nursing courses are currently offered 2 to 3 times a year. Consult Capital's Undergraduate Bulletin to learn about prerequisites for specific courses.

    Q. I've heard from nurses in other programs that the requirements for their degrees changed after they enrolled. Does that kind of thing happen at Capital?
    A. As long as you're continuously enrolled in our BSN-Completion Program, your graduation requirements will stay the same. Should course hours or requirements be revised after you are admitted, you can choose whether or not to alter your curriculum to match.
    The situation could change if you take a long leave of absence. If you're out for more than a year, you'll have to be readmitted to the program, and you'll have the same graduation requirements as any other newly admitted student.

    Q. How will I know which courses I need to take and when?
    A. Your adviser, a nursing faculty member, will help you create a plan for meeting your course requirements. Every semester, you'll communicate with her in person, on the phone or through e-mail to schedule courses and talk about any concerns you might have.
    This relationship begins as soon as you've been accepted to the program, when you'll receive a letter containing your adviser's name and contact information.