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Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) Program FAQs

Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions about the online accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) completion program from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. You’re encouraged to ask many more by calling 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor or by requesting more information so we can get in touch with you.

Is this program accredited?
Yes. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. www.hlcommission.org.  This online BSN degree is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Will my degree say that it is from an online program?
No. The degree you earn online from Saint Mary's University is identical to the degree offered on campus.

Are there set times when I can start the program?
You may apply for admission to Saint Mary’s online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program at any time. After you are admitted, you may begin taking online classes at the start of any semester: Spring, Summer, or Fall.

How long does the program take?
To earn your online RN to BSN degree, you will complete 36 credit hours of program work. This is an accelerated nursing program, which means you’ll be able to complete your course work and your degree in one year.

Can I transfer credits from another university program?
Yes, and you will need at least 86 transfer credits to be eligible for this program. Among these are general education requirements, including 3 credits in speech/oral presentations, 6 credits in humanities/fine arts, 3 credits in english composition, 3 credits in sciences, and 3 credits for history, social sciences and behavioral sciences.

Is there a campus residency requirement, or is the program entirely online?
The program is completely online, with the exception of your capstone practicum project. You do not need to attend Saint Mary’s ground campuses. You may complete your capstone project in an approved care setting of your choice in your community.

Will I be required to attend online classes during set times?
No. As long as you submit your assignments by the time they are due, you can work and study when it is most convenient to you.

I don't have an iPad. Is one required to pursue this degree?
All coursework can be completed through Saint Mary’s interactive website, but every online Saint Mary's University student is also issued his or her own iPad. You will then have the world's most innovative online learning experience literally at your fingertips.

Is this a self-paced program?
No, these are instructor-led courses. While there are no set class times, there are assignments with set due dates.

What are the admissions requirements?
Students for this program are expected to be registered nurses in a U.S. state, and to have an associate’s degree in nursing. Students need at least 86 transfer credits to be eligible for this program. Among these are general education requirements, including 3 credits in speech/oral presentations, 6 credits in humanities/fine arts, 3 credits in english composition, 3 credits in sciences, and 3 credits for history, social sciences and behavioral sciences.

Further about eligibility and admissions requirements can be found on the Admissions Page.

What type of support is available to me? What if I have a question about homework or need help with a technical issue?
All of the support systems available to on-campus students at Saint Mary's are available for online learners as well. From academic support to career counseling, a team of advisers is ready to assist. Professors are just a phone call or email away, and every online Saint Mary's University student is paired with a dedicated student services coordinator who will make sure your educational and professional goals stay on track. Technical support is also available to online students 24/7 at 877-308-9954 ext. 3.

Is financial aid available?
Absolutely. Many different types of financial aid are available to those who qualify. To discuss tuition rates and a number of different financial aid options, call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor.

How do I get started?
It’s easy! Your journey to a career in nursing leadership starts by calling 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor. Or, you can request more information, and we’ll reach out to you. If you already know Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is the right place to earn your online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) degree, go ahead and begin the Online Application Process.