Online RN-to-BSN Degree Track Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is the degree offered entirely online?
Yes. All courses for the Kettering College’s RN-to-BSN degree track (nursing course and arts and sciences courses) are offered completely online. Students who live in the area may elect to take some of the arts and sciences courses on campus if they desire. All the nursing courses are offered only in the online delivery format.
2. Can you be enrolled in the degree as a part-time student or do you have to be enrolled as a full-time student?
Students may begin the degree any semester and may choose a full-time or a part-time pace of study. Schedules can be adjusted from semester to semester, based on the needs of the student. The program, including all nursing and the arts and sciences courses, can be accomplished via full-time study in 3 semesters or via part-time in 4 semesters.
3. How long do I have to complete the degree?
All course work must be completed within five (5) years of first enrollment in the program. Cognate and arts and sciences courses may be taken prior to enrollment in nursing courses or may be taken concurrently with nursing courses.
4. Will any of the credits from my associate degree transfer toward the online RN-to-BSN degree track?
Our online RN-to-BSN degree track is 31-semester credits beyond the A.S. nursing degree. Credits for courses taken to meet degree requirements for the pre-licensure nursing degree are not transferred in.
5. Will I need to retake the core science and math courses if I graduated years ago?
Pre-licensure courses are not transferred in for the online RN-to-BSN degree track; therefore, no retakes are required for basic science and math courses.
6. Will any credits beyond my pre-licensure nursing degree (A.S. degree in nursing or diploma) transfer in for the online RN-to-BSN degree track?
Credits for courses not taken for the pre-licensure degree will be evaluated and transferred according to College transfer policies if they are applicable to baccalaureate nursing degree requirements. (Note: If the course was used to fulfill degree requirements for the pre-licensure degree, it cannot be accepted toward the online RN-to-BSN degree track) There are no time limits for the transfer of course credits. At Kettering College, credits taken at a regionally accredited college or university are transferrable. Religion courses submitted for transfer credit consideration must be from a faith-based institution.
7. How does it work if I have been enrolled in an online RN-to-BSN degree track at another institution and now want to switch to Kettering College’s online RN-to-BSN degree track?
Equivalent credits for courses taken at an ACEN or CCNE regionally accredited baccalaureate nursing program may transfer to Kettering College. Evaluation of transcripts or course syllabi will determine if course content is comparable, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
8. How much will this degree cost?
The current tuition can be located on our Tuition and Fees page on this site.
9. How will I know what my schedule will look like, once I am accepted into the program?
Students will receive individualized advising via email. Consideration will be given to credits they may already have that meet the online RN-to-BSN degree track requirements and upon their need for full-time or part-time study. All courses are offered in 7 week sessions.
10. How many hours per week will I need to study?
Of course, this depends upon the individual. Students should plan on an average of 12-18 hours of study per week to be successful in completing 6-9 credits per semester (2-3 courses).
Online education does not take less time or effort than traditional classroom study. The advantage of online study is that students have access to their courses 24 hours a day and can complete assignments at their convenience (within the structured course time frames for due dates), in the comfort of their homes or workplaces.
11. What kind of resources and services are available to students studying online?
Student Portal Where you can:
- Register for classes
- Make payments to your account
- Contact your academic advisor
- View your course schedule
- View transcripts and grades
Students will have access to purchase textbooks via the online bookstore: https://kc.ecampus.com.
Library Services: Online students have access to an online reference librarian. Online students, even if they live out-of-state, have access to a wealth of library resources because our library is connected to OhioLINK, which links many libraries in Ohio.
Student Success: Online tutoring is available to students. Specific areas of interest to nursing students are in the areas of writing and statistics.
Disabilities and Accommodations: https://kc.edu/campus-resources/student-support-services/Links to an external site.
Student Affairs: https://kc.edu/studentaffairs/
Here you will find various resources for students including campus Ministries and Spiritual Life, Career Services, Student Health, and Mental Health
12. What computer proficiency is needed, and what are the technical requirements for online study?
Computer skills include proficiency in the Microsoft Windows environment – primarily Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The ability to effectively navigate the Internet, email and attachments is needed. Information about technology and technical requirements at Kettering College is available in the Information Technology section of this site.
13. Are there practicum or clinical hours required for this track?
There are no clinical hours required in this track. Students will complete 11.25 clock hours of practicum experiences in both the NRSA 420 Population Health and NRSA 440 Leadership in Healthcare courses. These hours may be completed locally or at a pre-approved facility in your area.