FAQs About the Online RN to BSN Degree Program

Posted on October 20, 2021 by College of Nursing
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We often receive various questions from prospective students about the RN to BSN program (after all, who doesn’t want a way to fast-track their career to the next level?). Review these frequently asked questions to get a better idea of the program requirements, the application process, and the opportunities available for graduates. If you have other questions, feel free to get in touch with us at conRN2bsn@southalabama.edu.

What is the average cost of tuition for the online RN to BSN program?

The average cost of the online RN to BSN degree program is $328 per credit hour for the professional component coursework (24 credit hours).

What is the length of the program?

The online RN to BSN degree program consists of the professional component that may be completed in 2 to 3 semesters of coursework (24 credit hours) for professional preparation in nursing.

What are the pre-requisites?

The RN to BSN degree program pre-requisites are eighteen (18) general education courses that span the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. These courses can be completed at the University of South Alabama or any accredited institution, but they must be successfully completed before admission to the professional component of the online RN to BSN degree program.
What is the average salary of a BSN Trained Nurse in Alabama?

The average salary for BSN prepared nurses is approximately $63,970 to $73,640.

When are the deadlines to apply?

Fall Admission – March 15th
Spring Admission – July 15th
Summer Admission – January 15th

How long does it take to complete the application?

We advise applicants to complete the application at least one month before the deadline. It may take a few hours to fill out the application. Once received, it takes the program about two weeks to verify the application.

What information/documents should I have handy for the application?

  • Information about your professional experience
  • A typed curriculum vitae (CV) or resume which includes a thorough description of your RN experience, employment history, certifications, publications, etc.
  • Personal goal statement detailed your educational and professional goals which will also serves as your writing sample
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities you’ve attended
  • TOEFL scores for international students who have been instructed by the Office of International Services to submit them.
  • Privacy statement

What is the decision-making process for acceptance?

A group of selected individuals, including College of Nursing Professors and Administration, will review each application and make a recommendation on admission to the program.

What specialties are available once the RN to BSN degree program is completed?

The graduates of the RN-BSN degree program may apply to the Master of Science in Nursing program or Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice program with the following specialty options:

Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Adult Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist
Clinical Nurse Leader
Dual Role (Family Nurse Practitioner/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner)
Dual Role (Family Nurse Practitioner/Emergency Nurse Practitioner)
Executive Nursing Administration
Family Nurse Practitioner
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Informatics
Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

How do I to schedule a consultation?

Please send an email to conRN2bsn@southalabama.edu to schedule a consultation. Thank you for your interest in the RN to BSN degree program in the College of Nursing!

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