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Frequently Asked Questions


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, and textbook formats, which are convenient for your individual educational and lifestyle needs.

Q:Is JU's Nursing School accredited? Q:Is JU's 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 a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Q:How long will it take me to earn my BSN? Q:How long will it take me to earn my BSN?
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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 nursing degree reflect that I earned it through an online program? Q:Will my actual nursing degree reflect that I earned it 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 (BSN)  or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree is awarded based on competency and successfully meeting Jacksonville University’s academic requirements, not upon geographic location or residency.

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 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.