RN-BSN Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

These are the most common questions around LSSC’s new RN to BSN degree. If you have specific questions about your eligibility or this program, please don’t hesitate to contact Shirley Bazemore at BSN@lssc.edu from the Nursing department for a personalized answer .

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General Information

1. Why choose LSSC’s RN to BSN program?

2. Are bachelor’s prepared nurses in high demand?

3. What career paths are possible with a BSN?

Admission

4. When will LSSC’s RN to BSN program launch?

5. What are the RN to BSN admissions requirements?

6. How many admissions windows will be offered?

7. When will the RN to BSN program application be available?

8. Will completion of an information session be required to submit an application?

9. What is the RN to BSN program’s capacity?

10. Will students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university but have not met the foreign language requirement be required to fulfill it?

11. Once admitted, will there be a mandatory new student orientation program?

12. I noticed that the program information says “Pending SACSCOC approval”, what does this mean?

13. What happens if SACSCOC approval does not come in time for an August 2018 start?

14. What is ACEN accreditation?

Financial Aid

15. Is What is the cost of tuition?

16. Is financial aid available for students in the program?

17. Are there scholarships available?

Program Details

18. How many credits is the BSN degree?

19. What course modalities are offered? (in-person, online, or hybrid)

20. Will clinicals be required for the RN to BSN program?

21. Where will the RN to BSN classes be offered?

22. Will RN to BSN classes be offered at local health care locations?

23. Is this a daytime/night/weekend program?

24. Is the program flexible, lock-step or cohort-based?

25. Is there a minimum credit load required to remain enrolled in the RN to BSN program?

Contact

26. I have additional questions about the RN to BSN program, who should I contact?


 

General Information

1. Why choose LSSC’s RN to BSN program?

The LSSC RN to BSN program offers affordable tuition, a flexible fully online curriculum, industry-focused faculty, a seamless transition from the Associate’s degree program, outstanding job placement, and an industry-driven curriculum.

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2. Are bachelor’s prepared nurses in high demand?

Data from EMSI and the Florida Center for Nursing (FCN) predict a 22.4% increase in the number of jobs for RNs by 2023, with a strong preference for graduates who have earned a BSN. In Central Florida, it is estimated that there will be close to 8,400 openings for RNs prepared at the bachelor's level or higher by 2023.

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3. What career paths are possible with a BSN?

A bachelor's degree in nursing prepares you for careers such as: Nursing management, Clinical specialist, Education specialist, Infection control, Quality management, Acute care, Health navigation, Community health, Health coaching, Nurse research, Health informatics, and Health insurance professional.

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Admissions

4. When will LSSC’s RN to BSN program launch?

LSSC’s RN to BSN program is scheduled to start during the 2018-2019 academic year. We expect classes to begin in Fall 2018*.

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5. What are the RN to BSN admissions requirements?

The RN to BSN program has three admissions requirements:

    • Completion of an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0
    • A valid unencumbered FL RN license (passed NCLEX exam) OR Authorization To Test (ATT) upon admission and pass NCLEX by the end of the first semester in the BSN program.

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6. How many admissions windows will be offered?

This program will be open enrollment, with three admissions deadlines each year (fall, spring, and summer). See the LSSC Academic Registration calendar for specific admissions application deadlines.

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7. When will the RN to BSN program application be available?

The online application will be available on Monday, April 2, 2018 on the main LSSC webpage, the Admissions & Records webpage, and also linked from the Nursing Department’s webpage.

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8. Will completion of an information session be required to submit an application?

No, an online information session is not required. However prospective students are encouraged to reach out to Shirley Bazemore at BSN@lssc.edu should they have additional questions.

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9. What is the RN to BSN program’s capacity?

The program offers a rolling admission cycle with open entry each semester. Check the LSSC Academic Registration calendar for each semester’s admission application deadline.

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10. Will students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university but have not met the foreign language requirement be required to fulfill it?

Yes, students must fulfill the foreign language requirement before earning the BSN degree. You can work toward this requirement while enrolled in the program.

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11. Once admitted, will there be a mandatory new student orientation program?

Yes. Once admitted, the student will be required to complete an online new student orientation tailored to the RN to BSN program. This online orientation program will launch in summer 2018.

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12. I noticed that the program information says “Pending SACSCOC approval”, what does this mean?

SACSCOC stands for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is LSSC’s regional accrediting body. Starting a new program requires that the College submit a prospectus that details the program curriculum, funding, administration, and the qualifications of faculty who will teach program courses. LSSC can’t admit students to the RN-BSN program until SACSCOC indicates approval.

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13. What happens if SACSCOC approval does not come in time for an August 2018 start?

While unlikely, it is possible that the program start will be delayed until January 2019. A student who has not earned the Associate in Arts degree (AA) can enroll as an AA student and begin work on general education coursework that will satisfy the RN-BSN program requirements. LSSC will be in regular communication with program applicants regarding the SACSCOC approval.

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14. What is ACEN accreditation?

ACEN is the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. ACEN accreditation is a voluntary peer-review process intended to enhance quality improvement in nursing education. Accreditation by ACEN signifies that your education at LSSC meets the rigorous standards for competency in the workforce. ACEN accreditation for a new program occurs after that program starts classes, and we intend to receive our accreditation before the first graduating class completes their coursework.

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Financial Aid

15. Is What is the cost of tuition?

Tuition is billed per credit hour. Current rates are available here. This does not include and additional lab or equipment fees and the cost of textbooks.

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16. Is financial aid available for students in the program?

Student can submit a FAFSA to LSSC for determining eligibility in receiving federal financial aid.

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17. Are there scholarships available?

The LSSC Foundation offers scholarships to LSSC students each semester. Learn more and apply online through the Foundation Scholarships webpage.

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Program Details

18. How many credits is the BSN degree?

120 total credits are needed to complete the BSN. The RN to BSN curriculum includes 30 hours of baccalaureate level nursing coursework that builds upon the knowledge and experience gained through an ADN program. Depending when and where the student earned the ADN, most or all of the ADN coursework (including ADN program prerequisites) will articulate to the RN to BSN Program. Most students will need additional general education credits in order to complete the RN to BSN program and should see an academic advisor as soon as possible for a general education assessment.

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19. What course modalities are offered? (in-person, online, or hybrid)

This program is offered online to accommodate the unpredictable and regularly changing schedule of the working nurse. This flexible delivery model will allow a nurse working full-time to make timely progress through this program. There may be times when face-to-face meetings will occur that will be publicized well in advance.

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20. Will clinicals be required for the RN to BSN program?

Yes. The Capstone course, which is the final practicum experience, includes 67.5 clinical hours and the Community and Public Health course includes 45 clinical hours. The design of the clinical components of this program will allow for most working nurses to complete their clinical hours for these two courses at their place of employment. We encourage students to start this discussion with the Nursing Department early in the RN-BSN program.

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21. Where will the RN to BSN classes be offered?

Classes will be offered online. Students can complete course requirements anywhere they have reliable internet access. There may be times when face-to-face meetings will occur that will be publicized well in advance.

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22. Will RN to BSN classes be offered at local health care locations?

We don’t anticipate offering courses at health care locations due to the online delivery of this program. Information sessions may be offered at local health care facilities and we may schedule a regular program faculty presence at health care locations to connect directly with students.

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23. Is this a daytime/night/weekend program?

That is up to the student. The online delivery method of this program will allow students to work on coursework around their own schedule.

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24. Is the program flexible, lock-step or cohort-based?

The RN to BSN program is flexible so that students can start in any semester (fall, spring, or summer) and attend part-time or full-time. Not all courses will be offered each semester so students should consult with the Nursing Department regarding the availability of courses and connect with their academic advisor regularly.

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25. Is there a minimum credit load required to remain enrolled in the RN to BSN program?

There is no minimum credit load. The program has flexibility to be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. However, students should plan ahead and be aware of future course availability by contacting the Nursing Department. Regular academic advising is encouraged to ensure that students stay on track to completion.

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Contact

26. I have additional questions about the RN to BSN program, who should I contact?

Please contact Shirley Bazemore for additional information at BSN@lssc.edu .

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*Pending approval from SACSCOC