FAQs: RN to BSN | Mount St. Joseph University

Program Admission and Getting Started

Program Information

Financial Questions

What are the admission requirements for this program?

To review requirements, go to the RN-BSN program page.

Do I need to complete a FAFSA application?

Yes, if you would like to apply for federal student loans or grant programs.

What is the length of this program?  How long will it take to complete this program?

The program can be finished in 30 months with a total of 51 semester credit hours. Those who hold a bachelor's degree in another area can complete in as few as 30 credits.

Who is eligible for this program?

Anyone with an active RN license.  One year of professional nursing practice is recommended, but not required.  For details on eligibility, see the program requirements.

Is there an orientation for new students?

Yes.  It is available online through the myMount account set up for new students.

How do I get registered?

Our Academic Advising Resource Center will register you into the courses each semester, once you have been accepted into the program.

I have applied online.  What do I do now?

Request that your official college transcripts be sent to the Office of Admission  ATTN: Online Programs 5701 Delhi Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45233.  Refer to the Transcript Request page for help requesting official transcripts.

In addition, your resume and a copy of your RN license (does not have to be Ohio) can be e-mailed to the Admission Counselor for Online Programs.  Kate.Marrero@msj.edu

Why should I get my BSN?

Professional nurses who complete the RN to BSN program expand their career options and grow personally and professionally - improving communication skills and increasing self-confidence while becoming strong patient advocates and evidence-based practitioners.  Many hospitals and businesses are requiring that employees or prospective employees get their BSN.

Can nurses with a nursing license outside of Ohio be accepted by this program?

Yes.  Your license does not have to be an Ohio RN license.

Are pre-requisite courses required for this program?

While there are not pre-requisite courses required to apply to the Online RN to BSN program, students must have their active RN license; one year of professional experience as an RN is recommended, but not required.

Are there pre-assignments as part of this program?


What type of technology would help me succeed in the program?

You will need access to a computer, high-speed internet, and Skype for communication with faculty.

What is the program format?

This 30-month program consists of 51 semester hour credits, which are a mix of nursing courses and liberal arts & sciences courses.  Two courses are taken per semester, each one at a time in 8-week sessions.

Can I transfer in any previously completed college credits?

Yes.  We accept transfer credits from regionally accredited institutions.  The Mount can accept up to 90 semester hours of transfer credits.  There is no expiration date on credits that can be transferred.  To transfer, credits must have been college-level and completed with a grade of "C" or better.

Can I earn graduate credit for any of the courses that I take as part of this program?

NUR 415 & NUR 417 can be taken at the graduate level if students have senior status (90 earned credits or more) and a 3.25 GPA.  These courses will satisfy requirements in the MSN program if a grade of "B" or higher is earned and students are enrolled in the MSN program within 5 years.  

Will there be an accelerated program for nurses who already hold bachelor's degrees in other areas?

There will be an accelerated RN to BSN Online program starting in January 2014 for students who already hold bachelor's degrees in other areas.  This program will be five semesters.

Is the program different from the face-to-face option?

No.  The Online RN to BSN model is the same great quality and coursework, just offered in a more flexible and convenient format.

Is financial aid available for this program?

Yes.  Students must register for six credit hours each semester to be eligible for student loan programs.  For more information about financial aid, contact the Student Administrative Services Office at 513-244-4418.

What is the cost of the program?

Based on the 2013-2014 rates, tuition is $500 per credit hour.  Rates are subject to change each new academic calendar year.

How will I be billed?

Students will receive billing statements by mail.

Is there a payment plan available?

The Mount offers students several options for payment, including a payment plan and tuition deferment plan.  For more information visit the financial aid web pages.