Frequently Asked Questions

RN to BSN Program

Is the RN to BSN Program Accredited?

Yes. The undergraduate program offered by the School of Nursing is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and registered by the New York State Education Department.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 463-6930

Do I need to be a Registered Nurse (RN) to participate in D'Youville's online RN-BSN program?

Yes. You must have a current valid New York State RN license in order to be admitted and complete the program.

What are the admissions requirements?

A 2.5 GPA, a current RN license and a two-year degree are all that are required. If your GPA is under 2.5, you may be admitted on a discretionary basis to the BSN program only. 

Students are allowed to enroll in the program if they are not working currently or if they are working. 

Can I continue to work while obtaining my BSN degree from D'Youville College?

Yes. 

Do you accept transfer credits into the program and how will I know which credits will transfer? Can I transfer other undergraduate courses that I took elsewhere into the RN to BSN program?

Yes, provided the course is accepted by the Registrar and the School of Nursing. A grade of "C" or better is required and an official transcript to be considered. View the RN to BSN program prerequisites.

Why should I return to school for a BSN?

The program was created to enhance your nursing practice and make you more marketable in today's competitive nursing market. As the healthcare environment shifts to more primary and preventive care throughout the community, new skills in management, more independent decision-making, and patient education are needed.

How long will it take to complete the BSN program?

The program takes 2 years of full-time study to complete. Each semester is 15 weeks long. 

How many credits will I take per semester?

View our two-year completion plan to see the curriculum of the program. D'Youville requires that all students take a rounded program of humanistic studies called the core curriculum

What is the cohort size?

Our first-year program cohort size was 10 students.

Do students have a place they can exchange information outside of the virtual classroom?

Communication is a very important aspect of our online RN to BSN program. Students will have access to a Moodle site specifically designed to promote exchange of ideas and support throughout the program. On this site, there will be a place for students to ask questions that they have about navigating through the program, and faculty will be available to respond.

Are all the courses offered only online?

All nursing courses required for the degree are offered fully-online. Additionally, the college's core curriculum requirements are also offered fully-online for students in online programs.

Can I take classes in any order?

No. Some of the courses contain prerequisites and these must be fulfilled in order to be eligible to register for some of the courses.

I am an LPN in the US or an RPN in Canada. Is this the right program for me?

This is not a bridge program for LPNs or RPNs, but you are welcome to apply for our traditional undergraduate Baccalaureate of Science degree in Nursing

What are the technology requirements?

There are specific technology and software requirements for online programs.

What are the costs of the RN to BSN Online program?

D'Youville is ranked a top college in New York State for return on investment according to AffordableCollegesOnline.org (AC Online). Registered nurses enrolled in the program are eligible for a 50% waiver on net tuition.

How can I apply?

You can easily apply online. You are considered a transfer application into D'Youville College as you have your nursing degree from an ADN or diploma nursing program. Additionally, please contact Mary Evanco-Caryk our Nurse Recruiter for additional assistance in applying.

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