RN-BSN Completion Track Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the program?

That depends on two things: 1) how many additional general education courses you may need in addition to RN-BSN nursing courses; and 2) how many courses you choose to carry each semester. 

How fast can I complete the degree?

Nursing courses can be completed in as little as three (3) semesters.  Summer session is an academic semester.

Can I go part time?

Of course. You can complete the program part time in 5 semesters by taking approximately 7 credits per semester.

Does Mercer offer academic scholarships for the RN-BSN students?

There will be no scholarships specific to RN-BSN students offered by the University. However, there may be outside scholarships specific to this population. All nursing students have access to federal and state programs, if they complete the FAFSA. Students also may find outside scholarships from nursing organizations and community resources. 

Are there resources to aid with job placement?

The curriculum is designed so that specific courses will talk about career opportunities. There are no specific job placement strategies in place but faculty and advisors will guide you in identifying RN positions that are a good fit.

Do I need an active RN license to enroll?

Only RNs who are currently licensed in the state of Georgia can enroll in clinical coursework. Applicants currently enrolled in ADN programs may apply for provisional admission pending an active Georgia license. 

Are there any online courses? 

All courses are taught asynchronously online. Students attend a 2 day campus orientation when they begin the RN-BSN Completion Track but do not have classes on campus after orientation. 

How much interaction will I have with my instructors now that the program is entirely online?

Our full time faculty  teach all of the RN-BSN courses. You will meet and make relationships with the primary faculty members during orientation and are able to communicate with them via email, phone or Skype. Faculty members are very responsive to students and they value the faculty/student relationship that is instrumental to the professional growth during the program.

Will I have an advisor with the new curriculum?

Each student is assigned an advisor who will work with them throughout the program, serving as a mentor and support system. 

Does the new curriculum include clinical hours?

Yes, there are two clinical courses, Leadership in Nursing and Population and Global Health. Each is approximately 45 hours of direct precepted learning with a BSN prepared RN. All clinical hours must be completed in the state of Georgia. Students are responsible for identifying potential preceptors under the guidance of  faculty. This process is started approximately a semester in advance.

My previous courses are 10 years old. Will I need to repeat them?

There is no such thing as a course that is too old. You will build on your prelicensure program, rather than repeat it. However, for required courses in which you earned D or F, a repeat of that course will be required.  Official transcripts of each previous college or university attended must be submitted with application for course transfers.

When can I begin?
Accepted RNs may begin coursework in the Fall 2015 (August), Spring 2016 (January), or Summer 2016 (May) semester. 

Will I need to be on campus?

All students are required to attend a 2 day campus orientation when they start the RN-BSN Completion Track.  All other courses are taught async online.

Will I still be eligible for new residencies after I graduate? 

This is a question for the facilities recruiting for residency programs. Each residency program has it's own requirements as well as cohort start times in the year.

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