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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why should I pursue my BSN if I am already working as an RN?
Achieving your BSN offers opportunities to advance your nursing career at the bedside as well as in nursing leadership positions.  In the transforming healthcare environment, professional nurses are integral members of the interprofessional healthcare team.  The BSN will provide you with the foundation to work with the healthcare team to attain optimal patient outcomes.

Q: Why should I pursue my BSN while I am currently working on my Associate’s Degree in Nursing?
The Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report calls for 80% of practicing RNs to be BSN prepared by 2020.  Increasing the number of baccalaureate prepared nurses will ready the nursing profession ready for the challenges of the transforming healthcare environment.  Pursuing your BSN as you complete your ADN readies you for the complexities of healthcare. It also allows you to stand out as a well-prepared applicant who is committed to nursing excellence as you seek your first nursing position. 

Q: Why should I chose the Lindenwood University nursing program for my BSN completion?
Lindenwood University is committed to excellence in education and the nursing program emphasizes the application of professional nursing concepts to nursing practice in a transforming health care environment.  The innovative nursing curriculum encompasses the essential elements of baccalaureate nursing education standards as well as concepts based on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Future of Nursing Report, the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Project, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

Q: What is unique about the courses in the Lindenwood University nursing BSN program?
The LU BSN program is designed to focus on the future of nursing and healthcare and that is reflected in the unique curriculum emphasizing nursing professionalism, quality care and patient safety, interdisciplinary health care collaboration, and patient-centered care delivery.

Q: When will classes start?
RN to BSN students are admitted twice per year with classes beginning in August (fall start) and January (spring start).  Concurrent enrollment BSN students are admitted to the program every June (summer start).

Q: What is the format for the classes?
Classes will be taught in a hybrid format. This means that each class will be mostly online with two visits to the nursing campus for each class. Typically, one visit will be the first week of classes and the second visit will be sometime toward the end of the course. This will depend on the course and the instructor, but you will be notified of the day and time before classes begin.

Q: Where is the nursing campus?
The School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences building is located on Technology Dr. between Hwy. K and Winghaven in Dardenne Prairie.

Q: What is the timeframe for each class?
Most nursing classes will be taught in 8 weeks as opposed to the entire 16 week semester. This will allow the student to focus on one or two classes at a time each semester. General education courses are taught over both 8 and 16 weeks depending on the course and term.

Q:  Will my previous courses transfer?
Each student will receive 35 credit hours as transfer for nursing courses. General education courses will be individually evaluated from transcripts received from previous coursework for transferability to satisfy general education requirements at Lindenwood University.

Q:  How long will it take to get my degree?
Completion of your degree will depend on how many courses you take each semester and how many general education courses you have left to take. Sample plans of study based on the number of general education courses required are available online. Typically, students can finish the program part-time within two to three years.  A faculty advisor will create a plan of study can provide a more precise estimate of timing for degree completion upon request.

Q: What is the cost of my education at Lindenwood University?
Cost of degree completion will vary depending on several factors including the number of general education courses remaining in your degree plan, potential reimbursement from your employer, etc. In addition, a number of scholarships and financial incentives are available to RN to BSN completion students. Contact admissions/financial aid to talk about creating an affordable plan to complete your degree.

Q: Who do I contact at Lindenwood University to apply and get enrolled?
 For more information about the RN to BSN program, please contact our admission/financial aid counselor, Allison Yeager, in the nursing office at (636) 627-6683.  You may also apply online by filling out the Program Application.

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