Frequently Asked Questions RN to BSN Program
How quickly can I complete the program?
The pace of the program is up to you. Each semester is broken into two 8-week segments: Session I and Session II. Students with no transfer credits can complete the program in four semesters by registering for two courses each 8-week segment. Students with transfer credits may complete the program in as little as two and a half semesters.
How much does it cost?
- CMU offers one of the most competitively priced RN-to-BSN programs in the region.
- Tuition is paid on a per-credit basis each term you enroll. Students with transfer credits will be able to significantly decrease the overall cost of the program.
- Learn more about our tuition and fees. This program is eligible for financial aid.
- Looking for scholarship opportunities? Check out the list of some of CMU’s Health Professions scholarships as well as other nationwide RN-to-BSN scholarships available.
How many credits can I transfer in?
- Students may transfer up to 90 credits, including general education credits.
- Student with Michigan MTA transcripts and Associate or Diploma nursing certificate and Nursing licenses will not need to take other courses except the 30 core RN-to-BSN credits and Statistics if not transferred.
- There is no time limit or expiration date for transfer courses - including science courses.
- Students are required to complete the Capstone course at CMU. Students also must complete a three-credit course in Statistics—either at CMU OR at another accredited institution. Transfer credit will be awarded for courses that meet the criteria of a baccalaureate program. All courses awarded transfer credit must have a grade of C, or higher. The residency requirement for RN-to-BSN students is 30 credits.
- Students who have achieved MTA on their transcripts coming from colleges with articulation agreement with CMU have met the CMU’s general education requirements.
Is this program accredited?
Yes. CMU’s RN-to-BSN program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution.
Individuals may also contact:
Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 800-621-7440 or 312-263-0456
What are the admissions requirements?
Applying is fast and easy! All applicants must submit the following:
Application with the non-refundable application fee.
Official college transcripts from all institutions attended.
Copy of current RN license.*
*Current Associate in Science Nursing students who are waiting to pass their board exam should contact the Office of Admissions as you may be eligible to begin the RN-to-BSN program with permission from the program director.
Do I need to have my RN license to enroll in the RN-to-BSN program?
- Applicants to the RN-to-BSN program must have their RN license to be eligible for admission.*
- If you are not yet a registered nurse, you are not eligible for this program.
*Current Associate in Science in Nursing students who are waiting to pass their board exam should contact the Office of Admissions as you may be eligible to begin the RN-to-BSN program with permission from the program director.
When can I begin classes?
The RN-to-BSN program has six entry points. Apply now and begin in the semester of your choice:
Fall Session I (August)
Fall Session II (October)
Spring Session I (January)
Spring Session II (March)
Summer Session I (May)
Summer Session II (June)
Note: There is an overlap between the summer I and summer II sessions.
How will I communicate with my professors when not on campus?
- Frequent and personal communication, including discussion boards, live “WebEx Meeting” classes, and blogs will create a bond essential to your success. Professors also use weekly announcements and assignment feedback to further ensure access to the professor’s daily presence and availability to support classroom instruction.
- You can also communicate with your professors via email or by phone. As with face-to-face learning you can make an appointment to meet with your professor in-person at CMU if you live in the area or prefer in-person meeting.
Who can help me with learning differences, tutoring, advising, library, and career services?
Students enrolled in CMU’s online or off-campus programs have full access to the CMU Libraries’ services and resources, whether enrolled at an off-campus center or through an online class. The library’s Documents on Demand office will deliver electronic copies of journal articles and book chapters, as well as copies of print books, to students upon request. There is no charge for these services, and electronic requests are typically filled within 24 hours. Several academic support services are located in the library:
- The Library Services for Distance Students.
- The Writing Center.
- The Mathematics Assistance Center.
- The Statistical Consulting Center.
- The Student Disabilities Services.
- Scholarships and Financial Aid.
- Centers for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
- Ask the librarian.
More importantly the faculty and staff of the RN-to-BSN program are available to help and answer any questions you may have. Call 989-774-1850 today to inquire about our flexible program.