RN to BSN Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to attain this degree?
On average, a student can complete the RN to BSN degree in 18 months.

How much will this degree cost?
Tuition for the RN to BSN degree is $445 per credit hour plus a $15 per credit hour fee. Students employed at an NWU Corporate Partner or with a degree from a Pathways Partner may be eligible for scholarships up to $5,000 ($78 per credit hour). Please ask us for details.

How often and when do I need to be in class?
Most classes are offered online or in a hybrid format, with occasional face-to-face classes. This variety of formats gives you the advantage of personal contact with faculty and nursing peers plus the convenience of online content.

Where are classes held?
Most classes are online, however occasional face-to-face classes are held in Omaha at 14010 FNB Parkway, 7th Floor and in Lincoln on the NWU main campus. 

Who will teach classes? What are their credentials and work experience?
All full time and adjunct nursing faculty are prepared at the MSN level with many at the doctoral level (PhD, EdD, DNP). NWU Nursing is committed to hiring faculty who have real-world experience to enrich the learning environment.

What happens if I miss a class or need to stop taking classes for a short period of time?
We understand that schedules and priorities can shift from time to time. The key to navigating these changes is to stay in frequent communication with your instructors and advisors. We will do our best to work with you to design and redesign your plan of study to help your education stay on track.

What is the schedule of classes?
You will work with your academic advisor to design a plan of study and class schedule. Registration occurs twice a year: 1) for summer and fall and; 2) for spring.

Will I need to purchase textbooks, or can I rent them or use eBooks?
You can rent or purchase textbooks through the Prairie Wolves Book Store on the Lincoln campus and online. Textbooks will be shipped directly to you.

What kind of computer hardware and software do I need?
You may use the NWU computer lab at both Lincoln and Omaha sites and/or purchase and use your own laptop as a personal convenience. All adult nursing students are required to purchase a computer application called Reference Point™ ($40).

How will I learn to use these electronics?
At your new student orientation, the academic advisor will provide training on the different NWU computer platforms, academic policies and program requirements.

How do I contact faculty and/or other students once I start the program?
You can email fellow students through Canvas, an NWU online resource system. Faculty contact information is listed on the course syllabus and in Canvas. Faculty and academic advisors will respond to student inquiries in a timely manner.

Who do I contact if I have a problem with a particular course or instructor?
If you experience issues in a class, we encourage you to communicate directly with your instructor first. If you experience an issue with an instructor, please contact your academic advisor and/or department chair.