Ohio University RN-to-BSN Program - page 2

by chuckster

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Since it seems that there's quite a bit of interest, I'm attempting to start a new thread devoted exclusively to the OU on-line RN-BSN program that will hopefully build on the comments on assorted previous threads. I'd like... Read More


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    I don't know why the cost of transcripts varies so much. But I do know that many of the private-for-profit schools like UOP take care of the cost of obtaining transcripts; and for what they charge overall they should! In the larger scope it's a relatively small expense.
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    can any one tell me one have to pass boards before going to RN TO BSN program or can start before. plz share your views . can international students appply for it. thanks
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    Quote from Gold2010
    can any one tell me one have to pass boards before going to RN TO BSN program or can start before. plz share your views . can international students appply for it. thanks
    Though some schools will admit students who have completed the requirements to sit for the NCLEX (and are in the process of scheduling their test), most require that you are an RN prior to being admitted to the program. I personally would not want to be working, taking a nursing class and studying for the boards all at the the same time, so passing the NCLEX before starting an RN-BSN program seems like the way you want to go. YMMV though.

    I'm not aware of any RN-BSN program - online or traditional classroom - that would not be open to international students.
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    Quote from chuckster
    Though some schools will admit students who have completed the requirements to sit for the NCLEX (and are in the process of scheduling their test), most require that you are an RN prior to being admitted to the program. I personally would not want to be working, taking a nursing class and studying for the boards all at the the same time, so passing the NCLEX before starting an RN-BSN program seems like the way you want to go. YMMV though.

    I'm not aware of any RN-BSN program - online or traditional classroom - that would not be open to international students.
    Thanks for your time and reply. i appriciate it. any more information would be welcome.

    thanks
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    Talked to Nina today at OU...looks like I'm going to apply sometime this week to start in June. I had a bad experience with Kent State recently while taking classes, that I just dropped out. I told Nina about my experience and she said it should not be the same at OU so crossing fingers.
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    Quote from Gold2010
    can any one tell me one have to pass boards before going to RN TO BSN program or can start before. plz share your views . can international students appply for it. thanks
    You can apply before you pass the boards.
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    I am STILL waiting to hear from OU!!! Anyone else in the hurry up and wait mode??? It has been quite a while since I started this process...
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    I just contacted them to get some basic information. i did find out if I want to apply, the next start date is June 20th and that I have until April 15th to get all paperwork/transcripts in. I also have a financial aid question out that may or may not be answered. I am eligible for state grants and I need to find out if state grants can be used in an out of state school.
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    Well, I finally got to see how many classes I'd have to take at Ohio University. 12 nursing classes, plus several gen ed courses I don't already have. Even though they don't have a clinical component 12 nursing classes....bleh. Judging from the classes I already have I have at least 4 extra courses, that is if everything transfers from all the schools I've been too. The only way I'll know for sure is to apply and get a transcript evaluation.

    Question: why do different school have different number of RN coursework?
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    Quote from WildcatFanRN
    Well, I finally got to see how many classes I'd have to take at Ohio University. 12 nursing classes, plus several gen ed courses I don't already have. Even though they don't have a clinical component 12 nursing classes....bleh. Judging from the classes I already have I have at least 4 extra courses, that is if everything transfers from all the schools I've been too. The only way I'll know for sure is to apply and get a transcript evaluation.

    Question: why do different school have different number of RN coursework?
    The total number of nursing credits needed for the BSN at OU is 90, of which 40 are considered Lower Division and already satisfied by virtue of your RN. The 12 nursing classes representing 50 credits are the Core RN-BSN program classes and are the minimum number of classes that any transfer student needs to take. Though there appear to more than with some other programs, each class is only 5 weeks long. Assuming you've gotten all of the other pre-reqs out of the way, even taking one course at a time should allow you to complete the program in just over a year.

    Obviously then, the issue boils down to the non-nursing courses. OU has tiered general education requirements and some of the Tier 2 requirements are quite ambiguously labeled (e. g., Writing and Rhetoric, Quantitative Skills and Cross-Cultural Perspectives). I was able to speak directly with an academic advisor in the nursing school at OU and asked for some clarification but did not really get an answer as to what qualifies. Writing and Rhetoric would seem to be satisfied by most any higher-level English, speech or journalism courses with a writing component. The sense I got was that the Quant requirement would be satisfied by math, science and/or stat course (there is also a specific stat requirement). Cross-Cultural Perspectives could be courses in non-western religion or history and social sciences such as anthro or soc. The bottom line is that there's really no way to get a definitive answer before applying and submitting your credentials for evaluation.

    As to the issue of why different schools require different courses, the answer is probably because each school is different and each state's BON has slightly different requirements.

    While OU remains my first choice, I'm a bit apprehensive about them. I submitted my application nearly 3 weeks ago and can't even get confirmation that they've received it (since the check for the application fee has apparently not even been deposited yet, you can see why I'm apprehensive). So even though it's going to cost me at least another $100, I'm going to hedge my bets and send an application to UT-A.
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