RN to BSN Program FAQ

  1. When do my classes meet?
  2. Must I take other classes in addition to the Nursing courses?
  3. How large will my classes be?
  4. How is taking an online course different from an on-campus course?
  5. Do online courses take more time than on-campus courses?
  6. What are the entry requirements for the program?
  7. How long should it take me to complete my program?
  8. Is NEIT accredited?
  9. Is the NEIT Nursing Program Accredited?
  10. Is the program entirely online?
  11. What does the Capstone Practicum involve?
  12. Can I complete the Capstone Practicum at my current workplace?
  13. When should I begin looking for a preceptor for NUR 490: Capstone Practicum course?
  14. Can I transfer the credits that I earn at NEIT to another college?
  15. Do I need to maintain a certain grade epoint average?
  16. Can I transfer credits earned at another college to NEIT?
  17. Is there a residency requirement?
  18. Will advisors be available to me?
  19. How many credits do I need to acquire my Financial Aid?
  20. What does my program cost?
  21. What kind of employment assistance does New England Tech offer?
  22. Where will job opportunities exist?
  23. What are the hardware and software requirements for the program?
  24. Do I need special computer skills in order to take an online course?
  25. How can I get help for my coursework when I need it?
  26. How do I get help from other college departments?
  27. How much time should I expect to dedicate to an online course?
  28. Where do I go for help with technical issues?
  29. How do I buy textbooks?
  30. Are there attendance and participation requirements?
  31. How will I submit my course assignments and take exams?
  32. Will I have an instructor?
  33. Will I interact with other students?
  34. Are there any additional costs/activities associated with this program?
  35. Do I need to have a Criminal Background check?

1. When do my classes meet?

Because the RN to BSN program is online, there are no times when students are required to meet in a traditional on-campus classroom. Faculty may schedule (at their discretion) online discussions or other activities through the online learning software that may require you to attend class at a specific time. These sessions may be recorded for students to access at a later time. However, most online work is expected to be completed based on the student's schedule within the context of the course requirements. [return to top]

2. Must I take other classes in addition to the Nursing courses?

Yes. In addition to your nursing courses, to qualify for your bachelor degree, you will take a total of seven liberal arts courses over the course of your entire program. You must also satisfy the prerequisite for MA 325 Statistics prior to Quarter 10. [return to top]

3. How large will my classes be?

The average size for a class is about 20 students; however, larger and smaller classes occur from time to time. [return to top]

4. How is taking an online course different from an on-campus course?

Online courses offer you flexibility in the scheduling of your class and study time. However, online courses also require self-discipline and self-motivation to do the work that is expected of the course. Since there will be no “lecture” time and no class time to attend, you will need to dedicate an appropriate amount of time to review the course content on the Blackboard learning management system, complete the readings, participate in the online discussion forums, and complete other assignments.

Instead of meeting at a fixed time and location, your online course will run on a weekly schedule starting on a Monday and ending on a Sunday evening. Generally there are no set meeting times during which the entire class meets. Despite this flexibility, you are required to login to your course regularly as described in the course syllabus. Additionally, there may be some assignments when specific due dates must be met. [return to top]

5. Do online courses take more time than on-campus courses?

No. Online courses require the same amount of work as an on-campus course. However, the time you spend in an online course will be different than in an on-campus course. For example, more time may be spent on reading and completing the assignments and responding to electronic posts from both the instructor and other students and less time will be spent on driving to and from campus and no time will be spent in class. [return to top]

6. What are the entry requirements for the program?

A candidate for admission to the RN to BSN degree program must submit:

  1. A two-page essay describing the student's professional goals,
  2. Proof of a valid, unencumbered RN license from any state in the United States or U.S. territory(or be academically qualified to take the NCLEX-RN prior to third quarter of enrollment);
  3. Previous college transcripts verifying graduation with a nursing degree or diploma from an accredited college of nursing with a minimum GPA of 2.0 and completion of the following prerequisite courses (or equivalent) with a C or better,
      • BIO 103/104: Comprehensive Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab
      • BIO 124/125: Comprehensive Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab
      • BIO 122 Microbiology
      • EN 102 English II
      • PS 140: Lifespan Development
      • SO 203: Sociology
      • 2 Humanities Electives
      • Up to 58 credits for foundational liberal arts and science courses of "C" or better.
  4. A completed NEIT application. [return to top]

7. How long should it take me to complete my program?

The RN to BSN program is a part-time program. Students may take up to two nursing courses per quarter.  [return to top]

8. Is NEIT accredited?

Yes. New England Tech is institutionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Accreditation by NEASC is recognized by the federal government and entitles New England Tech to participate in federal financial aid programs.  [return to top]

9. Is the NEIT Nursing Program accredited?

The RN to BSN program is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Candidacy is the first step toward ACEN accreditation. The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) has awarded New England Institute of Technology full ACEN accreditation for its Associate in Science in Nursing program.  [return to top]

10. Is the program entirely online?

All of the RN to BSN courses are offered entirely online. The final course is the Capstone Practicum that includes a 60 hour leadership practicum experience in the student’s specialty area. Students are encouraged to complete the Capstone Practicum in their own community.  [return to top]

11. What does the Capstone Practicum involve?

The objective of the practicum is to collaborate with, and learn from, a nursing leader and expert in a selected leadership or clinical specialty area. The student and preceptor enter into a contractual agreement that further defines the objectives of the practicum preceptorship based on the students’ learning needs and professional goals.  [return to top]

12. Can I complete the Capstone Practicum at my current workplace?

Yes, the Capstone Practicum may be completed in the student’s own workplace. The student will need to identify a Registered Nurse (RN) who will voluntarily assume the role of mentor, teacher, and role model for the RN to BSN student. The preceptor must have at least three years of experience, one of which must be in the area of practicum specialty, and have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Additional guidelines and individualized support are provided to all matriculated students.  [return to top]

13. When should I begin looking for a preceptor for NUR 490: Capstone Practicum course?

It is never too early to begin thinking about potential nurse preceptors! It is highly recommended that students begin identifying and speaking with potential preceptors early in the program of study but no later than when they are two quarters away from enrolling in NUR 490: Capstone Practicum.  [return to top]

14. Can I transfer the credits that I earn at NEIT to another college?

The transferability of course credit is always up to the institution to which the student is transferring. Students interested in the transferability of their credits should contact the Office of Teaching and Learning for further information. [return to top]

15. Do I need to maintain a certain grade point average?

Yes, students need to maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) to remain in good standing. A minimum grade of C (73%) is required for all courses taken to complete the RN to BSN Program. Students may repeat a nursing course only once. A student will be dismissed from the program if any two NUR courses are not passed with a C or better. [return to top]

16. Can I transfer credits earned at another college to NEIT?

Transfer credit for appropriate baccalaureate level courses taken at an accredited institution will be considered for courses in which the student has earned a "C" or above. An official transcript from the other institution must be received at a minimum of one week prior to the start of the course for which transfer credit is being requested. [return to top]

17. Is there a residency requirement?

Yes. To be eligible for graduation from New England Tech with the RN to BSN degree, students must complete the last 34 credit hours as a matriculated student in the RN to BSN program at New England Tech. [return to top]

18. Will advisors be available to me?

Yes. Students in the RN to BSN program will be assigned a Student Advisor from the Office of Student Support Services and a faculty advisor. The institution has developed a two-tiered approach to student advising: a Student Advisor assigned from the Office of Student Support Services and a faculty advisor.
The New England Tech Student Advisor provides guidance, encouragement and support to students and is the primary point of contact for all student concerns and information about New England Tech policies and procedures.

From the individual student’s perspective the New England Tech Student Advisor is the student’s college-wide advisor on all matters related to success at New England Tech. Student Advisors assists students who are experiencing difficulties with their course work or who encounter problems that interfere with the successful completion of their program. Student Advisors monitor students’ attendance and academic progress and contact students as needed. The Student Advisor’s outreach to the students includes weekly emails to students and, as needed, individual phone calls to the students. Students may meet with their Student Advisor for a degree audit and for assistance with course selection and registration.

Students with disabilities who wish to request accommodations must self identify, communicate their needs to their Student Advisor and provide current and comprehensive documentation concerning the nature and extent of their disability.

The RN to BSN program identifies a department faculty advisor to council students on academic matters. These faculty advisors are assigned by the department chair and provide students with direction in course curriculum including the selection of appropriate elective courses as well as other appropriate academic program advice. [return to top]

19. How many credits do I need to acquire my Financial Aid?

Full time students receive the maximum amount of financial aid for which they are eligible. Full-time status for the purpose of federal financial aid programs is 12 or more per quarter. Students having an academic credit load of less than 12 credits are also eligible for financial aid, but their aid awards may be pro-rated based on their credit load. Students must have a credit load of at least 6 credits per academic quarter to be eligible for any type of financial aid. Pro-ration and eligibility vary based on the aid program. The Financial Aid Department at New England Tech can answer any questions you may have about your credit load and its effect on your financial aid funding. [return to top]

20. What does my program cost?

The cost of your program will be as outlined in your enrollment agreement, along with your cost for books and other course materials. (See current Tuition and Fees for the RN to BSN program)  [return to top]

21. What kind of employment assistance does New England Tech offer?

The Office of Career Services assists New England Tech students and graduates at the East Greenwich, RI campus and online in resume writing, interviewing skills, and the development of a job search strategy. Upon completion of their program, students may submit a resume to be circulated to employers for employment opportunities that, for the most part, may exist in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Employers regularly contact the Office of Career Services about our graduates. In addition, our Office of Career Services contacts employers to develop job leads. A strong relationship with employers exists as a result of New England Tech’s training students to meet the needs of industry for over fifty years. No school can, and New England Tech does not, guarantee to its graduates employment or a specific starting salary. [return to top]

22. Where will job opportunities exist?

Employment opportunities are available nationally and internationally. Graduates have obtained employment in many different areas. One of the most exciting aspects of this program is the ability to look nationally for employment opportunities. [return to top]

23. What are the hardware and software requirements for the program?

 

Recommended

Minimum

Operating System:

Windows XP or 7 or Macintosh OS X (10.5+)

Windows XP or Macintosh OSX


Processor:

2+ GHz


1 GHz

Memory:

4GB

1GB

Plug-ins:

Adobe PDF Reader, Flash Player, QuickTime, Java

Adobe PDF Reader, Flash Player, QuickTime, Java

Browser:

Firefox 7 or Internet Explorer 8/9

Firefox 7 or Internet Explorer 8.0

Display:

1024x768


800x600

Software:

Microsoft Office 2007/2010

Microsoft Office 2003 or Open Office, PowerPoint 2007 Viewer, Google Docs

Internet Connection:

FiOS/DSL/CABLE

DSL/CABLE

Email Account:


NEIT student email account

NEIT student email account

Sound Card:

Required

Required

Online students must be capable of installing and maintaining their own computer’s hardware and software. New England Tech does not assist students with the setup of their computers.

Information about obtaining the software (if any) will be made available to you at the start of each course.

24. Do I need special computer skills in order to take an online course?

Yes, you will need to be able to comfortably navigate the Internet, use email, attach documents to email, install software and hardware on your home computer at a basic level. [return to top]

25. How can I get help for my coursework when I need it?

There are several ways that you can get the help you need with your coursework. First, your instructor will be available to you through email, chat and the phone; second, your Student Advisor is also available through email, chat and the phone; and finally, the Academic Skills Center will be available via email and the phone. PLEASE NOTE: It is important for both your personal and professional growth that you do all the work yourself. New England Tech has a strict Academic Honesty Policy that is part of every course syllabus. [return to top]

26. How do I get help from other college departments?

At the beginning of each quarter, you will receive a list of contact information for every college service. The list includes where you can find each service such as the college catalog and URL, the name and contact information for the individual responsible for each service such as the telephone number and email address and the hours when each service is available.  Examples of services include the Academic Skills Center, the Bookstore, the Career Services Office, the Financial Aid, Registrar’s Office, Student Advisors from the Office of Student Support Services, Library, Student Accounts, Office of Teaching and Learning and the Response Desk. [return to top]

27. How much time should I expect to dedicate to an online course?

New England Tech’s policy regarding the amount of work expected of a student is similar to all other colleges and universities. The number of credit hours assigned to coursework is related to the academic time a student is expected to spend in direct faculty instruction and out-of-class work, and reasonably approximates one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately ten weeks for one hour of credit; or at least an equivalent amount of work for other academic activities as established by New England Tech including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work, such as study and exam preparation time, leading to the award of credit hours. [return to top]

28. Where do I go for help with technical issues?

The Response Desk is available through email and the phone. Please realize the Response Desk can only help you with access to your online account. The Response Desk cannot help you with any software or hardware issues with your personal computer. Refer to the Office Hours document that is available in each of your Blackboard courses for specific contact information as well as hours of operation. [return to top]

29. How do I buy textbooks?

Students may purchase their textbooks either through the Bookstore or through online merchants. Your instructor will provide the course syllabus to you prior to the start of class to allow you time to purchase the textbooks. Textbook information for all courses is available through the Bookstore prior to the start of each academic term. Please review the contact information for the Bookstore in the Office Hours document. [return to top]

30. Are there attendance and participation requirements?

Yes. Each week you will be required to participate in various activities such as discussion boards or other assignments for each course. All course activities will be counted towards your attendance and participation grade. [return to top]

31. How will I submit my course assignments and take exams?

You will receive information from your instructor about how to submit your assignments through the Blackboard learning management system. You may be asked to take online or web-based quizzes and exams, submit papers online, engage in group work, or prepare a portfolio of your work online. Your instructor will notify you in advance of his or her testing requirements. In some cases your instructor may require that you take a proctored exam. If a proctored exam is required, you will be required to submit a proctor form to your instructor prior to gaining access to the exam. [return to top]

32. Will I have an instructor?

Yes. Instructors are essential to online learning at New England Institute of Technology. All instructors are trained to teach online or have experience teaching online. They lead the courses and function as facilitators, coaches and tutors. In the online setting, instructors devote as much time to communicating with the class as they do in the traditional classroom. They log in regularly to respond to questions, direct discussion and evaluate assignments. Instructors for all NUR courses have a minimum of an MSN degree. [return to top]

33. Will I interact with other students?

Yes. You will interact with other students in all your online courses. Through online discussions, email and other group activities, you can develop an electronic peer network and participate in discussion forums and online study groups. Although you may never see each other face-to-face, you will establish a group of colleagues. [return to top]

34. Are there any additional costs/activities associated with this program?

All students must have a complete physical examination and required immunizations completed prior to NUR 490 Capstone Practicum course. Mumps, Measles, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Varicella immunization or titres, and tetanus immunizations are required. A TB test is required each year. Personal negligence and malpractice insurance is also required by affiliating facilities where internships are scheduled. Uniforms, equipment, laboratory fees and textbooks will also need to be purchased. [return to top]

35. Do I need to have a Criminal Background check?

All RN to BSN students are required to have a criminal background check from the state in which they hold their license prior to the NUR 490 Capstone Practicum course. [return to top]