RN to BSN FAQ

Admissions

What are Schreiner University’s admission requirements?
Students must have a current, unencumbered  Registered Nursing license in the United States.  Students must have also earned an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited college/university or an approved international university and have an overall GPA of 2.5 or above. To be admitted, students must complete the online application, send all official transcripts, pay the $50 application fee, and submit their RN license number.

What are the pre-requisites for the Online RN to BSN program?

All students must fulfill the Schreiner core requirements, but these courses are considered co-requisite courses, and can be completed before, concurrently, or after the nursing courses. The core includes 30 hours of undergraduate courses in 6 different categories, as well as an Advanced Composition course.

Will I need to meet with someone for the application process?
No. Schreiner’s online RN to BSN program allows students to fulfill the application and enrollment requirements completely online. If you would like to set up an in-person meeting, we would love to meet you!

If I meet all the admission criteria, will I be admitted?
Yes. Licensed RNs who meet all of the admissions requirements are eligible for the online RN to BSN program.

What is the minimum grade point average to get into the program?
2.5 GPA. Those with GPAs below 2.5 can still be admitted provisionally with approval of the Director of Nursing. 

How many transfer credits am I allowed?
Students may transfer up to 90 credits.

Where should I mail my transcripts?
Schreiner University

CMB 6228

2100 Memorial Blvd

Kerrville, TX 78028

How far back do you look at my transcripts –high school records? By law, Schreiner must have all official college transcripts, but high school records are irrelevant for admission.

Cost and Benefits

How much does this program cost?
With the Schreiner Premier discount, the tuition for the program is only $8,000 ($258 per credit hour). There is only a $90 per session program fee, and without the Schreiner Premier discount the tuition is only $323 per credit hour, making the program only $10,000.

Why should an RN consider earning a BSN?
To better oneself, improve patient comfort and confidence, and develop job stability and security.  There is a major push for academic progression in nursing following the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) national goal that 80% of nurses hold a BSN by 2020.  Increasingly, hospitals require a BSN for new hires, promotions, and internal transfers.

Are scholarships and financial aid available?
All students may apply for federal financial aid. Students employed with partner healthcare providers automatically receive a $2,000 scholarship to make the program more affordable.  For information on how your employer can become a partner, contact Danielle Jenschke at DRJenschke@schreiner.edu or (210)527-6170.

Program Details

How many start dates does this program offer?
Schreiner’s RN to BSN program offers 5 different start dates per year.

Is Schreiner University’s RN to BSN program full-time or part-time?
The program is full-time. However, students may choose to take one class per session, but the students will not finish the degree program in one year. Two classes per session will enable the student to finish the BSN program in a year.

How many courses are taught online?
All nursing classes are taught online. Most general education courses needed to fulfill the Schreiner Core are also available online for students who need them.

Are there any clinicals?
No, there are no traditional clinicals. The program is completely online.

Will any of my work experience qualify as credits?
National nursing certifications will count as one elective course (3 credit hours). No other work experience will qualify.

Key features of this program?
100% online, 5 start dates per year, full-time faculty, no clinicals, one month off for Christmas, and affordable tuition. The fast-paced program allows students to complete the program in as little as twelve months.

I’ve been accepted - now what?
Attend the Online Orientation and read your handbook to learn more about your upcoming classes, familiarize yourself with your professors, faculty and tech support. Contact your Enrollment Specialist with any questions.

What do I need to participate in the program?
Students need basic computing skills, access to a computer with Microsoft Word (or similar) and a reliable internet connection capable of running the Schreiner One platform. Students will need access to their email daily.  

Is this program fully accredited?
Yes. Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission. Our Online RN to BSN program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing.

If I hold a previous bachelor’s degree, do I have to take non-nursing courses?
The Schreiner core requirements must still be met for a Bachelor degree from Schreiner. If these requirements are satisfied by the student’s past education, no non-nursing courses will be required.

Is there a time limit on completing the RN to BSN degree?
No. Students can complete the program in as little as a year, but may take longer if they go part-time. Students may take a session off, but more than two sessions off in a row requires the student to re-apply to the program.

Can a student accelerate their program of study?
It is not recommended for a student to take more than two courses at a time. However, if the student feels that their circumstances will allow them to be successful, a student may take more than 2 courses during a session.

How are classes taught?
All classes are taught online, but the specific format varies by the professor. All course details will be outlined on the syllabus.

Can I take courses at other schools while I’m enrolled at Schreiner?
Yes. However, you are only able to use federal financial aid at one school.

What are the graduation requirements?
In addition to 31 nursing hours, students need 90 hours of general education credit for a total of 121 credit hours. Students may satisfy their full education requirement with transfer credits; however, all students are required to fulfill the Schreiner Core.

Online Course Details

Are there any classes that require special arrangements?
None at this time.

Do I EVER need to come to campus?
No. Schreiner takes pride in a fully online program.

I have never taken an Online class -- how do I know that I can do this?
Schreiner RN to BSN students enjoy a great availability of resources; staff and professors are very accessible. The online orientation walks you through the online systems to help you understand how to navigate them and know how to use them.

Are the online classes self-paced?
No. Classes are asynchronous, meaning there are no set class times but students will have to complete assignments by certain due dates.

What technology do I need?
Good working computer. Reliable internet connection. Microsoft Word encouraged. Each syllabus dictates any other needs.

What supplies will I need?
Students will need the technology listed above. Any other necessary supplies will be covered in each class syllabus.

What do I do if I have trouble with my computer?
Tech office on campus can be contacted at 830-792-7344. Other information will be available at online Orientation.

Where do I get my books?
Students can get their books from any source, the Schreiner Bookstore online offers all textbooks needed. Alternatively, students can shop online at Amazon or other retailers. Most Nursing texts are available directly from the publisher.

Nursing Advising and Directors

Who is my advisor once admitted to the program?
Katy Graczyk is the Enrollment Service Specialist, Admissions - (830) 792-7390 - kgraczyk@schreiner.edu  ~or~  Danielle Jenschke is the Education Partnership Director - (210) 527-6170 - drjenschke@schreiner.edu 

Complaints/Grievances
Contact Director of Nursing, Dr. Julie Lindsay (jlindsay@schreiner.edu)

More info?
Danielle Jenschke ~ Education Partnership Director - (210) 527-6170 - drjenschke@schreiner.edu

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