FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Online Program
Is the BSN program accredited?

Yes. The undergraduate program offered by the School of Nursing is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and registered by the New York State Education Department.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 463-6930


How can I apply?

You can easily apply online by clicking on the Apply Now button at the top of this page or at https://www.dyc.edu/myonlineapp. You are considered a transfer application into D’Youville College as you have your nursing degree from an ADN or diploma nursing program. Additionally, please contact Mary Evanco-Caryk our Nurse Recruiter for additional assistance in applying at evancom@dyc.edu or 716-829-7714.

Why should I return to school for a BSN?

Registered nurses can enhance their potential for employment or advancement by pursing a bachelor's degree in nursing. As the healthcare environment shifts to more primary and preventive care throughout the community, new skills in management, more independent decision-making, and patient education are needed.

In D'Youville College's RN to BSN program, you will draw upon your previous education and experience and focus on:
  • interdisciplinary studies
  • health care studies
  • management preparation
  • community-based nursing


What is the cohort size?

The first year program cohort size will be limited to 10.

Do students have a place they can exchange information outside of the virtual classroom?

Communication is a very important aspect of our online RN to BSN program. Students will have access to a Moodle site specifically designed to promote exchange of ideas and support throughout the program. On this site, there will be a place for students to ask questions that they have about navigating through the program, and faculty will be available to respond.

Are all the courses offered only online?

All nursing courses required for the degree are offered online. Additionally, the college core requirements are also offered online for this cohort.

How will each course be conducted?

The course management system used at D’Youville College is Moodle. You will be given access to the Moodle page of your course where you will find your course requirements and course work.

Can I take classes in any order?

No. Some of the courses contain prerequisites and these must be fulfilled in order to be eligible to register for some of the courses.

I am an LPN in the US or an RPN in Canada. Is this the right program for me?

This is not a bridge program for LPNs or RPNs, but you are welcome to apply for our traditional undergraduate Baccalaureate of Science degree in Nursing

Technology Requirements
  • Laptop  or desktop with a modern web browser (latest version)

    • Internet Explorer
    • Mozilla Firefox
    • Google Chrome
    • Safari

    • Robust internet connection--wired when videoconferencing and testing
    • Webcam/Microphone capability for videoconferencing and testing

    • Computer Plugins
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader
      Java
      Shockwave
      Adobe Flash Player

  • Video Players
    • VLC player
    • Windows Media Player classic
    • QuickTime Player

    • Software
      • Microsoft Office/ Open Office
      • IRC client recommended by the college (for text based chatting)
        • HexChat (Windows)
        • Colloquy (Mac)
        • Skype
      • DYC credentials (E-mail/STACI, Moodle)
      • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office, navigating through a browser, etc.


Time
How long will it take to complete the BSN program?

The program takes 2 years of full-time study to complete.

How long are the semesters and when do they start?

Semesters are 15 weeks long and the fall semester will begin August 26, 2013.

How many start dates are there each year?

We are currently accepting students for Fall start in the 2013-2014 school year.

How many credits will I take per semester?

D’Youville College full-time credit load is 12 credits. The RN-BSN completion program is flexible and part-time study is available for the busy, working professional.

Do I need to take courses that are not in the nursing major?

Yes. D’Youville requires that all students take a rounded program of humanistic studies called the core curriculum.

Are there any clinical courses in this program?

Yes. Two of the nursing courses contain a precepted clinical experience. You will be given the freedom to arrange for your preceptor to structure the experience around what works best for your schedule and your area of interest.

Can I just complete the work in each course as time permits?

No. Our current program is a traditional semester based format with due dates during the course of the semester.

Program Requirements

Do I need to be a Registered Nurse (RN) to participate in D’Youville’s online RN-BSN program?

Yes. You must have a current valid New York State RN license in order to be admitted and complete the program.

What are the admission requirements?

2.5 GPA; under 2.5, may be admitted on a discretionary basis to the BSN program only.

Current unrestricted RN license as a professional nurse.

How much professional experience is required for new students preparing to enter the BSN option?

Students are allowed to enroll in the program if they are not working currently or if they are working. A current valid New York State Nursing license is the only requirement.

Can I continue to work while obtaining my BSN degree from D’Youville College?

Yes. The RN to BSN program does not require you to work to participate in the program.

Do you accept transfer credits into the program and how will I know which credits will transfer?. Can I transfer other undergraduate courses that I took elsewhere into the RN to BSN program?

Yes provided the course is accepted by the registrar and the School of Nursing. A grade of “C” or better is required and an official transcript to be considered.



Costs
What are the costs of the RN to BSN Online program?

Application on line:        No charge
Tuition:                        $350 per credit hour. This represents the 50% discount given to all RN to BSN students.
Student Fees                $65.00 part time, $130.00 full time


Is there financial aid available?

Yes. You will have an opportunity to apply for financial aid.

What other costs besides tuition will I have?

Books and your costs for computer equipment and software you may need to acquire.

Do I have to own a computer in order to enroll in this program?

Yes. You will need reliable and daily access to an updated working computer to be successful in an online program.