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RN to BSN Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who should apply?
Persons who have completed an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) and hold a current California RN license who would like to complete a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN). The RN to BSN Program can be completed on a full or part time basis; thus allowing students to complete the program at a pace that works with their lifestyle.
2. Can I apply before obtaining my RN license?
Students who are currently in an Associate’s Nursing Program have the opportunity to apply for Concordia’s Dual Enrollment Program. This program allows 3rd and 4th semester ADN students to take one course at Concordia during the Sumer session and one online course the following semester. These students will matriculate into the RN to BSN Program upon graduation and have one semester to receive their RN license.
3. How long does it take to complete the RN to BSN Program?
The RN to BSN Program at Concordia can be completed in as little as 12 months enrolling full-time or 2 years part-time. The average student completes the program in 15-18 months on a part-time basis. This program is flexible and allows students to choose their own personal progression plan.
4. When are the classes offered?
Each course is offered at least twice per calendar year. The classes are set up in a hybrid model, meeting once a week on campus for 4 hours with supplemental work on-line. Students can take as few as 1 or up to 5 courses per semester.
5. When is the application deadline for the RN to BSN Program?
The RN to BSN program accepts students for the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters on a rolling basis. There are no hard and fast deadlines at this time, however, it is recommended to apply approximately six (6) weeks prior to intended start date. For International students, please allow approximately two (2) months for processing.
6. What is the cost for the RN to BSN Program and is Financial Aid available?
The tuition for the 2014–2015 academic year is $480 per unit. The RN to BSN program requires forty (40) total units (this includes 2 online Theology classes). The cost for the entire program is $19,200 (only costs not included are books, patch fee, and graduation fee).
Financial aid is available. Please contact the Financial Aid Department with related questions
7. What is the minimum required GPA for admission?
The minimum GPA is a cumulative 2.5.
8. Can international students apply to the RN to BSN Program?
International students with an active California RN license will be considered through the RN to BSN Admission Counselor. Interested International Students should follow the International Checklist for application
9. Who qualifies as International Students?
International students are defined as those students who are enrolled at institutions of higher education in the U.S. who are neither a U.S. Citizen nor a U.S. Permanent Resident.
10. Where can I complete prerequisite classes? Can they be completed at Concordia University?
Prerequisite classes are transferrable from any regionally accredited college/university, provided the course description meets Concordia’s requirements. Please contact the Admissions Counselor with specific questions.
Applicants may choose to complete the prerequisite classes at Concordia as “non-degree seeking” students. Non-degree seeking students are limited to twelve (12) units per semester.
11. Are online prerequisite classes acceptable?
Online classes from a regionally accredited college/university are acceptable. However, the following courses cannot be completed online:
1. Chemistry (with lab)
2. Anatomy (with lab)
3. Physiology (with lab)
4. Microbiology (with lab)
Please contact the RN to BSN Admission Counselor with specific questions.
12. Is there a time limit associated with prerequisite classes?
No, there are no time limits associated with any of the prerequisite classes for the RN to BSN Program.
13. When I apply, can I have courses in progress?
Students may have some courses in progress or uncompleted at the time of application. However, the three (3) courses that need to be completed prior to application are the following:
Any Support Coursework, listed below, will need to be completed before graduation from Concordia’s RN to BSN Program:
1. Chemistry (with lab)
2. General/Introduction to Psychology
3. Introductory Sociology OR Cultural Anthropology
4. Developmental Psychology – Lifespan (Birth-> Death)
14. If I have already taken some of the required support courses elsewhere can I apply to have them credited towards my BSN degree?
Courses that meet the requirements can be evaluated and applied as credit towards Support Courses and prerequisites except for the two courses listed as "must be taken at CUI".
15. Can I set up an appointment with an admission counselor to go through my transcripts?
Yes, applicants are encouraged to set up an appointment with the RN to BSN Admission’s Counselor to discuss the program and transcripts. Call (949)-214-3277 or send an email to
16. Can I apply for the California Public Health Certificate after completing this program?
The Community Health Theory course and Clinical experiences are designed to prepare graduates to apply for the California Public Health Certificate.
17. Does Concordia provide transportation to and from clinical shifts?
Students are expected to provide their own transportation to, during, and from off-campus clinical rotations.
18. Is there an opportunity for mission experience in the RN to BSN program?
Students may have the opportunity to participate in a service mission experience during their Leadership or Community clinical. This experience will require an additional cost for travel expenses and will vary depending on the mission destination in a particular academic year.
19. Does attaining a bachelor's degree through Concordia’s RN to BSN program meet the requirements for nursing graduate school?
When designing the RN to BSN program, general consideration was given to offering classes that would prepare undergraduate students who may wish to matriculate through a graduate program. It is advised to consult with particular institutions from which you plan to apply to graduate school.