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Frequently Asked Questions

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    For information not found in these Frequently Asked Questions, our friendly advisors can assist you with professional guidance and timely assistance. Contact an RN-BS Advisor.

Are there any on-campus classes or requirements?

While you are always welcome to visit the School of Nursing, the RN-BS Completion Track is 100% online. There is no time when you are required to be on the Boise State campus.

Are there any prerequisites?

A 3-credit undergraduate statistics course must be taken during your first semester or prior to enrolling in the RN-BS program. Review options on meeting this requirement

What are the requirements for clinical hours?

You will take two project-based courses that allow you to put what you are learning into practice. One project is community health oriented and the other is a leadership project. While you may work with a mentor or supervisor on these projects, you will not need a preceptor and there are no traditional clinical hours required to complete the program.

Can I take RN-BS courses while I am still completing my ADN?

Yes.  If you are currently enrolled in an associate degree program, you can enroll in pre-licensure RN-BS courses and concurrently work on your associate degree and bachelor’s degree. The pre-licensure courses may also be taken while your prepare for the NCLEX.  However, you will need to pass the NCLEX before enrolling in any of the courses that require an RN license. View dual enrollment options.

Do I need an RN License to apply to the program?

No. You can apply to the program and begin taking pre-licensure courses prior to sitting for the NCLEX.  However, you will need to pass the NCLEX before enrolling in any courses that require the RN-license.  View curriculum showing pre-licensure vs. license-required courses.

When do classes start?

Fall semester typically begin in late August, spring semester begins in early January and summer semester starts in early May. There are some condensed courses that begin later in the semester. For exact start dates by term, please see the Boise State academic calendar.

How long does it take to complete the RN-BS Track?

The RN-BS is designed so that you can create a schedule that works for you. On average, RN-BS students enroll in 5-7 credits per semester and complete the program in 18 months by attending year-round. For students who dual enroll or who desire an accelerated schedule, the program can be completed in less time. There is no penalty for not completing the program within a prescribed time — if you prefer a slower pace, you can enroll in one class at a time or take summers off.

How many classes should I take in a semester?

Each student chooses how many credits to take each semester based upon a careful evaluation of personal, family, and/or professional commitments. On average, students who are working full-time take 6-7 credits per semester (1-3 classes).

What is the cost?

The average cost to complete the RN-BS Completion Track, including distance education fees, books, application fees, and fees for prior learning credits is $12,500. For up-to-date information, view cost information.

Are scholarships or financial aid available?

Our student services coordinator keeps a comprehensive list of scholarships available on our student portal “The Nurse’s Station”. Federal financial aid is available to eligible students enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits per semester.

How many credits are required to graduate?

You will need a total of 120 credits to earn a bachelor’s degree from Boise State. Credits can be earned through a combination of transfer credits, credits for prior learning and a minimum of 30 credits earned from the RN-BS curriculum at Boise State, plus any other general education (core) courses required for graduation.

Will I need to take any non-nursing general education courses?

If you graduate(d) with an Associate of Science degree, from a regionally accredited school, you will meet Boise State’s general education requirements and will not need to take any non-nursing general education courses.

If you graduate(d) with an Associate of Applied Science or you are a Diploma Nurse, contact our RN-BS advisor for a preliminary evaluation of the credits that will transfer and a list of any general education courses required for graduation. Call 208-426-1727 or send your unofficial transcript(s) to rnbs@boisestate.edu.

How can I get my transcripts evaluated?

Call 208-426-1727 or send your unofficial transcript(s) to rnbs@boisestate.edu. An advisor will provide you with a preliminary evaluation of the credits that will transfer and a list of any general education (core) courses required for graduation.