BSN - Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I get a BSN?

Nursing governing organizations encourage hospitals to hire BSN-prepared nurses.  Research has shown that BSN nurses provide a level of care that supports safer care and better health outcomes for patients (Blegen et al., 2013).  In addition, most organizations require a BSN for progression in nursing leadership roles, such as charge nurses and unit managers. 

Blegen, M. A., Goode, C. J., Park, S. H., Vaughn, T., & Spetz, J. (2013). Baccalaureate education in nursing and patient outcomes. The Journal of Nursing Administration, 43(2), p. 89-94.

Do I have to go to campus for BSN classes

UVU offers two options for taking BSN core classes:  hybrid and online courses.  Hybrid courses have both in-class and online requirements:  students go to campus Tuesdays for the classroom experience and also have online work.  This is considered a hybrid learning environment.

Conversely, online courses are not held on campus.  Classes meet asynchronously online (not needing to be present at the same time) over the course of the semester.

How do online courses, hybrid courses, and independent study courses differ?

Although both independent study courses and online courses are delivered through online means, the types of courses are very different.

  • UVU’s BSN program offers online courses for core curriculum and elective credits.  This means the student accesses course content and assignments throughout each week of the semester, and there are multiple due dates.  This necessitates frequently accessing the online learning management system called Canvas throughout the week; how frequently this occurs varies from course to course. 
  • UVU’s BSN program also offers hybrid courses for core curriculum and elective credits.  A hybrid course is a mix of both in-class and online education.  Classes meet each Tuesday to fulfill a portion of the credit time, and the rest is accounted for in online learning activities.
  • During an independent study course, students are able to complete some elective course requirements and assignments at their own pace. Independent study courses generally have one due date--at the very end of the course.  Independent study hours can contribute to the elective course requirement in the BSN program. Several of our faculty are willing to work with students guiding their independent study hours. 

Is it possible to do a combination of hybrid and online courses in the BSN program?

Students enrolled in the BSN program may take all of their courses online, hybrid, or a combination of both.

I have heard that online courses are easier. Is this true?

Some students have the perception that online courses are easier than face-to-face courses.  This is not true; the same academic rigor is in both types.  In fact, depending on the type of learner students are, taking online courses can be more challenging.  Being successful in online courses requires the student be proactive at figuring out course content and assignments, as there is no teacher physically present as in a traditional classroom.  Online courses can be challenging unless students set priorities to understand the course requirements and consistently meet the expectations through the semester.

What are the advantages of taking online courses?

Online courses allow students to not be physically present on campus.  Some students find more flexibility completing online course assignments around their varied work schedules.  In the online environment, students need to be self-motivated and proactive about their learning to be successful.

Consider how you learn best.  If you are more motivated with a teacher in a classroom or appreciate the structure a classroom offers, face-to-face classrooms may fit your learning style.  

If I take an online course, how much time will I need to commit to the course during a week?

For college courses, 1.0 credit equates to student engagement in learning activities for approximately 3 hours a week, amounting to 45 hours over the semester. For online courses, class time includes participating in assigned readings, online discussions, research, and other assignments. Most online courses require a significant amount of “seat” time at the computer. Additionally, these hours are multiplied with each credit (e.g. a 2.0 credit course requires 6 hours of work each week, or 90 hours during the semester; a 3.0 credit course requires 9 hours of work each week, or 135 hours during the semester, etc.).  

Can I work as a nurse while taking BSN online courses?

Yes. In fact, students are encouraged to work as an RN while taking courses in UVU’s BSN program. However, because these are rigorous, upper-division courses, students are encouraged to carefully evaluate their abilities, time constraints, and other commitments when determining how many courses to take each semester.

Can I go to school part time and finish my BSN?

Yes.  Students have seven years from enrollment to finish their BSN coursework.  Students who take more than seven years may have to complete any new requirements made by the Nursing Department. 

I heard that I could complete my BSN in a year.  Is this true?

This is a possibility, however students are encouraged to assess their personal and professional time commitments and make this decision wisely.  Students who completed nursing school at a location other than UVU may have other general education or upper division requirements for the BSN, which could lengthen completion times.  All students should make consulting with the nursing advisor a priority as they plan their BSN completion.  

Are BSN courses held during the summer?

Currently, core courses are offered only during fall and spring semesters.  

I have been out of school a long time. Can I really do this?

Many students have successfully completed the UVU BSN program, including those who were in nursing school before computers were used.  UVU has many support systems in place to help students navigate the UVU BSN program.  Be proactive and reach out for help.  We canpoint you to UVU resources to help you be successful.

 

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