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RN to BS in Nursing

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a cohort group?

A cohort group is a group of 12 to 25 adult students who complete the adult degree completion program curriculum as a unit. Students enjoy the collaborative learning that takes place with the cohort group and the lasting relationships that develop.

How is it possible to complete my degree so quickly?

EMU’s degree completion program builds on the college-level work you have already completed. Students must hold a current RN license to begin the program. Forty-three semester hours will be earned through the nursing curriculum.

To graduate from Eastern Mennonite University you must earn 124 semester hours. The additional semester hours may be generated by taking additional courses or by documenting college-level learning in a portfolio. Portfolio credit must be earned while students are enrolled in the nursing curriculum. Additional courses may be taken at EMU or other institutions (with prior approval) before students begin the curriculum, while enrolled, or after they complete the curriculum.

An academic advisor works with students to assist them with their individualized academic plan. This one-on-one academic advising is one of the reasons EMU is so successful with graduation rates.

If I haven’t taken a college class in years, can I be successful in this program?

Yes! Our degree completion programs for nursing and management are designed for adult learners. Classes are discussion-oriented, drawing from your practical work experience. Curricula are writing intensive; students write papers applying what they have learned. They are not required to memorize information for examinations. As students progress through the program, their writing continues to show marked improvement.

Are all the students Mennonites?

No. Very few EMU degree completion students are Mennonites. Students come from a wide variety of religious heritages and backgrounds. Since EMU is a Christian liberal arts college, students are required to take religion courses such as “Biblical Perspectives” and “Issues and Values.” Learn more about Mennonites and EMU.

Are career services available to degree completion students?

Yes! The services provided by the EMU’s office of career services are available to all EMU students. Students can receive help with resume and cover letter writing as well as learning interviewing skills and more

What are the RN to BS in nursing admission requirements?

Prospective students need a current RN license to be admitted to the program. They must also have a grade point average of at least a 2.0. Because the classes are discussion- oriented, students are encouraged to have work experience or significant volunteer experience as an RN or LPN. Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis.

Work environment also provides a place in which students can practice what they are learning in the classroom. Because the curriculum is writing-intensive, successful completion of a writing sample is required of all applicants.

EMU’s degree completion program does not have a selective admissions policy. We do, however, have a rolling admissions policy which means that the first qualified applicants for a particular cohort group will comprise that group. Currently, two cohort groups are beginning the nursing programs each academic year (April and November).

What is the cost of going from RN to BS in nursing?

Cost varies from fiscal year to year (July 1 to July 30) but current cost for the RN to BS in nursing program is about $17,000. This cost covers 43 nursing semester hours of credit, all textbooks, additional materials, and fees – including application and graduation fees.

If students request credit hours through their portfolio, they pay an additional $50 per semester hour of petitioned credit. If students petition for 10 or more semester hours, the cost is a reduced flat rate.

Is there financial aid to help with my costs?

Yes! There are several types of financial aid available. Students are eligible to apply for federal financial aid like Pell grants and direct student loans. A full breakdown is available on our financial aid page. Applying for financial aid in a timely manner and following up on any request for additional forms or loan information is very important.

Church grants are matched up to $1,000.

Some students may receive financial assistance and scholarships for the RN to BS in Nursing program from their employers. If you are receiving employer assistance you will need to have your employer authorize payment for the program.