Master's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Students who stop following their plan or who do not take classes for a semester or more will be required to contact the Graduate Program Advisor the semester before they wish to return (by the end of week 8 of the Fall and Spring semesters or by the end of week 5 of the Summer semester) to have their plan of study updated and be reactivated in the system before they will be allowed to register for the next semester’s courses. All nursing and campus deadlines apply regardless of a student’s current enrollment status.

After one (1) year with no nursing course work, the student will be on the inactive list. The student will need to petition the Admissions and Progressions Committee to be allowed to continue in the program.

After two (2) years with no course work, the student will be dropped from the program. The student will need to reapply to the program and will be considered with all other applicants.

About the Program

There are two major track choices, nurse practitioner (family) and leadership (educator or administration)

Q. How long will it take to finish the program?

A. Full-time graduate study is 9 semester hours, part-time study is 2-6 semester hours.
All students are part-time and take 1-2 courses/semester.
Usually it takes about 3 years, but you have up to 6 years to complete.

Q. Is the program totally online?

A. Yes, all work is completed online including tests.

B. We follow a semester schedule.

Q. Are there any trips to campus?

A. No onsite visits are required.

Q. How long has the program been online?

A. The MS program was converted to online beginning in 1999.


Q. How do I apply? 

A. There are two applications to complete electronically.  Supplemental materals are required for both applications.

  1. Graduate School

  2. School of Nursing Program Application

Q. Is there an application fee?

A. Yes, there is an application fee required as part of the Graduate School application.

B. There are clinical fees for advanced clinical courses ($400).

Q. Are there clinical course fees? 

A. There are clinical fees for NUR 634, 680, 682, 684, and 672. ($400/course) 

Q. Do I need to take undergraduate assessment before the program begins?

A. No, you can take this during the program. It is in the RN-BS distance program.

Q. If I have a family or job related problem, may I skip a semester, or do I have to be readmitted?

A. Students may skip semesters and return to classes without being readmitted. After 2 years, you will have to reapply. Your academic advisor will revise your plan of study based on when courses are offered.

Q. Do I need to buy a mobile device ?

A. Yes, with School of Nursing specifications. You will be sent information for the mobile device after you are registered for Nursing 605.

Course Sequence

Q. How will I know which courses to take?

A. A plan of study will be made out for you upon admission. You may change the plan by discussing this with your program advisor.

Q. May I go full time?

A. The program is designed for part-time study. There may be some semesters that you can take three courses.

Q. May I register for another course as soon as I finish one?

A. No, courses are taught on a semester basis and follow a curriculum sequence. This program is not a correspondence program.

Q. What is the timeframe for offering courses?

A. Semesters are 16 weeks for spring and fall semesters and 10 weeks for summer semester.

Q. Do I work at my own pace?

A. The program is structured on a semester basis with assignments due at certain times. You may work at your own pace during the assignment period, usually every week.

Q. Is NUR 605 required ? Do I need to take the Information Technology course?

A. Yes

Transfer Courses

Q. How many courses can I transfer?

A. For the Family NP track (15 hours)

For the Leadership tracks (9 hours)

Courses must be no more than 6 years old at the time you graduate and a grade of B or higher is required.
For the Post Master's certificate program up to 9 hours. However, you must take 12 hours at BSU to get a certificate.

How do Courses Work?
The BlackBoard system is used for courses. This system is structured for coursework including an announcement page, access to syllabi, modules, web links such as library, a discussion board and quizzes. Students post weekly on the discussion board and others respond.

Clinical Experiences

Q. Where do I go for clinicals?

A. Clinicals are done in your home community with preceptors you select based on the requirements of the course. A clinical supervisor will be a second person you select to evaluate you onsite for advanced role courses.

Q. Will you help me find preceptors?

A. If other students have done clinical in your area your faculty may be able to provide preceptor names in your area. Generally the student knows individuals in their area who can serve as preceptors.

Financial Information

Q. Can I apply for Financial Aid?

A. Financial Aid


Q. What is the tuition and do you have a payment plan?

A. Distance Tuition


Q. How do I communicate with my instructor?

A. Via e-mail and phone.