Frequently Asked Questions

RN to BSN

 What kind of job can I get with this degree?

There are more than 2.5 million nurses in the United States, and the need for nurses is projected to grow in the future!  Over half the nurses in the U.S. work in hospitals in such specialty areas as medical surgical, intensive care, pediatrics, women's health, and others.  There are a wide variety of nursing roles outside the hospital, including hospice, corporations, community health, and more.  Nurses are involved with nearly all aspects of a patient's care, and can be generalist or obtain specialty certifications, master's or doctoral degrees.  Nurses can also practice in advanced roles including nurse practitioners, researchers, and more.

Why choose a Bachelor of Science in Nursing?  What difference does it make in patient care?  The American Association of Colleges of Nursing summarizes the reasons for seeking the baccalaureate degree in nursing, in a position statement for prospective students.

 How many classes do I have to take?

You are required to complete 54 credits of general education coursework and 33 credits
of RN-BSN coursework.

 What kinds of classes will I have to take?

For the general education requirements, you will be taking  anatomy, physiology, microbiology, English composition, public speaking, computers, sociology, psychology, lifespan psychology, humanities, and other nursing related courses.  Additionally, within the RN-BSN Program, you will explore management courses, research, nursing seminars, community health, ethics, data analysis, and a capstone project.

 What is accreditation and what does it mean?

The Indiana University Kokomo School of Nursing is approved by the Indiana State Board of Nursing and the baccalaureate degree program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. We recently earned another ten-year accreditation (2010-2020).  Being accredited means that verifiable steps have been taken by the school to assure that you receive a quality education. Graduating from an accredited school of nursing means that your credits should transfer more easily if you should choose to pursue another degree and that potential employers will have confidence that you received a quality education.

 How many students will be in my classes?     

In our POD sections, both on campus, and our off-site location, there will be between 30 to 35
students.

 What are faculty qualifications?

 All have at least a master’s degree, about 25% have doctorates, another 25% are actively
 pursuing doctorates. Several have specialty certifications. 

 Can I do an internship with this program?

N/A

 Can I study abroad with this degree?

The school of nursing has active cultural and service programs in Guatemala and Korea.  Additionally, students are encouraged to participate in any study abroad program through IU for which they are qualified.

 Will you help me find a job when I graduate?           

 Often students find their first job in nursing at the facility where they complete their capstone experience.  Employers looking for staff often ask the school of nursing to post their help wanted ads the school. 

 Are there student organizations for this degree?

There are two student organizations for nursing student- the Student Nurses’ Association and Nurses’ Christian Fellowship.  Both meet on campus.  Additionally each cohort of students elects two representatives, Student Nurse Leaders.

 How can I get in touch with my professor?

The faculty in the School of Nursing are very available by email, through Oncourse and sometimes phone.  They post their office hours. We highly recommend getting acquainted with your instructors early and staying in contact throughout the program. 

 Do I get an advisor to help me schedule classes?

Students have an opportunity to apply to the School of Nursing when they have successfully completed their pre-requisites.  Our advisors are very knowledgeable about how to be successful in preparing to apply for admission to the School and in helping identify when courses should be taken given the specific student’s needs.  It is highly recommended that students remain in contact with their advisors throughout the program, checking in with an advisor at least once each semester until they are in the program then at least every other semester thereafter until they graduate.