Why would I choose online education over face to face
Online instruction allows education to be convenient for the
learner providing students with a classroom environment that they
can attend anytime and anywhere. Students, who have family and
work obligations, find that online instruction provides the most
flexibility for busy life and work schedules. While most students
like the convenience and flexibility of an online classroom,
online education is not for everyone. Students must take
responsibility for their learning, be self-directed and
disciplined in their study habits. See if an online program
is right for you with the
Online Readiness Self-Assessment.
What should I know regarding this 12 month program?
This fast paced program requires students to be organized and
have good time management skills as there are five 10-week
sessions. This schedule requires planning and organization
to complete required course work in a timely fashion. The fast
paced nature of this program does not allow students to drop in
or out of their designated cohort. The 12-month option is
rigorous offering little opportunity for review or remediation.
Should a student need to take a leave of absence, they may need
to reapply. Re-admittance to the program is not guaranteed and is
on a space available basis.
How many students are admitted and how often?
Thirty students will be accepted to the online RN-BSN program
every fall and spring semester. Student applications are taken
every summer. The first 30 completed applications will be
accepted; applications are date/time stamped.
Are there any face to face requirements?
The online RN-BSN program has two mandatory face to face
Orientation: Students are required to
attend a mandatory orientation for their cohort.
Community Health Clinical: Students will
complete 90 community health clinical hours over the 10-week
summer session. Arrangements for clinical assignments will
start six month prior to the start of class. Students will not
make personal arrangements with community agencies; students
will work with the program director for their community health
clinical placement. Students are required to meet all
immunization, CPR, and school of nursing clinical requirements
prior to the start of community health clinicals. Students are
responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical
sites. California State Board and CCNE accreditation
requirements, and the American Nurses Association Scope and
Standards of Practice provide guidance for all clinical
What technology is required for online instruction?
Students will communicate, document, and complete assignments
using the Blackboard
platform. Course work through Blackboard is asynchronous;
however, faculty may provide real time or synchronous learning
opportunities for students. Students will be required to engage
in both individual and collaborative group work in the online
View Blackboard Computer requirements.
Am I part of Stanislaus State?
As a student in the online RN-BSN program you are admitted to the
Stanislaus State system and must adhere to all university and
program policies. Once course work is completed you are eligible
to graduate with your Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Commencement occurs every spring. We encourage all of our
students to participate in the graduation commencement and