Nursing RN-to-BSN Completion Program FAQ
Can I earn my BSN at LHU?
Absolutely. All the B.S.N. nursing courses and the general education requirement courses, with the exception of Natural Sciences, can be taken online through Lock Haven University. If you graduated from LHU, you will need to follow and complete the “Request to Resume to Studies” guidelines and procedures. All others will need to “Apply to the University” for admission.
How long do I have to complete the BSN program?
A student has five (5) years to complete the baccalaureate. The full time curriculum is set up to be completed in two (2) years or you can go part time and take up to five (5) years.
Is the entire program online?
Yes, the BSN nursing courses are all online and most of the general education requirements can be taken online too. The only area that doesn’t have any online courses to date is “Natural Sciences”. The microbiology course completed as a part of your Associate of Science Degree in Nursing would cover 3/4 of the needed credits and you would then need 3 more credits to complete that requirement. If you took Biology 101 or Chemistry 101 as a pre-requisite to your ASN degree, you will have already fulfilled the Natural Science requirements for the BSN.
Am I required to be at my computer at the same time on the same day each week?
No, students complete their assignments at their convenience but before the deadline. Assignment deadlines vary from professor to professor. The student will be provided with a syllabus at the beginning of the semester which states when assignments and examinations are due.
Do I need high speed internet access and a certain type of computer to be in this program?
Click on this link and try the “Browser Test” to make sure your computer setup is compatible with the D2L system that Lock Haven University uses for online courses. The aforementioned link also provides information regarding the technical requirements you will need in order for your online learning experience to be successful.
How do I submit my assignments and take examinations?
All assignments and exams are submitted through D2L, the university’s Web-based course management system.
How do I complete research for my assignments and will I need to travel to my local library to get what I need?
How do I contact my instructor, advisor or Nursing department?
Your Lock Haven University email would be the best way to contact these individuals. Communication by phone or in-person would also be another way to contact us. You can locate phone numbers and emails on the LHU Nursing website or the LHU personnel directory.
How much does it currently cost to take online courses?
Tuition and costs are determined by the Board of Governors on or about July 1 of each year. For current tuition costs for on-line courses check our website at: http://www.lhup.edu/financial-services/Distance-Education.htm.
Can I get financial aid for distance education?
Yes. In general, the same type of federal and state* financial aid available to students taking traditional, classroom courses is available to students taking online courses. All students must be degree-seeking, academically eligible, and for most financial aid programs, enrolled at least half-time. Federal Pell Grants may be available to eligible undergraduate students enrolled less than half-time. Financial aid packages for undergraduate students may consist of grants, work study, and loans, while most aid for graduate students comes from federal loan sources. Visit the Financial Aid website for comprehensive information.
How do I determine how much financial aid I can receive for this program?
Students who are enrolled in a program where they take all of their courses on-line are eligible to use any federal grants and federal loans (Stafford) for which they qualify as per the FAFSA. For more information go directly to the university’s student Financial Aid website.
Important Note for Undergraduate Students Enrolled in Online Programs (e.g. RN to BSN program): LHU students enrolled in online, undergraduate degree programs do not qualify for Pennsylvania (PA) State Grants administered by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). PHEAA requires that at least 50 percent of an online program’s course requirements be completed through traditional, classroom instruction in order for students in those programs to receive state grant funding. For example, students enrolled in LHU’s RN to BSN program do not qualify for PA State Grant because all courses required for that program are delivered online.
Do I need to pay my bill upfront if my employer offers me tuition reimbursement?
Yes, the student is responsible for the bill up front. The reimbursement from the employer can be sent to the University which will be placed in the student’s account for the next semester’s payment.
If I have a bachelor's degree in another major, can I be admitted to the BSN program?
No, sorry, you must be a current Registered Nurse in the state which you reside in order to enroll in this program.