Frequently Asked Questions
No, this program is designed for those students who hold a current unencumbered registered nurse license and have graduated from a diploma or associate degree nursing program. Students currently at UB must review the pre-nursing curriculum guidelines for recommended course selection.
If you have graduated from a diploma or associate degree nursing program and are waiting to take or receive your NCLEX results, you may apply to the University but will be granted conditional acceptance until your NCLEX-RN pass results are known. You may only take general education courses until such time as you are waiting for approval of your nursing license.
Yes, many nurses work full-time or have been out of school for an extended period of time. Most courses are offered every 7 weeks and you make take 1 or 2 courses each 7-week term. You may also elect to complete the program at a faster pace and may take up to 4 courses/semester for full-time study.
The University of Bridgeport RN to BSN Completion Program admits on a rolling admission basis. You may be admitted to the program at 6 different start times per year or every other month. If you are accepted but need to defer your start date, please contact admissions prior to registering for courses.
It will depend upon the number of general education courses you are transferring in. You may transfer in up to 90 credits from an accredited institution. It will also depend on how many courses you take per semester. It is possible to complete the program in one academic year plus a summer semester.
Once matriculated as a student at the University of Bridgeport, courses must be completed at UB. The last 30 credits of your degree must also be completed at the University. Permission to take a general education course at other institutions for transfer credit will only be approved for valid reasons.
We recognize that as adult learners who may also be working full-time, sometimes our students need to take a leave for a variety of reasons. You are permitted to request a leave of absence and work with the Director of the School of Nursing, Dean and Registrar to complete the necessary steps in order to do so. You may request a leave for up to one year without having to reapply to the program. It is intended that the RN to BSN completion program be completed within 7 years of matriculation.
Within the RN to BSN completion program there are several courses that include activities that require you to be engaged in a variety of assignments away from the computer at sites convenient to your geographic location. NURS 310 is a community practice experience that requires 35 hours towards completion of a community project. All RN to BSN programs must provide practice experiences to achieve baccalaureate knowledge. These practice experiences enhance students' ability to meet course objectives through a variety of direct and indirect care experiences.
The baccalaureate degree in nursing program at The University of Bridgeport is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.