Frequently Asked Questions...
about the Thomas University RN-BSN Program
Q. What are the requirements to apply to the Thomas University RN-BSN program?
A.Applicants must first be admitted to Thomas University. To apply, complete the application (available online at www.thomasu.edu) and send official transcripts from ALL previous colleges attended to the Admissions Office. After you have been accepted to Thomas University, your application will be forwarded to the Division of Nursing.
Your application to the Division of Nursing will be reviewed in detail. Your GPA must be 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, and you must be a graduate of an accredited Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or diploma nursing program prior to enrollment in nursing classes. Upon acceptance to the RN-BSN program, you will receive a letter of admission from the Nursing Division Chair and information about enrollment in nursing classes. You may begin classes prior to passing the NCLEX exam, but you must pass the NCLEX during your first semester of nursing classes at TU in order to continue in the program. Please see the RN-BSN Admission Requirements on the nursing webpage for further details.
Q. It has been a while since I was in college. Will I need to repeat any of my previous classes/credits for the nursing program?
A. All transferable credits will be honored no matter when they were taken…20 years ago or 2 years ago, it counts! In addition, Thomas University will award up to 39 credits for previous nursing coursework completed at the A.D.N. or diploma level, at no additional cost to you, following successful completion of the first 9 credits of upper division RN-BSN coursework at TU. In addition, Thomas University accepts up to six transfer credits of upper division (300 level or higher) nursing courses that will count toward the degree. Please speak with an advisor for more information about transfer credits.
Q. Do I have to complete all of my “core” classes, such as Humanities or History, before enrolling in the nursing program?
A. No. You can begin taking nursing courses right away. Most students who graduate from an A.D.N. or diploma program will need to complete an additional 3–12 credits of “core” classes in order to graduate from Thomas University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, but these classes can be completed at the same time you take your nursing classes or following completion of the RN-BSN courses– it’s up to you!
Q. How long will it take me to complete the RN-BSN at Thomas University? Do you have a “fast track” or accelerated program?
A. The program is designed so that students can complete the program in 3 semesters plus one summer. This means you can earn your BSN in as few as 15 months! You can attend full time or part time – it’s your decision. Some students may be eligible for an “accelerated” RN-BSN program – please speak with a nursing advisor for more details.
Q. Do you have a RN-MSN program?
A. Please see the link to our RN-MSN program for more information. While enrolled in the RN-BSN program you may take up to 6 credits of MSN coursework. These credits will count toward both degrees (RN-BSN and MSN). However, Thomas University awards separate degrees for each program, ensuring that you will earn a Bachelor’s degree even if you do not enroll in or complete the MSN program.
Q. How accessible is the faculty to assist me in my learning?
A. Thomas University faculty take a personal, caring approach to each student and his/her learning. The faculty is available in person, by phone or email; they are committed to and enjoy the process of assisting students through the educational process.
Q. I have a busy schedule. How much of my time will be spent in the classroom?
A. Nursing classes are delivered using a combination of traditional (face-to-face) and online instruction. This “hybrid” model of delivery means that you will spend just 3-4 hours in the classroom each month (9 credits per semester); the remainder of the class time is spent online. Nursing classes meet on the same day, at the same time, each month, so that you can plan your schedule well in advance. Please note: Nursing practicum and "core" curriculum class times /days may vary – check the class schedule on our webpage for details. All core curriculum classes (such as History and Humanities) are also available completely online. Nursing elective courses are available online, hybrid, or in a traditional face-to-face environment to fit your needs and schedule.
Q. When are classes held?
A. Class schedules vary by semester, but once you enter the program, your nursing classes will always be held on the same day of the week. This allows you to plan your work and personal schedule months in advance.
Q. Where are classes held?
A. Classes are held in four campus locations: the Thomas University Main Campus in Thomasville, GA; Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee, FL; Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in Tallahassee, FL; and Colquitt Regional Medical Center in Moultrie, GA. Admission cycles vary at each location, so please contact the Nursing Division for more information about the admission and class start dates.
Q. I live in Florida. Will it cost more for me to attend Thomas University since I am an out-of-state student?
A. No. Regardless of where you reside your tuition is the same. TU does not charge out-of-state tuition whether you live in Georgia, Florida, or elsewhere in the US.
Q. Is financial assistance available?
A. Yes! Nearly 90% of students attending Thomas University receive financial aid. In addition, there are numerous scholarships and loans available specifically for RN-BSN students at TU. Please contact our Financial Aid Office for more information and assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-538-9784.
Q. How much does it cost?
A. Tuition at Thomas University is comparable to many public universities and is much lower than most private universities. As a private institution, Thomas University offers many advantages, including small class sizes, attention to your individual learning, and faculty who are experts in their fields. At TU, you won't find yourself in a classroom of 100 students being taught by a graduate student. Non-Georgia residents are eligible for a $500 tuition equalization grant per semester (if enrolled in 9 or more credits). It is rare for a student not to take advantage of the numerous scholarships and other financial aid opportunities to offset the published tuition rate, Please see our Financial Aid or the Nursing websites for more information.
Q. Will my employer assist me with tuition?
A. Thomas University works closely with nearby healthcare facilities to encourage employer assistance with tuition for nursing education. Most facilities offer generous tuition assistance for their employees and each facility provides guidelines to the employees to assist them in their educational endeavors and will provide you with their specific tuition reimbursement policies. Please speak with the employer’s human resources department for specific information.
Q. How can I get more information?
A. For information about Thomas University nursing programs and the admission process, contact the Admissions Office online, email Admissions Counselor, or call 1-800-538-9784 extension 1114 (direct line 229-227-6925).