Frequently Asked Questions...
Frequently Asked Questions about the Thomas University Nursing Programs
Q. Which types of nursing programs does Thomas University offer?
A. We offer several different nursing programs for Registered Nurses: the RN-BSN program, for graduates of an ADN or diploma in Nursing; the RN-MSN program, for R.N.s without a bachelor’s degree who wish to pursue a MSN degree; the MSN program, for R.N.s with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing or a related field (MSN specialty tracks are offered in either nursing administration or nursing education); and the MSN-MBA dual degree program, for R.N.s with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree who seek additional business/administration preparation. We also offer Graduate Nursing Certificate programs in Nursing Administration or Nursing Education, designed for R.N.s who wish to specialization in these areas or prepare for national certification.
Q. Are your programs accredited?
A. Yes. All of our nursing programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). In addition, the undergraduate nursing programs are fully approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing and the Florida Commission on Independent Education. Thomas University is also accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Q. When are classes held?
A. Nursing classes meet on the same day, at the same time, once per month. Several courses are available completely online. This allows you to plan your work and personal schedule months in advance. Please note: Nursing practicum and "core" curriculum class times /days may vary – check the course schedule on our webpage for details. All core curriculum classes (such as History and Humanities) are also available completely online. You can select from available online, hybrid, or in a traditional face-to-face environment to fit your needs and schedule.
Q. Where are classes held?
A. BSN-level classes are offered in four locations: the Thomas University Main Campus in Thomasville, GA; Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee, FL; Colquitt Regional Medical Center in Moultrie, GA; and Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in Tallahassee, FL. MSN-level classes are offered at the main campus in Thomasville, GA and many classes are available online. Admission cycles and specific days/times vary at each location, so please contact Stacie Reilly (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Nursing Division for more information about start dates.
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 4-5 hours in the classroom one day per month, while the remainder of the class time is spent online. This format ensures that you will receive personalized, quality interaction with our professors and your classmates. Nursing classes meet on the same day, at the same time, once per month so that you can plan your schedule well in advance.
Q. Are clinical courses required in the RN-BSN program?
A. There are no clinical courses in the RN-BSN program. However, students will spend 15 hours with a nursing leader/preceptor in the final semester of the program to observe nursing leadership in action.
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 RN-BSN program is designed so that students can complete the program in 3 semesters plus one summer by attending classes part-time (classes meet face-to-face four times per semester). This means you can earn your BSN in as few as 15 months. Students enrolled full time can complete the RN-BSN degree in just 12 months.
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. 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. You do not have to repeat any ADN level nursing courses. Please speak with an advisor for more information about transfer credits.
Q. Do I have to complete all of my “core” curriculum classes, such as Humanities or History, before enrolling in the RN-BSN 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 3–9 credits of “core” classes in order to graduate from Thomas University, 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. Do I have to take Chemistry, Algebra, or a Foreign Language?
A. No. However, a Statistics course is required prior to undergraduate or graduate research courses.
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. How much does it cost?
A. Thomas University is committed to helping you meet your educational and professional goals. That’s why we are proud to offer our Future of Nursing Scholarship, which is equal to 20% of the cost of tuition for every RN-BSN and RN-MSN student! Tuition at TU is comparable to many public universities and is much lower than most private universities. As a private, not-for-profit 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.
Q. I like the Future of Nursing Scholarship Initiative! Is other financial assistance also available?
A. Yes! There are numerous scholarships of up to $3,000/year available specifically for Nursing undergraduate and graduate students at TU. Please contact our Financial Aid Office for more information and assistance at email@example.com or 1-800-538-9784 extension 1114. Also explore the Financial Aid section of our website for specific scholarship opportunities.
Q. I am not a Georgia resident. 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. Florida residents may utilize Bright Futures Scholarship funds to attend our satellite program in Tallahassee.
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 your employer’s Human Resources department for specific information.
Q. What are the requirements to apply to the Thomas University Nursing programs?
A. Applicants must first be admitted to Thomas University. To apply, complete the application online (https://application.thomasu.edu/apply)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. Admission to the RN-BSN program requires a GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Admission to the RN-MSN or MSN programs requires a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Please see the Admissions webpage for additional information. The GRE is not required.
Q. How can I get more information?
A. For information about Thomas University nursing programs and the admission process, please visit our webpage www.thomasu.edu, contact a TU Admissions Counselor (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or call 1-800-538-9784 extension 1114 (direct line 229-227-6925). Our Admissions staff will be happy to assist you with the application process and answer any further questions you may have.