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Nursing FAQs

How often do I need to come to campus?
The WPU R.N.–B.S.N. program is one day each week, so that you may continue working. The program can be completed in four semesters (Fall, Spring, Fall, Spring).

How long is my day?
The length of your day will vary the first semester depending on needed general education requirements, and whether you prefer to enroll as a full-time student. Generally, the day begins at 8:30 am and ends at 8:30 pm, with some of these hours online. Think of it as a 12-hour shift.

How many hours is clinical and what is clinical like?
The clinical experience required at the R.N.–B.S.N. level is offered in a preceptor model. Classes that require a clinical component include NURS 302 Leading and Managing and NURS 303 Community Health. Every attempt is made to schedule clinical on the day that you will be attending class. However, there may be exceptions and a student may need to schedule their clinical time on a different day. The clinical focus may include working with a nurse manager or learning to orchestrate a community health fair.

What do I need for pre-requisites?
You will want to send transcripts from each school you have attended to the Office of Admissions. These will be evaluated for college courses that will transfer to WPU. You may contact an Admissions Counselor at 800-779-7366 for more information.

Why Choose William Penn University for your R.N.–B.S.N. degree? 

  • Small classes
  • Complete in four semesters 
  • One-day/week
  • Leadership focus
  • Professional doctorate-prepared faculty with over 50 years combined nursing and teaching experience who care about student success
  • Friendly staff to assist with admission and financial aid
  • Competitive financial aid packages
  • Quaker Values of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community & Equality

What is considered full time?
1–11 hours per semester is considered part-time. 12–18 credit hours per semester is considered full-time. Anything over 18 credit hours needs approval and you will incur additional costs. Financial aid packages will be awarded accordingly.

Where can I get food?
The PAC Café has hot food, sandwiches, salads, fruit & yogurt, various snacks and is open 7:30 am–2:00 pm and 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 am–2:00 pm on Friday.

The cafeteria is in the Atkins Memorial Union. For hours and menu go to the WPU Campus Dining website

There are fast food options and restaurants on A Avenue (Highway 92) and the town square, all within approximately 10–15 blocks of the Oskaloosa campus.