Frequently Asked Questions

Topics: GeneralRN-BSN ProgramOrganizational Leadership Program

FAQ: General

Is Goshen College accredited?

Yes, and this is extremely important when you are choosing a school for your degree completion. Many institutions are not regionally accredited and could be a waste of your time and money.

Goshen College is accredited as a standard four-year college by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and is classified as a Baccalaureate–Arts & Sciences college by the Carnegie Foundation. The division of nursing is approved by the Indiana State Board of Nurses Registration and Nursing Education, Division of Baccalaureate and accredited by Higher Degrees of the National League for Nursing, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Do I have to be Mennonite or Christian to go to Goshen College?

No. While Goshen College is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA, currently more than 40 different Christian denominations and several world religions are represented on campus. Our doors are open to all. You will encounter the Christian faith in your studies here, as it is the faith of our faculty and the majority of Goshen College students. All students in our Adult Degree Program take a religion course, Enduring Issues in Christian Perspectives.

I haven’t taken a college class in so many years—can I still be successful in the program?

Yes! Since 1992, we have helped over 600 working adults like you complete their degrees. We know you can succeed because we have designed a program to suit your needs with a convenient schedule, an accelerated program, and an affordable, high-quality education. Read more about how this program is tailored to adult students here.

How do I earn 120 credits when the Adult Degree Programs are only worth 40 credits?

Your first step in applying for the program will be to send us all of your transcripts from previous colleges or universities. We’ll consider all of these credits for transfer first. Then, we’ll look at other opportunities for earning credit, such as CLEP testing or our Credit for Prior Learning program (in which you get credit for real-world experience). You can read more about our opportunities for earning credit here. See a sample breakdown of credits below.

Credit Opportunity Credits
Credit transfers 45
CLEP/DANTES testing 6
Credit for Prior Learning 14
Military 15 (max 20)
Program credits (RN-BSN or OLP) 40
Total 120

How many credits do I need to start the program (OLP or RN-BSN)?

Most of our students have between 45 and 60 credits when they begin the program. If you aren’t sure whether or not you have enough credits, please speak with our staff. We’re happy to help you figure out your next steps toward finishing your degree.

I have a lot of practical experience, but not enough credits. What should I do?

Many of our adult students have a wealth of practical experience from volunteer service, work training programs, internships, and other practical learning opportunities. We understand the value of these experiences and can help you convert some of them into college credit through Credit for Prior Learning portfolios. Students document the learning gained from practical experience and submit a portfolio, which is then evaluated by a faculty member who determines the amount of credit to be awarded. A student may earn up to 20 credits in this way.

This is a rewarding way to gain college credits, and much less expensive than traditional college coursework. Please contact us to learn more. The current fee for CPL is $60 per semester credit.

Do I qualify for financial aid?

Students enrolled in our Adult Degree Programs are considered full-time and are therefore eligible to apply for state and federal grants or loans. You can read more about the different types of financial aid, and you can follow step-by-step instructions for applying for federal aid.

I’m interested in earning my master’s degree. Will I qualify for graduate school after I complete this program?

Many of our graduates have gone on to attend graduate school. Goshen College is a fully accredited, well-respected institution that is ranked among the best small liberal arts colleges in the country, so you should not have difficultly pursing additional degrees once you graduate.

FAQ: RN-BSN Program

What are the classes like?

Classes are small, only ten to twenty students, with an emphasis on each student bringing his or her unique experience to the discussion. You will stay with the same group of nursing peers throughout the program, meeting one night each week from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on one of our two locations, at Goshen College or at Elkhart General Hospital. The faculty and students share a colleague-like relationship; you will soon discover your instructors are an excellent source of personal and professional support, both in and outside of the classroom.

Where do the classes meet?

We have two locations for the RN-BSN classes: Goshen College campus and Elkhart General Hospital. If you start the program in the fall (September), you will be on the Goshen College campus. If you start in the Spring term (beginning in January), you will be at Elkhart General Hospital. Because classes meet only one night each week, we have had many students commute to class from Michigan and Ohio, as well as the northern Indiana region.

I’m already so busy—how will I complete my clinicals, and what are they like?

We understand going to school on top of your family and work responsibilities is challenging. The clinical component of the RN-BSN program is very different from the clinicals you completed for your Associate’s degree or diploma. With help from nursing faculty, you will design your own clinicals based on the objectives of the course and your professional goals and interests.

Of the three courses requiring a clinical or project component, a specific number of hours are required outside of class. In NURS 332, Holistic Client Assessment, the clinical component is done in the lab.  NURS 438, Community Health Nursing, requires a total of 28-30 hours conducted in a community setting. In Nurs 449, Leadership in Nursing, the project is completed in your work setting with guidance from nursing faculty and a mentor.

What are the graduation requirements?

You can review the admission and graduation requirements for our RN-BSN program. There are several options for earning credits toward your degree in addition to the program coursework; our staff will help make sure you are on track to meet all of the requirements for your graduation.

FAQ: Organizational Leadership Program

What are your students like? Will I fit into this program?

The Organizational Leadership Program (OLP) is very diverse; our students represent a cross section of both the private and public sector and large and small businesses. They are employed in law enforcement, health care, the banking industry, social services, government, and many other service organizations and industries. Some are in management and leadership positions, and some are working to transition into these roles. Regardless of where you are in your career, leadership skills are an important tool in any workplace.

What are the graduation requirements?

You can review the admission and graduation requirements for OLP. There are several options for earning credit toward your degree in addition to the program coursework; our staff will help make sure you are on track to meet all of the requirements for your graduation.