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Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. have a bachelor’s degree, but it is not in nursing. Am I eligible to apply to the program?
    You must have a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BScN or equivalent) in order to apply.
  2. Why is an RNAO membership certificate required in order to apply?
    This requirement reflects our belief that all nurses, but especially, nurse leaders, ought to belong to their professional association in order to advance the profession and its leadership role in healthcare. In addition, students need the liability protection available through RNAO for the practicum course.
  3. Can I get credit for course work completed elsewhere?
    Possibly—but that cannot be determined prior to registering and enrolling in the program and there is no guarantee that advanced credit will be granted. Once you have registered and enrolled as a York student, you can petition for consideration to receive credit for a course completed at another university if you believe it is equivalent to a course at York that is part of your program of study. Petitions go through the Faculty of Graduate Studies and are considered on a case-by-case basis.
  4. Will I be able to access online courses using a dial-up connection to the internet?
    Students are required to have access to up-to-date, multi-media capable (i.e, sound and CD/DVD ready) computer equipment and internet service, including a hi-speed connection (available to homes in urban areas, as well as in offices, computer labs, Internet cafes).
  5. Will the technology used to deliver the program be compatible with Macintosh Apple computers?
    The Apple Macintosh is well supported in the WebCT world, which is the platform used for program delivery. Many individuals at York use MACs exclusively with no issues.
  6. How much time will it take to complete a course that is delivered online?
    While students in the program can save the time that would be spent commuting to the university and attending classes, the online courses require a substantial amount of work. The conservative estimate is 2—3 hours per credit hour per week. So, for a 3-credit course, that is 6—9 hours per week. It is quite possible that a learner will require more than this, depending on her/his academic skills and ability to manage time.
  7. How will I get to know professors and other students in online program?
    Class sizes are small. usually no more than 15 students in a class. In a way, online learning is more intimate than classroom learning, because courses are very interactive and everyone gets to participate. This provides lots of opportunities for sharing experiences and getting to know each other. The professor’s profile is available on the program website and students are encouraged to provide a brief bio and photograph, to be posted inside course websites.

Updated on May 13th, 2013.