Mastering the RN to BSN Admissions Process

Enrollment Counselor: Cullen Kuntz


Enrollment Counselor: Cullen Kuntz

“The most helpful step a student can take when starting our admissions process is to set aside anxiety.  Continuing your education involves several fronts of effort.”


If it’s been awhile since you earned your RN, the idea of applying to college might seem overwhelming or intimidating. If so, we have good news: At Notre Dame College Online (NDC), we work hard to ensure that your experience applying to our RN to BSN degree program is seamless and easy. With the help of enrollment counselors like Cullen Kuntz, you can get on your way to earning your degree and continuing your nursing education quickly. We spoke with Cullen about what students like you can do to master the admissions process.

Can you describe what your role is when it comes to the RN to BSN admissions process?

I am one of a few program enrollment counselors; it is our job to make the information gathering, application and enrollment process as clear and dauntless as possible. We work with students from their first expression of interest to the day they start classes.

What does the admissions process involve?

After preliminary research deems our program worth a closer look, prospective students will conduct an informal phone interview with an enrollment counselor, discussing requirements, expectations and the nature of the program. If the student feels the program may be a good fit, the next step is to submit our free online application and a transcript request form. We order transcripts on behalf of our applicants, absorbing any fees in the process, a service we started when considering the professional situations of many of our prospective students.

Once transcripts have arrived and financial aid plans are confirmed, a complete credit evaluation and admissions decision is communicated to our applicants. If an offer is accepted, enrollment counselors will walk students through registration, orientation and all manner of preparation before classes begin, at which point students will be introduced to an academic advisor who will be their success coach for their remaining time with NDC.

What advice do you have for students who are about to begin the admissions process?

The most helpful step a student can take when starting our admissions process is to set aside anxiety.  Continuing your education involves several fronts of effort (e.g., transcripts and financial aid), but the NDC enrollment team escorts students from one checkpoint to the next by requesting transcripts on their behalf, familiarizing them with the online terrain and so on.

Are there any common mistakes or pitfalls that students make? How can they be avoided?

Make sure to air all concerns and situations as early as they arrive. Too often, students will work their way through much of the process only to defer just before starting due to worries or conditions they were not sure they could address with us. Let us know; we are happy to provide the right style of service and preparation for each student.

Why do you think NDC’s RN to BSN degree program is a good choice for nurses?

Nurses have a range of worthy programs available online these days, but if you are looking for one with flexible hours, generous transfer policies, competitive cost and highly qualified instruction, NDC is a strong option for brightening your nursing future.

Is there anything else you want to add about the nursing admissions process for NDC?

Going back to school is not always easy, but the enrollment team at NDC makes every effort to assist you through every twist and turn on the journey. The destination will be that much sweeter for your perseverance on the path toward greater enrichment. We hope to hear from you soon!

Below is a summary of the admissions process for prospective RN to BSN students:

Admissions Requirements

  • Complete online application
  • Admission to Notre Dame College
  • Associate degree or diploma in nursing; program must be accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Verification of an active RN license in the state of residence
  • Completion of prerequisite and support courses with a grade of C or higher (must be completed prior to graduation from the RN to BSN program)
  • Copy of official transcript

How to Apply

  • Complete our free online application.
  • Send official transcripts of all college course work.