Student: Deborah Jackson
Program: Online RN to BSN Program
“The RN to BSN program allows students in the program to pay their tuition after completing the course; this allows for employer reimbursement. I would choose Notre Dame College if I had to do it over again because I matter and my success is important to them.”
Going back to school as a working professional can be a tough call as you consider the added demands on your time and out-of-pocket expense; however, for Deborah Jackson, the decision to earn her RN to BSN online from Notre Dame College was easy considering her future career goals.
“Growing up in a family surrounded by caring and passionate nurses, it made me love the idea of becoming a nurse,” said Deborah. “I love working as a psychiatric nurse, and earning my BSN at Notre Dame College will open the door for me to take my career to the next level. My goal for the near future is to become a mental health nurse practitioner, which requires that I earn a BSN and complete a master’s degree to gain the expanded scope and training I would need to practice.”
We spoke at length with Deborah about her decision to enroll in Notre Dame College’s online BSN program and learned about her experience with us. See for yourself why Notre Dame College was the right choice for her.
When considering the many available options for pursing your degree, what most influenced your decision to attend Notre Dame College?
The first feature that influenced my decision to attend Notre Dame College was the option of taking all my classes online since I work full time as a nurse and am a mother to six children. Another benefit was the cost of attendance. The RN to BSN program tuition was within the price that I felt comfortable paying. The most important feature that made me choose Notre Dame College was the nursing and clinical staff. I was provided assistance and support at every step beginning with the application process. And, with the assistance of my advisor, I continuously get the support and encouragement continuously as I go through the program.
What benefit, if any, have you experienced as a result of choosing to enroll at Notre Dame College?
The benefits are countless. I have instructors that do not consider me to be just another number. They are dedicated, supportive and encouraging.
What do you think creates a quality academic experience?
To me, a quality experience is provided by the knowledge gained that I am able to put into practice at my current place of employment. The courses offered allow students to build on what they have learned, providing them with a meaningful difference at work and in their respective communities.
How did you maintain a balance between work, school, family and other demands on your time? Describe how Notre Dame College supported your efforts.
I learned to prioritize my time. With the course Moodle (an e-learning platform) at NDC, the course requirements are outlined for the students, giving us the opportunity to know what assignments need to be completed and when they are due. It also provided me with the opportunity to contact my instructor if any issues arose during the course. I had access to my course 24/7, which allowed me the opportunity to log in to my classes at home, work or at any location to complete my assignments. And, the instructors are only a phone call or email away.
Explain what aspects of your education experience at Notre Dame College have had the greatest impact on your personal and professional life.
The aspect of my educational experience at Notre Dame College that has had the greatest impact on my personal and professional life is the curriculum. Notre Dame College provides its students with an educational model that meets the standards needed both academically and professionally. Students are provided with knowledge required to improve their learning experience; that also works effectively in my professional life. I am given the skills that not only provide me with the knowledge to advance in my career but keep up to date with current changes in my field of employment.
If you had to do it over again, would you invest in your education with NDC? Please explain.
I would definitely invest in my education with Notre Dame College because of how affordable it was for me. I am currently in the RN to BSN program and the cost per credit hour is the lowest amongst the colleges I looked at. Notre Dame College provided me with affordable tuition and also, if needed, payment plans that are affordable. The RN to BSN program allows students in the program to pay their tuition after completing the course; this allows for employer reimbursement. I would choose Notre Dame College if I had to do it over again because I matter and my success is important to them.
See for yourself why Notre Dame College is the right choice for earning your RN to BSN degree.