Questions about Admissions, Advising, Registration, Textbooks and Graduation
I‘ve been admitted. What is my next step?
Please read our RN to BSN Online Web site and become familiar with Southeast Online and the services and information available for online degree students. We also recommend that you read our Southeast Online Handbook and try our demonstration course to get the feel for our online classroom structure.
As a new transfer student or a returning student with transfer credit, your file will be reviewed by a Southeast Online Advisor to determine if admission might be granted by the Program Director. Should an advisor believe this to be the case, you will be advised to apply to the program. If acceptance to the program is granted, an advisor will then inform you of the next steps in the process, including the submission of various health records to a private company (Certified Background Check) which will track them. Upon the submission and approval of these records, you will be officially accepted into the RN-BSN program. You can then begin working with an advisor to select available courses that match your remaining BSN degree requirements and personal interests.
If you are a returning student, and unsure whether or not you owe any balance, please check with Student Financial Services at (573) 651-2253. If a balance is owed, you will be prevented from registering until the amount is paid, and it is better to discover this early in the process so you have ample time to correct the situation.
Can I take a minor with the BSN degree?
Some minors may be possible based upon your previous Southeast or transfer credit. Please check the bulletin for more information on the necessary courses for each minor and compare with your degree tracking report for initial information. Please note that a minor requires a set of specific courses and simply taking many hours in one subject does not constitute a minor.
How can I find out if a course I am taking at another college or university will transfer to Southeast?
Your degree audit will show what courses you have taken will transfer. However if you have not taken the course and need to know if a current or future course you plan to take will transfer, visit http://www.semo.edu/registrar/. Then click on Transfer Course Conversion to find out if a course will transfer.
Can I test out of any courses?
Refer to Testing Services website and click on "credit by examination." It is best to complete the credit by examination as soon as possible after you are admitted to the University. Students may qualify for credit by examination as long as they have earned fewer than 90 hours and have not enrolled in a college course in the subject area in which the examination is given. Students who anticipate attempting to earn credit by examination should not enroll in that subject area before taking the examination. For registration procedures contact Testing Services at 573-651-2836. RN-BSN Online Students who wish to take the FN235 credit by examination must do so before completing 90 credit hours.
When/How do I register for courses? How do I drop a course? What is the refund schedule?
Course registration generally begins in the following pattern:
- Fall Semester - early April
- Spring Semester - early November
- Summer Semester - early February
Registration priority is based upon your completed credit hours on file at Southeast. The earlier you discuss your course options with me and begin registration, the better selection of courses you will have available. If you are unable to get your target number of credit hours or specific requirements for degree goals, please contact your advisor as soon as possible. It is not recommended to add new online courses beyond the second day of the course as not to risk starting the semester already behind on your assignments. Keep in mind all schedule changes will affect your textbook rental, and please take into account the time needed to receive your new book.
Registration opens at 7 a.m. daily and closes at 9 p.m. If you attempt to access the menu outside of this time range, you will receive a message that misleads you to believe your alternate PIN is not correct. Please try again during the scheduled hours before contacting technical support for assistance.
To check course availability and register, login the My Southeast Portal and choose the Student tab. Enter My Southeast Self-Service and select the Student and Financial Aid menu, then choose Registration. A how-to guide is available to walk you through the process.
- To look up course availability, select Look Up Classes.
- To register, select Add or Drop Classes. Select term for which you wish to register and enter the alternate PIN obtained in your advising session.
If you need to drop a course, please check the refund schedule to see what percentage, if any, you will receive back. Your textbook refund is determined by its postmark date. Please note that your financial aid could be adversely affected by dropping a course -- please consult Student Financial Services before you drop your course. You will need your alternate PIN for the current semester to be able to drop a course. Simply change the drop down menu beside the course you wish to drop and submit your changes. After doing so, the drop down option should disappear, and the course will be designated as dropped within the semester.
How/when do I get textbooks?
Once you have finalized your schedule, you must request your books at the Textbook Rental Website under Textbooks - Textbook Rental - Web/ITV. The Web form is the easiest way to request your books as it provides a confirmation page for your reference. Your rental fees and shipping fees will be added to your account balance. Please note that some courses require additional materials - please check the supplemental materials link on the rental request page (second paragraph). These can be purchased from the Southeast Bookstore Website.
All requested textbooks are shipped one-two weeks before the session starts, and arrival time will vary depending upon your distance from Southeast. You may request your books earlier than this time frame if it is more convenient for you, but they will not ship until students have returned the books from current semester. If you did not receive a confirmation e-mail within 24 hours of submitting your request, please contact Textbook Rental. There may have been a problem with your submission.
If you live close to Cape Girardeau, you are welcome to pick up your books in person the week before classes begin. However, you must bring a copy of your schedule and a student ID card to receive your books. Keep in mind that the method by which you receive books is the method by which you will be responsible for returning them. Students with shipped books have a “ship by” date, whereas students who arrange to get books in person have a “received by” date.
How do I get a RN-BSN Hang Badge to be worn at Feild Experiences?
You will need a Southeast Missouri State Photo Identification Badge to wear for your Field Experiences. To obtain this badge, you will need to send a “head and shoulder only” photo with your university student identification number and mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org ID services will request another if the image is not appropriate. The photo does not have to be taken by a professional studio; however the image that you send does need to portray a well groomed image. A $5.00 fee will be charged to your university account. Your name will be sent to ID services as a student enrolled in NS390 so that they will be expecting a photo. You will be notified if they do not receive the photo as this is a requirement that must be fulfilled as indicated in the student handbook.
Am I required to meet with an advisor?
Once admitted to nursing, you have the flexibility to complete any needed academic advising by phone, e-mail or in person. E-mail is the preferred method as no appointment is required and both parties then have written records of the discussion. In order to register in classes each semester, an RN to BSN online advisor must be contacted to confirm your plan of study and degree requirements. At that time, a new alternate PIN number - required to register for the next semester - will be given to you. Note: if you have elected to place a confidentiality hold on your account, advising will only be permitted to take place through your Southeast email account.
How many hours can I take each semester?
This is a matter to be discussed with your advisor. Remember that online courses require the same amount of work as face-to-face courses but often in a different format. Be sure to consider the amount of time spent weekly between employment, family and recreation. Students can take as little as one course (three-five hours) each semester or as many as 18 hours during the regular fall and spring terms. You must take at least six hours to qualify for your financial aid awards. To be considered full-time, you must have at least 12 hours for the fall or spring semester. Most online courses are three credit hours.
- Fall/Spring semester maximum: 18 hours
- Summer semester maximum: 4 hours pre-session and/or 9 hours regular session (limit one four-week course at a time)
If your cumulative (overall) GPA is less than 2.8, then you will be advised to take non-nursing courses to bring your GPA up to a 2.8. After those courses are completed and your GPA is 2.8 or higher, you may apply to the nursing program.
Students with a GPA under 2.0 will be subject to suspension from the university unless a 2.0 semester GPA or better is maintained (i.e. demonstrate you are making progress to remedy the situation).
How do I know if I meet the pre-requisites for my courses?
The first step is to find the course description in either the University Studies Handbook (only University Studies courses) or the University Bulletin (all courses). Some courses will not have pre-requisites, while others may require certain University Studies categories (i.e. Living Systems, Social Systems, Political Systems) or even specific courses (i.e. SC105, PS103 or PS104, MA134 and AD101). Still other courses may state junior standing (60 hours) or senior standing (90 hours) in order to take the course.
- 100-200 level courses are open to all students (if any).
- 300-500 level courses are open to students with at least 45 hours completed.
- 600-700 level courses are ONLY for graduate students.
- 800 level courses are workshops for both undergraduate and graduate students. 800-833 are open to all students and are considered lower division credit, while 834-866 are open to students with at least 45 hours completed and are considered upper division credit.
The second step is to check your Unofficial Transcript in Self-Service. This will show all courses completed and in progress to help you remember what you have already taken. If you have credit that is more than 10 years old, next check the title on the needed pre-requisite(s). If you are still uncertain, you should confirm your selection with me as some course numbers may have changed since you completed the course (i.e. US101 = US105, MA136 = MA140, EN150 = EN140).
Note: the registration system is not currently designed to check pre-requisites except in rare cases. It is your responsibility as a student to make sure you are not only prepared for your next course but also that you will not be dropped by the department when they realize you lack the proper prerequisites. Most departments check rosters in close proximity to the semester start, and finding a replacement may not be possible that late into registration.
What form do I complete for Graduation?
Click on the following link: Graduation Form and it will take you to the necessary form. Follow the directions at the beginning of the document and for further assistance contact the Registrars Office at 573-651-2250 or by e-mail at email@example.com