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FAQ for Registered Nurses

Will NNU be offering scholarships?

Yes! All NNU members are eligible to apply for full-tuition scholarships. For information on the scholarship application process, click here.

I am really interested in taking courses but am not sure I can afford tuition.

NNU members who are awarded full tuition scholarships pay no tuition or fees.

All NNU RN members who are admitted to the Health Inequity and Care certificate programs will receive a tuition discount of twenty percent (20%).

In addition, many NNU RN members have bargained for educational benefits through workplace labor contracts. These benefits may be used to pay for classes in the Health Inequity and Care online certificate programs.  In some cases, educational benefits offered through workplace labor contracts are sufficient to cover course tuition. Partial scholarships may be available to cover the difference.

How much does it cost to take courses and to complete the certificate programs?

Information on scholarships and tuition discounts is available here.

Tuition at American University is calculated based on a cost of $1,467 (undergraduate) and $1,579 (graduate) per credit, as of fall 2016. A Part-Time Student Technology fee of $40 will also be applied each semester. NNU RN members admitted to the Health Inequity and Care certificate programs will receive a tuition discount of twenty percent (20%). With this discount, the current cost is $3,560.80 for a 3-credit undergraduate course and $3,829.60 for a 3-credit graduate-level course. The tuition cost of completing the entire 15-credit program (at current rates) is $17,804.00 for the undergraduate-level program and $19,148.00 for the graduate-level program.

Are the classes required to be completed in a particular order?

The five core courses may be taken in any order.

Why would nurses be interested in online coursework?

The NNU-AU online courses offer numerous advantages for RNs:

  1. The courses provide the educational background and critical intellectual tools needed to heal the most pressing social, economic, and political challenges of our era. RNs often describe their experience as expanding their understanding of patient advocacy and providing a strong foundation for engaging in ongoing health and justice issues.
  2. They are designed to accommodate an unpredictable and busy schedule. Your assignments have fixed deadlines and weekly participation guidelines that enable you to plan ahead, but there are no requirements to “attend” class at a specific time. For the most part, participation and discussion is conducted in student chat forums that allow students to post comments at any time of the day. Some faculty may provide optional live video discussions to enrich the class discussion with real-time dialogue.
  3. Regardless of where you live, you can enroll at a prestigious, accredited university for transferable undergraduate or graduate university credit.
  4. You will have the benefit of having classmates from all over the country, and potentially from other countries as well. These classmates, a combination of RN and AU students, bring a wealth of diverse experience to the classroom, enriching everyone’s educational experience.

Who teaches the courses?

NNU educators teach the courses through AU’s Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences. All of the NNU-AU program faculty have PhDs in a social science or humanities field from top universities, and have extensive experience teaching at the university level. For faculty profiles, click here.

Why did NNU choose to work with American University?

American University is a prestigious university located in the nation’s capital. AU’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Anthropology Department, where the programs are housed, have a strong commitment to social justice and human rights in both scholarship and teaching.

If I take Health Inequity and Care courses now, can I transfer them to a degree program down the line?

This depends on the university and the degree program. But since these courses are offered through American University, they will transfer exactly as in-person courses transfer from one accredited institution to another. So, for example, if you lived in the Washington, DC area and wish to apply for an MA in Public Anthropology at AU, by the time you finished the graduate-level certificate program you would already be half-way to your degree! Many BSN and MSN programs include social science electives. If they accept transfer credits, Health Inequity and Care certificate program courses should qualify.

Is it possible to complete courses successfully while working full time?

The NNU-AU online certificate programs in Health Inequity and Care are modeled on the NNU-Rutgers online certificate program in Women's Global Health Leadership which has been in place since fall 2012. Many nurses who work full time have successfully completed courses in the NNU-Rutgers program.

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American University, Department of Anthropology
American University, College of Arts and Sciences