The total cost of the Step-Up Program is currently estimated to be approximately $1,500. The greatest direct expense is at the beginning of the program. Textbooks, instructional supplies and uniforms are the major cost items. Living expenses and cost of transportation to campus and clinical facilities are not included in this estimated cost nor are the pre-requisite or general education courses for the degree.
In addition to the above costs, students are required to pay approximately $110 per semester for testing services provided by Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI). These diagnostic tests are administered periodically throughout the nursing program and include a “mock’ State Board exam. These comprehensive tests will aid in the progression and success of students, identify strengths and weaknesses, and assist in appropriate remediation and success in the program. A review course will be required for students who do not perform well on the “mock” test before the student’s name will be submitted to the Board of Registered Nursing as a candidate for the licensure exam.
Some financial assistance is available through the Financial Aid and Placement office. Application for assistance should be made early (preferably by March or April for new students) with the Financial Aid Office. It is recommended that nursing students not work more than 20 hours per week.