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Ask an Advisor

Advising and Counseling Services offers e-mail advising. This service is designed to address the needs of students who have general questions (i.e., Where can I find a listing of classes that fulfill the IAI General Education Curriculum? How many social and behavioral sciences are needed for a degree?) and not for students requiring case specific assistance (i.e. What is my English and math placement? What classes do I need to finish my degree?).

Due to Federal Laws and our desire to maintain our students’ information in a secure and confidential manner, students are discouraged from including any personal information in their e-mail question, specifically social security numbers or student identification number (B number). Students who are interested in learning more about whether their question can be answered by e-mail advising should visit

Now, on to the Ask the Advisor Question of the Month . . .

Question: I would like to get an associate’s degree in nursing and then transfer to another school for a bachelor’s degree. How do I do that?

Answer: At Oakton, students earn an associate of applied science degree in nursing, which prepares them to become registered nurses (RN). As is the case with most nursing programs, Oakton’s program is a limited enrollment program with excellent job potential upon completion. Unlike many of the College’s general education degrees (for example, associate of arts or associate of scienceAS) the nursing degree wasn’t specifically designed to facilitate transfer to a four-year institution. However, students interested in receiving a bachelor’s of science in nursing do have options. There are many four-year colleges and universities that offer RN to BSN programs and Oakton works closely with several institutions to provide smooth articulations through which many Oakton credits can be applied to a BSN degree. Generally, an applicant must have completed the applied science degree – and must be a registered professional nurse. In some cases, these programs require that nurses work in the field for a while before entering the BSN programs. In other cases, completion programs are online only, with no additional hands-on access.

Your decision to work toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in nursing should be made based on personal goals and interest in the field, as well as financial capability to support a continued education following an exit from Oakton. We encourage you to attend an Oakton nursing information seminar to learn about the program and whether or not it will meet your needs. If you do decide to continue your education with a BSN, advisors will work with you to ensure that you complete the prerequisites necessary to transfer.



March 25
Registration opens for summer 2013 sessions.

March 31
Oakton Foundation scholarship applications due.

April 8
Registration opens for fall 2013 semester.

April 26
Wentcher Scholarship application due.

May 1
Academic Merit Scholarship application due.

May 1
Priority financial aid application filing date for 2013-14.

May 9, 10
Evaluation Days.

May 10
Last day of student attendance.

May 13
Summer 2013 interim classes begin.

May 13
Grading Day
Faculty on campus and available to students at designated times.

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