The College of Nursing developed this self-study Registered Nurse refresher course to help inactive RNs review and update their nursing knowledge and skills, providing an opportunity to move with confidence into a nurse orientation program and return to practice. Please view our program overview for further details on the course.
Returning website visitors, please note that admission requirements were updated on June 23, 2017, as a result, they may have changed since your previous visit.
This course is split into two components: 145 hours of theory and a minimum of 80 hours of supervised clinical (or hours as required by your state board of nursing). The theory portion of the course can be completed entirely online, and the clinical component can be completed in your home community. You can work on the coursework at your own pace, but the entire course (theory and clinical) must be completed within 12 months.
The cost of the course is $900, which includes:
- Supervision and coordination of the course
- Consultation to course participants
- Correction of exams
- Record keeping
- Postage and handling
Certificate of completion
All refresher course participants must establish an account with Castle Branch, the chosen vendor for document management. Castle Branch has been endorsed by the AACN, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and is the source to submit program pre-admission and clinical requirements.
The pre-enrollment package price for Castle Branch for the two background checks is $132.75. The post-enrollment package price for Castle Branch clinical requirements is $77.75. These are additional costs and should be paid directly to Castle Branch. See instructions for ordering here.
Participants may experience additional variable expenses as they prepare for clinical.
Participants that elect to complete only the theory portion of the course are not required to open a Castle Branch account to submit the background checks or pre-clinical requirements.
If you're ready to return to nursing practice again, download and fill out the application, and mail it or fax it to the Office of Continuing Nursing Education. This program is ongoing, so you can begin anytime.