Great Basin College

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Great Basin College is a small college in Elko, Nevada that is part of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Founded in 1967, it served as Elko Community College for several years. It functioned as a junior college that primarily offered certificate and associate degree programs. The college then became Northern Nevada Community College. After adding more four-year programs, it became Great Basin College to reflect that it was more than just another community or junior college. The college now offers bachelor's degrees in a few subject areas like education and nursing. It also offers a large number of associate's programs that allow students to train for their careers or prepare for a more intensive education program.

Unlike junior colleges in the state, Great Basin College offers on-campus lodging options for students. You have the option of living in a dorm room, residing at home with your parents or living on your own or with other students. It also operates a number of smaller branch campuses that help students living in rural parts of the state enroll in college. Several satellite campuses in Nevada also offer Great Basin College classes. Around 3,500 students take classes across the main campus and all its branch and satellite campuses.

Great Basin College Accreditation Details

Though you likely have a lot on your mind when looking at colleges, you should always make sure that the college you choose has accreditation. Regional accreditation is far better than national accreditation and shows you that the college is serious about the education of its students. The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities granted regional accreditation to Great Basin College because of the requirements it has in place for its students and because it has the funding necessary to stay open.

Like other campus, Great Basin College also has a few types of specialty accreditation too. The Accreditation for Commission in Nursing, Inc. (ACN) accredited its nursing program, and it has accreditation for its human services program from the Council for Standards in Human Services Education. Great Basin College also has accreditation for its radiography program from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

Great Basin College Application Requirements

The first step in applying for college is with the general application. Great Basin College wants prospective students to feel comfortable filling out its application, which is why it has an admissions help line. You can call that help line and ask for help with the application or with any tech problems you encounter. The college has an open admissions policy that lets it accept more students each year. You can apply with either a high school diploma or GED, and the college also accepts homeschooled students. International students will need to demonstrate proficiency with the English language before starting classes. Some programs also have prerequisites that you'll need to complete before enrolling full time or taking specific classes too.

If you want to qualify for resident tuition rates, you must also complete a Nevada residency form. This form requires proof that you lived in the state for the last 12 months or for a period of 12 months before classes start. You can fill out this form after finishing the online application. You'll need information, including the name and address of your high school, your social security number, date of birth and a valid email address, to fill out the application. Great Basin College may need your ACT or SAT score, and it may ask for an official high school transcript to verify that everything you wrote on your application is correct.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Unlike other colleges that charge one tuition rate, Great Basin College charges separate rates for lower level and upper level classes. A full-time student taking only lower level classes who lives in Nevada will pay around $2,800 a year. The cost for upper level classes rises to around $4,500 a year. If you are a nonresident, the cost of lower level classes is around $9,500 a year. When you enroll in upper level courses, you'll pay close to $11,000 a year. While the college does offer housing options for students, paying for room and board can add close to $7,000 to your annual costs. The college also offers discounted rates through its Western Exchange and Good Neighbor programs.

Visiting the financial aid page of the Great Basin College website will help you apply for financial aid programs like scholarships that are available from the city and grants from certain organizations. You should also fill out the FAFSA to see if you qualify for federal loans and grants. The college will notify you via email when it processes your aid. You can then go online, view your letter and accept that package. Great Basin College also has some jobs available for undergrads who need additional financial help.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Nursing is a vocation that requires more than just a college degree. You also need a lot of hands on experience, which you can get in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program available from Great Basin College. The college offers a fully accredited RN to BSN program designed for those who completed an RN degree in the past. When you apply, you need to supply the college with your nursing license information to show that you obtained your license. The program is also open to those who completed an RN degree but haven't yet gone to work in that field. It is one of the few RN to BSN programs in Nevada that is available entirely online.

Though the college will use some of the credits you earned in your RN program to meet the requirements for graduation, you will still need to take up to 54 credits of courses from the college. This includes nine credits of general education courses, one program elective and 42 credits of nursing classes. Program electives include health assessment and pathophysiology. Required nursing courses include diversity and health care policy in rural environments, community health theory and nursing leadership and management. Great Basin College also requires that RN to BSN students take a practicum course worth four credits and a senior seminar that is worth another four credits during their final years of study.