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The following information was obtained from the RN-BSN Student Handbook pages 11-13. For a copy of the entire student handbook click here for the pdf: RN-BSN Student Handbook


You, the student, are responsible for:

Planning your academic program and for meeting the requirements of the University and of the department. This responsibility includes developing a complete understanding of, and following all degree requirements, academic regulations, and procedures.

You must obtain, retain, and consult regularly the sections from the applicable catalog that govern your graduation requirements.

You are assigned an academic advisor, whose role is to assist you in planning the academic program and in interpreting degree requirements and academic regulations.

It is your responsibility to confer regularly with your advisor. The advisor will provide the best, most current information possible, but, ultimately, it is your responsibility to request and use this advice wisely and to meet graduation requirements and academic regulations.

Meeting with your Advisor

At Frostburg State University, you will always have an academic advisor to assist you in realizing your academic and career goals. You are encouraged to see your advisor regularly to discuss your current academic work and future plans, to ask for advice about any problem you encounter, and to find out about other services on campus that are available to support your academic success. You will need to see your advisor at least once per semester prior to registration to plan your schedule for the next term. You will submit the Nursing Registration Form to your advisor stating what courses you would like to be enrolled in for the upcoming semester. Your advisor will register you for nursing courses and be in contact with you about your registration status. Be sure to plan ahead to successfully enroll in courses and to make your advising experience valuable.

Contacting and Making an Appointment with your Advisor

  • Call or email your assigned advisor
  • Make an appointment at a mutually agreeable time
  • Become familiar with your advisor's office hours
  • Synchronous online classrooms can be used during office hours or for a pre-scheduled appointment


In order to register for courses you must meet with your advisor either face-to-face, by phone, or by synchronous classroom at a mutually agreed upon time. At that time you will discuss with your advisor the courses that you plan to complete prior to the registration period for that semester. You will be notified of your designated registration time via PAWS and the academic calendar. During your meeting with your advisor, your advisor will approve you to register in PAWS. You will then be able to go online and register for the upcoming semester in PAWS, your advisor will register you for nursing courses, but it is the student's responsibility to register for non-nursing courses. Refer to for all registration questions.

It is part of the progression of the RN-BSN Program to take courses during the summer sessions. In order to be eligible to do so, you must complete a summer session registration form prior to meeting with your advisor and signing up for summer session courses. You can complete this form by logging onto the FSU home page at and clicking on the summer session link. Once you are there you will click on “Undergraduate” under “Apply.” You will then find a form to complete and submit online.