AAPOnline FAQ

What are the AAPOnline admission requirements?

Every AAPOnline student must be age 23 or older.

First-Time College Student Admission Criteria:

  • Age 23 or older
  • High School GPA 2.5 or higher or GED of 50 or higher
  • ACT/SAT not required
  • An official copy of high school transcript* or GED test score report.

Transfer Admission Criteria:

  • Age 23 or older
  • Students with less than 24 hours of transferable credits must meet First-Time College Student Admission Criteria.
  • Students with 24 or more hours of transferable credits must have a college GPA of 2.5 or higher.

RN to BSN Admission Criteria:

  • Age 23 or older
  • A college GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher in all nursing courses.
  • An earned associate’s degree in nursing.
  • An active RN, unrestricted license to practice nursing

Acceptance into AAP

  • If a student has attended college previously, an official transcript* from each college must be submitted.
  • A student is not officially accepted into AAP until official transcripts have been received.
  • A student with no prior college experience must submit proof of a high school diploma (official high school transcript) or GED test score report.

* Official transcripts are those sent directly to Spalding from the issuing institution. Any transcript marked “issued to student” or any transcript that is hand delivered by the student is not considered an official transcript.

 

Whom do I contact if I need assistance with the admission process?

Contact the Admissions Office, either by phone or via e-mail:

Local:             (502) 585-7111

Toll Free:       (800) 896-8941

E-mail:            admissions@spalding.edu

 

Where can I access the course schedule and a list of available online courses? 

You may access the schedule of available AAP courses, including our online offerings, by clicking here: http://blog.spalding.edu/aap/schedules/

Syllabi for AAPOnline courses are available by clicking here: http://blog.spalding.edu/aap/syllabi/

 

What are the minimum computer hardware and software requirements for success in an online course? 

Students planning to take an online course at Spalding University should plan to have access to the following hardware, software and plug-ins.  These are minimum requirements; you may strongly consider investing in a webcam and a headset to enhance your online learning experience.

Hardware:

  • PC computer using Windows XP or higher or Macintosh/Apple computer using OS 10.5 or higher.
  • 64 MB (128 MB + recommended) of RAM, with 5MB (10 MB + recommended) of hard drive space available, and operating with CPU processor speed of 266 MHz (500 MHz + recommended) for PC, or running a PowerMacintosh or higher.
  • Connection to the Internet using a 56 Kbps modem or DSL / cable connection.
  • Sound Card and Speakers

 

Software:

Many times, courses will have accompanying documentation in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint format. If your computer does not have Microsoft Office, you will need viewers:

  • Microsoft Word (or MS Word Reader)
  • PowerPoint (or MS PowerPoint Reader)

If you are asked to download MS Office documents and edit them, you may need a document converter because the instructor’s version of the software may be different than yours.

Browser Settings:

  • An Internet browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher (PC only), or Firefox 3.6 or higher (all Platforms), with the following browser settings: Javascript enabled, Popup Blockers disabled, and Cookies Enabled.

The following plug-ins:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader – Acrobat Reader allows you to view and print PDF files on all major computer platforms.
  • Adobe (Macromedia) Shockwave and Flash – Shockwave and Flash presents interactive animations with streaming audio and video.
  • Quick Time Player
  • RealPlayer – RealPlayer provides live and on-demand real-time RealAudio and RealVideo streaming content on the Web.
  • Sun Systems Java – Java provides the ability for interaction with web pages through applets.
  • Windows Media Player

 

How do I obtain a Spalding student e-mail account?

How do I obtain my my.spalding.edu password?

First time users, please visit http://www.spalding.edu/portalsetup to create your account. You will need your Social Security Number and Spalding student ID # (his is a seven digit number assigned to you by Spalding University and imprinted on your Spalding picture ID). The number will be necessary for resetting your password if it expires or you forget it.

 

How will I access the Spalding Portal?

The my.spalding.edu portal is the entry point for Moodle, Web Advisor and E-mail and will be your gateway to the campus. You will not have to visit three separate login pages to access these tools. The portal has other features: password change tool, the cafeteria menu, local weather, Spalding News and Bulletin Board, a staff and faculty directory, a site search tool, and links to other useful Spalding pages.

 

How can I change my password?

You can change your password yourself on the http://my.spalding.edu web site. You will need to login first using your current password to do so. Then click the change my password button on the lower left side of the page.

 

What do I do if I forget my password?

If you forget your password, you may have it reset during the business day. Bring a picture ID to the Library Circulation desk, and a staff person there can assist you. Alternatively, you may call 1-886-604-5605 (if on campus, dial extension 2398) or go to our online helpdesk (http://spalding.edu/about-spalding/information-technology/) for online assistance.

 

What is Moodle?

Spalding University uses Moodle for its Learning Management System (LMS). Moodle is an open source software platform used at over 66,000 sites in more than 200 countries (http://moodle.org).  The name is an acronym – Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. Moodle is a feature rich LMS with many resources available for supporting students and faculty. Students and faculty are automatically assigned to courses upon registration. The courses are linked on the Spalding Portal under the section Datatel My Classes. Please consult the following resources if you have questions about using Moodle:

 

How do I obtain assistance with Moodle, the Spalding Portal, resetting a password, Spalding student e-mail and Web Advisor?

Visit the Help Desk Site: http://spalding.edu/about-spalding/information-technology/

Call: 1-886-604-5605 (if on campus, dial extension 2398)

For more Moodle resources for faculty and students visit our page on the Spalding Portal – https://my.spalding.edu/depts/dept-aa/moodlejoule/default.aspx.

 

Where do I access information about financial aid and scholarships?

Financial aid is available to students who are accepted to Spalding University and meet particular eligibility requirements.  For additional information about sources of financial aid, specific aid programs, please access the Financial Aid section of the Spalding University website.

 

In how many courses do I need to enroll in order to be considered a full-time student?

There are seven (7) sessions per academic year. Students carrying 12 credit hours per term are classified as full-time. A term is classified as Fall (Sessions 1, 2, and 3); Spring (Sessions 4, 5, and 6); or Summer (Session 7).

AAP students are advised to carefully weigh job, family, and other life obligations before committing to the heavy time investment required for a full-time class load. Students may prefer to begin with one course per session until they establish a rhythm of study.

 

In addition to the time students spend actively participating in the online class activities, exercises and assessments, they should expect to spend a minimum of 10-15 additional hours per week per AAPOnline course working on such class-related activities as reading, studying, conducting research, performing group work, and completing assignments.

 

May I complete only one course at a time, as a part-time student?

Once enrolled, students proceed at their own pace, taking as few or as many credits as possible in any given term (the seven sessions are offered in three terms year-round), even stopping out for a term or two if they find it necessary to do so.

 

Is there a limit as to how many online courses I may enroll in during a particular six-week session?

Students register for courses with the advice and approval of an academic advisor. Undergraduate students may register for no more than 8 credit hours per 6-week session and no more than 18 credit hours per Fall (Sessions 1-3) or Spring (Sessions 4-6) term without the written approval of the Provost.

 

How do I register for an online course?

In order to register for an online class the first time, a student must contact his or her academic advisor. Academic advising is an integral part of the AAP experience. Students are encouraged to work closely with their advisor. The student is responsible for contacting the advisor, discussing course selection, and registering for courses via WebAdvisor.

Any student who has not previously enrolled in an AAPOnline course must successfully complete the AAPOnline Orientation.

 

What is the cost of my online course?

Tuition is billed by the credit hour, and most undergraduate AAP and AAP Online courses are the equivalent of three (3) credits per course.  For the 2012-2013 academic year, the tuition rate for AAP and AAPOnline courses is $390.00 per credit hour, or $1,170.00 for a three-hour course.

 

When is payment due?

Payment must be made prior to the start of classes for which payment is due, unless arrangements are made to defer payment for financial aid or employer reimbursement.

 

Payment may be made in person in the Enrollment Services Center, by mail, or by phone (credit card only).

 

Whom do I contact with questions about my billing statement?

Contact the bursar:

Local:             (502) 585-9911

Toll Free:       (800) 896-8941

 

How do I know what textbooks are required for the courses that I’m enrolled in?   Where do I purchase my books?

Textbooks are available to students about four weeks prior to the start of AAP classes. Textbooks can be purchased or rented at the Spalding University bookstore or ordered on-line at www.spaldingu.bkstr.com.

 

How do I add or drop an online course? If I drop or withdraw from a course, will a get a refund?

The deadlines for adding, dropping or withdrawing from AAPOnline classes is as follows:

  • Students may add a class through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday during the 1st week of the session.
  • Students may drop a class through 11:59 p.m. Friday during the 1st week of the session.
  • Students may withdraw from a class through 11:59 p.m. on the 4th Friday of the session

 

A student who does not follow Spalding University’s drop policy will be charged for all classes for which he or she registered, regardless of his or her attendance in class. If an instructor has a student on the class roster who has never attended the class, the instructor must note this on his or her grade sheet and assign the student a grade of F.

 

Refund policies apply to the entire obligation for the course(s), not just the amount paid as of a specific date. Students receiving financial aid should consult with a financial aid representative prior to dropping or withdrawing since credit load is a key criterion for Financial Aid eligibility.

 

How do I contact my instructor?  Each course syllabus provides important information, including information about your instructor’s office hours and contact information (e-mail address, telephone number). Course syllabi are posted on the Spalding website at http://blog.spalding.edu/aap.

 

How will my professor take attendance?

All online classes will have a “check-in” time by which the student must generate or respond to an email introduction to the instructor and classmates in order to establish attendance in the first class. A student registered for an online class must log-in to an online class by 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday of the first week of class to be counted as present for the first class. A student may drop a class until 11:59 p.m. on Friday of the first week of the session. Online classes require the submission of weekly assignments. Any student who has missed (as defined by Spalding University’s online standards) the equivalent of 25 percent of an online class should withdraw from the class or receive the grade of F for the class. A student may not withdraw from an online class after 11:59 p.m. on the 4th Friday of the session. A student who withdraws from an online class will be responsible for the tuition accrued for the chronological time that has elapsed in the class, not for the amount of work that student has completed.

 

Will I have online class meetings with all of the other enrolled students in my class?

Online classes are presented in an entirely asynchronous format.  Students may be required to submit assignments by specific deadlines, but may not be required to log-on for synchronous activities at set times.

 

Weekly assignments will be due to ensure that students remain engaged and to encourage students to pace themselves throughout the class in order to stay on track and ensure that the class is in compliance with instructional time standards. Completed tasks will be used to measure attendance. For example, a Moodle drop box may be open for a 24-hour period only to accept a weekly assignment. After that period passes, the drop box is closed to new assignment submissions and the student’s opportunity to submit that assignment has passed.