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ARCHIVED 2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
ARCHIVED 2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, BSN Degree/RN to BSN

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The online RN to BSN Program assists registered nurses (RNs) to add value to their basic education, broaden their perspective of current clinical practice, enhance their leadership potential, and prepare for graduate study in nursing by earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing enhances RN knowledge and competencies needed for the complex healthcare environment. Now, more than ever, nurses prepared at the baccalaureate and master's level are in great demand by health care employers. Our faculty are invested in nurturing students as they prepare for their roles as clinicians, educators, leaders, consumers of research, and responsible members of society. The School of Nursing is approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

RN to BSN Nursing Program

To be admitted to the program, students must satisfy the following admission prerequisites:
• A current, unrestricted license to practice as an RN within the United States
• A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on all post-secondary courses.
• Completion of the School of Nursing course prerequisites and the WCU Liberal Studies requirements with grades of C or better.
• Accumulation of at least 60 semester non-nursing credit hours.
• The WCU Liberal Studies requirement is waived if the student has a previous baccalaureate degree or an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science from a North Carolina Community College. An Associate of Applied Science degree does not waive this requirement.

Retention in the Program: Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 overall in the major and earn a grade of C (2.0) or better in each required course in the major in order to remain in the program.
• Students are expected to adhere to the technical and professional standards and safe practice policies of the program.
• For the most up to date information regarding standards, refer to the RN to BSN Nursing program website.
• See the Nursing program website for application deadlines.

The RN to BSN program is only for persons who

• Have a current, unrestricted license to practice as an RN within the US OR     will have such a license before starting WCU NSG courses.
• Have completed WCU Liberal Studies requirements
• Have at least 60 semester hours not counting previous Nursing courses
• Desire the convenience of an online program.

The total number of hours for the program: 120.

Liberal Studies Hours (42 hours)

Liberal Studies Program Requirements  



General electives (6 hours) are required from WCU at the upper-division level to satisfy degree requirements.

RN to MS(N) early-entry option:

Purpose:  To assist selected RNs with good academic records to move smoothly through the RN to BSN curriculum directly into MS(N) study for advanced nursing roles. Normally, the student would take up to 8 semester hours of WCU undergraduate upper-division electives to complete the BSN.  These electives could be replaced with up to 8 hours of WCU MS(N) graduate-level work, reducing the time needed to complete both degrees by one semester.

Students interested in this option should consult with both their RN to BSN advisor and the RN to MS(N) advisor.

Application requirements for the RN to MS(N) early-entry option:

  • Admission to and enrollment in the WCU RN to BSN program.
  • Completion of at least 12 of the required 24 hours of WCU RN to BSN NSG courses, with projected completion of the remaining hours before or during the semester of application to the WCU RN to MS(N) early-entry option.
  • GRE  or MAT submitted with acceptable scores
  • Statistics course completed from any accredited institution in any discipline
  • GPA of 3.00 on last 60 hours or cumulative post-secondary GPA of 2.85
  • Professional statement and resume

Enrollment in the RN to MS(N) entry option does not guarantee admission to the MS(N) program.  Admission of the RN to MS(N) applicant is provisional until the BSN is successfully completed. 

If RN students are admitted provisionally to the early-entry option at WCU, this option replaces the WCU undergraduate upper-division electives needed for the RN to BSN with up to eight hours of MS(N) graduate credits.  The BSN is then awarded by WCU.

If RN students are admitted provisionally to the early-entry option at WCU but elect not to finish it, they may apply any combination of WCU undergraduate upper-division electives with WCU MS(N) graduate credits for a total of eight hours to complete the BSN.

If RN students are not admitted provisionally to the early-entry option at WCU, they may still complete the BSN by taking eight hours of WCU undergraduate upper-division electives.

Visit the department’s website at to view the semester curriculum guide.




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