rn to bsn students

RN to BSN

The RN-BSN program offers working RNs the opportunity to earn a BSN in a convenient location through a part-time plan of study. RN to BSN Outreach cohorts are offered in collaboration with grant funding from the Northwest Area Health Education Center (NWAHEC). The cohort sequence is designed so that required nursing courses can be completed in three semesters.

Linda Anderson

Linda Anderson
Outreach Program Specialist
Phone: 336-334-5265
Email: linda_anderson@uncg.edu

Dr. Jacqueline DeBrew

Dr. Jacqueline DeBrew
Director of the RN to BSN Program
Phone: 336-334-3100
Email: jacqueline_debrew@uncg.edu

Program Information 2016—2017


Uniform Articulation Agreement (Students who entered a NC Community College Nursing program on or after Fall Semester 2015)

Uniform Articulation Agreement

North Carolina graduates of an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing will fall under the RN to BSN Uniform Articulation Agreement, jointly approved by the NC Community College and the University of North Carolina Systems. Eligibility for the Uniform Articulation Agreement, a potential student must:

  • Enter a NC Community College Nursing program on or after Fall Semester, 2015
  • Earn an Associate Degree in Nursing at a NC Community College with a GPA of at least 2.0
  • Earn a C or better in all courses included in the first three blocks of the plan.
  • Be licensed as an RN prior to applying to the RN to BSN program.

Block Plan

Block 1 (23 credits) — Consists of certain prerequisite nursing courses that are part of all North Carolina Community College AAS Nursing programs. The courses are:

Course CategoryTransferable CoursesCreditsUNCG Equivalency
English CompositionENG 111, ENG 112 or 1146 (3, 3)

ENG 101, ENG 102

Human Anatomy &
Physiology with Lab
BIO 165 & 166 or BIO 168 & 1698 (4, 4)

Biology Elective and BIO 271

Humanities/Fine ArtsSelect one: ART 111, 114, 115, MUS 110, 112, PHI 215, 240, HUM 1153

ART 100, ARH 110, 111, MUS 241, 214, PHI 111, 119, ELE 000

PsychologyPSY 150, PSY 1216 (3, 3)

PSY 241, PSY 250

Block 2 (18-19 credits) — Consists of additional university general education requirements that are not part of an AAS degree, but are required (highlighted) to earn a BSN.

Course CategoryTransferable CoursesCreditsUNCG Equivalency
English LiteratureENG 231, ENG 2323ENG 251, ENG 252
HistoryHIS 111, 112, 131, or 1323

HIS 207, 209, 211, 212

Humanities/Fine ArtsSelect one additional course not taken in Block 13

Same as Block 1 Plan

College Transfer MathMAT 143 or MAT 1713 or 4Math elective, MAT 150
SociologySOC 210, SOC 213, 220, 225,
230, or 240
6 (3, 3)SOC 101, SOC 335, 201, 327, or Sociology elective

Block 3 (17-18 credits) — Consists of additional nursing or other requirements that are not part of an AAS degree, but are required (highlighted) to earn a BSN.

Course CategoryTransferable CoursesCreditsUNCG Equivalency
StatisticsMAT 1524

STA 108

Microbiology with LabBIO 175 or 2753 or 4BIO 000, 280
Chemistry with LabCHM 151 or CHM 130 and CHM 130A
or CHM 131 and 131A
4CHE 111 & 112, 102 and CHM 110, 103 and 110
Social Science/
Elective: Select 2
from either category
or one from each.
ECO 251, ECO 252, POL 120
Suggested electives include but are not limited to foreign language, speech, culture, and computer science. Electives must be selected from the Transfer Course List in the Comprehensive Articulation
6 (3, 3)ECO 201, 202, PSC 100

Block 4 (30 credits) — Consists of credit awarded after successful completion of NUR 370 & 371

Block 5 (31 credits) — Consists of 25 credits for the Nursing program and 6 additional hours for residency.

  • NUR 370 Concepts of Professional Nursing (WI) 3 hours
  • NUR 371 Nursing Health Assessment (Lab) 3 hours
  • NUR 470 Community Health Nursing Concepts and Care 4 hours
  • NUR 471 Nursing Care of the Older Adult 4 hours
  • NUR 472 Nursing Leadership and Management (SI) 4 hours
  • NUR 473 Nursing Research 4 hours
  • NUR Elective 3 hours
  • Residency 6 hours
  • NUR 370 and NUR 371 (with grade of C or better) are prerequisites for the following required nursing courses: NUR 470, 471, 472, and 473.
  • The School of Nursing offers nursing elective courses from which you may choose: NUR 330, 390, 405.

Appeal Process

If a student from a North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) college believes the terms of the RN to BSN AA have not been honored by a University of North Carolina (UNC) institution to which the student has been admitted, the student may invoke the RN to BSN AA Transfer Credit Appeal Procedure (see pg. 12).

Graduation Requirements

All students admitted to UNCG must complete at least 31 semester hours in residence at UNCG for the degree. All students must also earn a minimum of 122 hours to earn the BSN degree (including both transfer credits and UNCG course work). Credit earned by special examination may not be used to reduce the minimum residence requirement. Students must complete at least 45 hours at UNCG (not including exam credit) to be considered for graduation with Honors. Please see the Undergraduate Bulletin for more information.

Students can view their progress toward satisfying degree requirements online through UNCGenie. It is each student’s responsibility to check his/her degree evaluation and monitor his/her progress toward satisfying graduation requirements. This is particularly important if you drop or add courses.

2+ Articulation Agreement

2+ Articulation Agreement

For students that have completed an Associates of Applied Science in Nursing from a NC Community College prior to Fall Semester 2015, you will need to complete the following degree requirements:

The degree is made up of: General Education Core Requirements (GEC), GEC Markers, Nursing Cognate Requirements, 30 hours of credit earned by Special Examinations for nursing courses, 25 hours of required nursing courses, and free electives. The minimum hours required for the degree is 122 hours of which, 31 hours must be completed at UNCG. Only 64 hours can transfer from 2-year institutions.

  1. General Education Core Requirements (GEC)
    • HFA (Humanities and Fine Arts): Two courses from any of the following categories: GFA (Fine Arts), GLT (Literature), GPR (Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Perspectives), Example: MUS 241
    • GHP (History): One course, prerequisite for NUR 370
    • GMT (Math): STA 108 (Statistics) or its equivalent, prerequisite for NUR 370 – MAT 152 at Community College fulfills graduate school admissions requirement.
  2. Global Perspectives Courses (GL and GN)
    • Students must complete two Global courses (GL or GN), at least one of which must be a GN. These courses may also satisfy other GEC requirements. For example, you may take HIS 218 (The World in the 20th Century or HIS 163 at a Community College) to meet your GHP requirement (GHP) and it is also a GN. By doubling up on your general requirements, you can fulfill two requirements with one course!
  3. Cognate Courses | 3 hours
    • STA 108 (GMT) or its equivalent, prerequisite for NUR 370
  4. Credit by Examination | 30 hours
    • Credit earned by examination is awarded upon successful completion of the bridge courses NUR 370 & 371 and is equated to: NUR 210, 220, 310, 320, 340, 360 and 380.
  5. Required Nursing Courses | 25 hours
    • NUR 370 Concepts of Professional Nursing (WI) 3 hours
    • NUR 371 Nursing Health Assessment (Lab) 3 hours
    • NUR 470 Community Health Nursing Concepts and Care 4 hours
    • NUR 471 Nursing Care of the Older Adult 4 hours
    • NUR 472 Nursing Leadership and Management (SI) 4 hours
    • NUR 473 Nursing Research 4 hours
    • NUR Elective 3 hours
    • Residency 6 hours
    • Students must complete STA 108 (or its equivalent), and the GHP history requirement, before beginning NUR 370.
    • NUR 370 and NUR 371 (with grade of C or better) are prerequisites for the following required nursing courses: NUR 470, 471, 472, and 473.
    • The School of Nursing offers nursing elective courses from which you may choose: NUR 330, 390, 405.
  6. Free Electives
    • The number of electives required vary, but they must be sufficient to total the minimum 122 hours required for the degree of which, 31 hours must be completed at UNCG. Students may choose any undergraduate course as long as they meet the course prerequisites and they have not received transfer credit for. Students may choose to use elective credits to earn a minor in another field of study or may choose to pursue a double major.

Graduation Requirements

All students admitted to UNCG must complete at least 31 semester hours in residence at UNCG for the degree. All students must also earn a minimum of 122 hours to earn the BSN degree (including both transfer credits and UNCG course work). Credit earned by special examination may not be used to reduce the minimum residence requirement. Students must complete at least 45 hours at UNCG (not including exam credit) to be considered for graduation with Honors. Please see the Undergraduate Bulletin for more information.

Students can view their progress toward satisfying degree requirements online through UNCGenieIt is each student’s responsibility to check his/her degree evaluation and monitor his/her progress toward satisfying graduation requirements. This is particularly important if you drop or add courses.

Second Degree Students

Second Degree Students

Students with a previous baccalaureate degree are assumed to have met the liberal education requirements with their first degree, so the requirements for the RN to BSN program include completion of the 25 hours of required Nursing courses, and completion of 6 additional hours at UNCG to meet the 31 hours residency requirement.

Required Nursing Courses | 25 hours

  • NUR 370 Concepts of Professional Nursing (WI) 3 hours.
  • NUR 371 Nursing Health Assessment (Lab) 3 hours
  • NUR 470 Community Health Nursing Concepts and Care 4 hours
  • NUR 471 Nursing Care of the Older Adult 4 hours
  • NUR 472 Nursing Leadership and Management (SI) 4 hours
  • NUR 473 Nursing Research 4 hours
  • NUR Elective 3 hours
  • Residency 6 hours
  • Students must complete STA 108 (or its equivalent), and the GHP history requirement, before beginning NUR 370.
  • NUR 370 and NUR 371 (with grade of C or better) are prerequisites for the following required nursing courses: NUR 470, 471, 472, and 473.
  • The School of Nursing offers nursing elective courses from which you may choose: NUR 330, 390, 405.

Graduation Requirements

All students admitted to UNCG must complete at least 31 semester hours in residence at UNCG for the degree. All students must also earn a minimum of 122 hours to earn the BSN degree (including both transfer credits and UNCG course work). Credit earned by special examination may not be used to reduce the minimum residence requirement. Students must complete at least 45 hours at UNCG (not including exam credit) to be considered for graduation with Honors. Please see the Undergraduate Bulletin for more information.

Students can view their progress toward satisfying degree requirements online through UNCGenie. It is each student’s responsibility to check his/her degree evaluation and monitor his/her progress toward satisfying graduation requirements. This is particularly important if you drop or add courses.

Students Who Do Not Fall In To A Category

Students Who Do Not Fall In To A Category

Students who graduated from out-of-state schools or private NC institutions will need to complete the following degree requirements.

The degree is made up of: General Education Core Requirements (GEC), GEC Markers, Nursing Cognate Requirements, 30 hours of credit earned by Special Examinations for nursing courses, 25 hours of required nursing courses, and free electives.

The minimum hours required for the degree is 122 hours of which, 31 hours must be completed at UNCG. Only 64 hours can transfer from 2-year institutions.

  1. General Education Core Requirements (GEC)
    • HFA (Humanities and Fine Arts): Four courses from the following categories:
      • One GFA (Fine Arts),
      • One GLT (Literature),
      • One GPR (Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Perspectives)
      • One additional of GFA, GLT or GPR
    • GHP (History): One course, prerequisite for NUR 370
    • GSB (Social & Behavior Sciences: Two courses
    • GNS (Natural Sciences): Two courses, each must have different department prefixes, and one must include a lab.
    • GMT (Math): STA 108 (Statistics) or its equivalent, prerequisite for NUR 370 – MAT 152 at Community College fulfills graduate school admissions requirement.
    • GRD (Reasoning & Discource): Two courses, one must include ENG 101
  2. Global Perspectives Courses (GL and GN)
    • Students must complete four Global courses (GL or GN), at least one of which must be a GN. These courses may also satisfy other GEC requirements. For example, you may take HIS 218 (The World in the 20th Century or HIS 163 at a Community College) to meet your GHP requirement (GHP) and it is also a GN. By doubling up on your general requirements, you can fulfill two requirements with one course!
  3. Writing and Speaking Intensive
    • Two SI (Speaking Intensive) Course — students must complete one SI at any level and a second SI course within the major. All programs have identified at least one course among their major requirements that is taught as Speaking Intensive — NUR 472 Nursing Leadership and Management.Two WI (Writing Intensive) Course — students must complete one WI at any level and a second WI within the major. All programs have identified at least one course among their major requirements that is taught as Writing Intensive — NUR 370 Concepts of Professional Nursing.
  4. Cognate Courses 3 hours
    • STA 108 (GMT) or its equivalent, prerequisite for NUR 370
  5. Credit by Examination 30 hours
    • Credit earned by examination is awarded upon successful completion of the bridge courses NUR 370 & 371 and is equated to: NUR 210, 220, 310, 320, 340, 360 and 380.
  6. Required Nursing Courses 25 hours
    • NUR 370 Concepts of Professional Nursing (WI) 3 hours
    • NUR 371 Nursing Health Assessment (Lab) 3 hours
    • NUR 470 Community Health Nursing Concepts and Care 4 hours
    • NUR 471 Nursing Care of the Older Adult 4 hours
    • NUR 472 Nursing Leadership and Management (SI) 4 hours
    • NUR 473 Nursing Research 4 hours
    • NUR Elective 3 hours
    • Residency 6 hours
    • Students must complete STA 108 (or its equivalent), and the GHP history requirement, before beginning NUR 370.
    • NUR 370 and NUR 371 (with grade of C or better) are prerequisites for the following required nursing courses: NUR 470, 471, 472, and 473.
    • The School of Nursing offers nursing elective courses from which you may choose: NUR 330, 390, 405.
  7. Free Electives
    • The number of electives required vary, but they must be sufficient to total the minimum 122 hours required for the degree of which, 31 hours must be completed at UNCG. Students may choose any undergraduate course as long as they meet the course prerequisites and they have not received transfer credit for. Students may choose to use elective credits to earn a minor in another field of study or may choose to pursue a double major.

Graduation Requirements

All students admitted to UNCG must complete at least 31 semester hours in residence at UNCG for the degree. All students must also earn a minimum of 122 hours to earn the BSN degree (including both transfer credits and UNCG course work). Credit earned by special examination may not be used to reduce the minimum residence requirement. Students must complete at least 45 hours at UNCG (not including exam credit) to be considered for graduation with Honors. Please see the Undergraduate Bulletin for more information.

Students can view their progress toward satisfying degree requirements online through UNCGenie. It is each student’s responsibility to check his/her degree evaluation and monitor his/her progress toward satisfying graduation requirements. This is particularly important if you drop or add courses.

FAQs: RN to BSN

FAQs: RN to BSN [To download a copy of the FAQs, click here]

The BSN completion program for RN students has course offerings in a cohort format at multiple locations with specific start dates.  Classes are held one day per week and are taught by UNCG faculty.  The cohort sequence is designed so that required nursing courses can be completed in three semesters or less.  Students may take courses at multiple sites in order to complete the program more quickly.

Preparing to Apply

1) I need more information before starting the program – who should I contact?

2) How can I get an evaluation of my transcripts?

  • You can request a review by submitting unofficial copies of your individual transcripts along with the Student Record form (under Undergraduate/Documents of Interest) to nursing@uncg.edu or fax 336-334-3628, attention RN-BSN Program.

3) What are the admission requirements?

  • Undergraduate Admission Requirements
  • The School of Nursing does not have a separate application for admissions.
  • Students must have completed statistics (STA 108 which is MAT 152 at a NC Community College or an equivalency) and a Historical Perspective (GHP) requirement prior to entering the RN to BSN program.
  • Students must hold a current, active unrestricted RN license in North Carolina or in a state covered by the multi-state Nurse Licensure Compact before enrolling in the required Nursing courses and maintain licensure at all times while enrolled in the Nursing courses.
  • All cohorts are contingent upon receiving sufficient interest (25 or more students), but enrollment is also limited depending on the location.  If we do not receive sufficient interest, you will be asked to pick another cohort location (depending on availability). Spread the word!

4) How quickly can I get started with the RN-BSN program?

  • Cohorts normally start every 4th semester.  We have a variety of cohort locations to accommodate the majority of students in a given semester.

5) Are all courses offered online that I may need?

  • UNCG’s program is NOT an online program, but rather a hybrid program, which means classes are taught both online and face-to-face.  Students are expected to attend class once a week for four hours, however, credit for two courses is earned during this one day a week format.
  • The Nursing elective and many of the University GEC courses are offered online during Fall or Spring Semesters and Winter or Summer Sessions.

6) What is the cost of applying to UNCG?

  • The application fee is $55.

Cost and Timeline

7) What is the cost of the program?

  • Tuition costs can be found on the Cashier’s Office webpage.
  • These costs do not include books and supplies, which will be an additional expense.
  • You can obtain an estimate of costs by contacting the RN-BSN office.

8) If I am entering UNCG part-time, can I still get financial aid?

  • Financial Aid is complex and every option has guidelines.  Completing a FAFSA is recommended.
  • The School of Nursing offers scholarships for the academic year starting in Fall.  The application becomes available in December and is due by March 31.  You must be admitted to UNCG by April 30 to be considered for any scholarships.

9) How quickly can I finish the RN-BS program?

  • The cohort is 3 semesters in length, plus a Summer Session. Students take two classes during one time slot during a semester, which is 6 hours for the first semester, and 8 hours for the two remaining semesters.  Students can finish quicker if full-time.  We do not suggest this if working full-time.
  • The time required to complete degree requirements depends on the number of credits already established prior to enrolling in the program, the number of required courses taken each semester, and space availability in the nursing courses in a given semester.

10) What if I need to take a semester off, can I do that?

  • Yes, although you may have to attend a different cohort location when you want to return.

About the Coursework

11) What will the courses be like?

  • The first semester of classes consists of a writing intensive course, as well as a physical assessment course with a lab component. The subsequent courses have a clinical component, which is done independently in a project based format.

12) Where can I find a course description?

  • A grade of “C” (2.0) or higher is required in all 300 & 400-level Nursing courses.

13) What textbooks will I need to get for each course?

  • A list of textbooks can be found through the UNCG Bookstore.  If nothing is listed students can also check Canvas for the course syllabus or contact the instructor(s).

14)  Can I take required Nursing courses somewhere other than UNCG?

  • RN-BSN students are allowed to transfer to UNCG 6 hours of credit from other RN-BSN programs, however, only 3 hours will be counted towards a core course, and 3 hours will be counted as a Nursing elective course. Students will still be required to earn 6 hours in residency at UNCG.
  • A grade of “C” or above is required for all transfer and Nursing courses.

15) Can I take required non-nursing courses somewhere other than UNCG?

  • Yes, however if you need to take the 6 hours needed for residency, you should take them at UNCG to meet that requirement.

Other

16) Do I have to submit credentials such as a TB test, Flu Vaccination, etc.?

  • Yes, in the semester prior to taking any of the 400-level Nursing classes students are required to complete a criminal background check, drug screen, and immunizations.

17) Will I have to complete clinicals?

  • The 400-level courses have a clinical component that consists of learning activities completed independently by the student.

18) Do I need a student ID card?

  • An ID is only required if attending classes at the Union Square campus, 124 East Gate City Boulevard.  Request one at SpartanCard Center website.
  • Some places offer discounts to students, so you can request one no matter which location you attend.

19) What happens if I have to move? 

  • Due to laws and rules governing nursing education practice and state laws governing education delivery in each state, it is your responsibility to inform your academic advisor immediately if you do not currently live in North Carolina or if you move your actual residence (not necessarily your “legal residence”) during the program.  Depending on where you live, this may affect your ability to complete the RN-BSN program.

SAMPLE PLAN OF STUDY

 

Student must have taken statistics and a Historical Perspective (GHP) prior to starting a cohort.  We encourage students to start the semester prior to the cohort starting to take their Nursing elective.

Fall Cohort Start:

Spring Semester

NUR 390 or 330 3 s.h.

Summer Session

GEC/Elective                   3 s.h.

NUR/UNCG Elective       3 s.h.

 

Fall Semester

NUR 370 (WI)                 3 s.h.

NUR 371 & L                  3 s.h.

NUR 390 or 330              3 s.h. (if not taken early)

 

Spring Semester/Winter Session

GEC/Elective                    3 s.h.

NUR 470                         4 s.h.

NUR 472 (SI)                   4 s.h.

 

Summer Session

GEC/Elective                   3 s.h.

NUR/UNCG Elective       3 s.h

Fall Semester

NUR 471                         4 s.h.

NUR 473                         4 s.h.

Spring Cohort Start:

Fall Semester

NUR 390 or 330                 3 s.h.

Spring Semester

NUR 370 (WI)                 3 s.h.

NUR 371 & L                  3 s.h.

NUR 390 or 330              3 s.h. (if not taken early)

 

Summer Session

GEC/Elective                   3 s.h.

NUR/UNCG Elective       3 s.h.

 

Fall Semester

NUR 470                        4 s.h.

NUR 472 (SI)                  4 s.h.

 

Spring Semester/Winter Session

GEC/Elective                    3 s.h.

NUR 471                         4 s.h.

NUR 473                         4 s.h.

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