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UNC Charlotte CHHS Students

RN to B.S.N. Completion Program

This program accepts students in fall and spring semesters.
Application deadline: March 15 (fall) and September 15 (spring)

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The online RN to B.S.N. Completion Program provides the associate degree or diploma-prepared registered nurse an opportunity to earn his or her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (B.S.N.). Registered nurses who have completed an associate’s degree or diploma program are candidates for this online degree.

Students choose the RN to B.S.N. program at UNC Charlotte because there are no required visits to campus for coursework, students have the option of starting in the fall or spring semesters, and the program is designed to be completed within 12 months. All nursing programs at UNC Charlotte are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing.

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The RN to B.S.N. curriculum is part-time and 31 hours in length.

First semester
NURN 3103 - Concepts of Professional Nursing Science (3 credits)
NURN 3104 - Issues in Cultural Health (1 credit)
NURN 3108 - Health Assessment for Nurses (3 credits)
NURS 4192 - Enhancing Clinical Judgment (3 credits, Nursing Elective)

Second semester
NURN 4100 - Aging and Health (3 credits) (OI)
NURN 4201 - Information Technology: Applications in Health Care (2 credits)
NURN 4440* - Community Health Nursing (6 credits)

Third semester
NURN 4203 - Leadership in Nursing Practice (2 credits)
NURN 4450* - Design and Coordination of Care for Nurses (6 credits) (WI)
NURN 4900 - Research in Nursing Practice (2 credits)
* Clinical Courses

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100% online

Delivery Method

Courses are delivered 100% online using Moodle.

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Do you live outside of the State of North Carolina?

1. Required prerequisites:

  • ENGL 1101 - English Composition (3 credits)
  • PSYC 1101 - General Psychology (3 credits)
  • CHEM 1203 or 1251 - General Chemistry or Principles of Chemistry (3 credits)
  • CHEM 1203L or 1251L - Chemistry Laboratory (1 credit)
  • MATH 1100 - College Algebra and Probability (3 credits)
  • BIOL 1259 - Bacteriology (Microbiology) (3 credits)
  • BIOL 1259L - Bacteriology Laboratory (1 credit)
  • BIOL 1273 - Human Anatomy and Physiology (3 credits)
  • BIOL 1273L - Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory (1 credit)
  • SOCY 1101 - Introduction to Sociology or ANTH 1101 - Introduction to Anthropology (3 credits)
  • BIOL 1274 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3 credits)
  • BIOL 1274L - Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory (1 credit)
  • STAT 1220, STAT 1221, or STAT 1222 - Statistics (3 credits)
  • Electives (6 credits)

General Education Requirements

  • LBST 1100 - Arts and society
  • LBST 2101 - Western culture
  • LBST 2102 - Global understanding
  • LBST 2200 - Ethical and cultural critique
  • ENGL 1102 - Writing in the academic community

How do I know if I have taken all of the required prerequisites?

Before applying, you should have your transcripts evaluated by the RN to B.S.N. Program Coordinator, Ms. Susan Lynch. She will evaluate your previous course work and let you know which pre-requisites you may be missing. This should be done one to two semesters prior to the semester you plan to enroll so that you will have time to complete any missing courses. Ms. Lynch can receive transcripts via email, fax or surface mail.

Susan H. Lynch, M.S.N., RN

UNC Charlotte School of Nursing
9201 University City Blvd.
CHHS 445
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001

Fax: 704‑687‑5296

You may check the Transfer Credit Advisor; an online database of courses that have transferred from other colleges and universities across the country.

Where can I take the prerequisites?

You can complete the prerequisites at the regionally accredited school of your choice. If you are taking courses in the NC Community College System, here is a list of the courses that students often need to take prior to enrolling in the RN to B.S.N. program:

UNC Charlotte Course NC Community College System Course (rev 2/2013)
MATH 1100 MAT 161, MAT 171
STAT 1220, STAT 1221, or STAT 1222 MAT 151, MAT 155
CHEM 1203+1203L or CHEM 1251+1251L CHM 131 + CHM 131A, CHM 151
LBST 1100 - Arts and Society ART 110, 111, 114, 115, 116, 117
DRA 111, 112, 115, 211, 212
HUM 160
DAN 110, 211, 212
MUS 110, 113, 114, 210, 213, 271, 272
LBST 2101 - Western Culture HIS 111, 112, 121, 122, 131, 132, 221, 222, 223, 231
HUM 120,121, 122, 150, 211, 212
PHI 210
REL 221
SOC 230
LBST 2102 - Global Understanding ANT 220, 221
GEO 111, 112
HIS 114, 115, 165
HUM 180
POL 210, 220
REL 110, 111
SOC 225
LBST 2200 - Ethical Issues and Cultural Critique ENG 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 231, 232, 233, 234, 241, 242, 243, 251, 252, 253, 261, 262, 265, 266, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275
HEA 110
HUM 110, 115, 130, 220
PHI 215, 220, 221, 240
SOC 213, 220
SPA 151
REL 211, 212

You may be able to find the courses online - Virtual Learning Community.

Students from NC Community Colleges should refer to the Transfer Guide for the College of Health and Human Services All NC Community College Transfer Equivalencies. You can find the a printable guide for the General Education requirements on page 2 of the Guide.

If you take a course outside of the NC Community College System, you should consult the Transfer Credit Advisor to see if your course is included. The CLEP Transfer Guide will provide details about how UNC Charlotte recognizes credits for certain CLEP exams.

2. Other requirements:

  1. A current unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse
  2. A grade point average of 2.0 or better in all college courses which are eligible for transfer to UNC Charlotte
  3. At least a “C” in all required nursing prerequisites
  4. Proof of liability insurance (required after admission)
  5. Meet University Health Requirements
  6. Review the program information at the School of Nursing's website

3. Submit your applications:

When you know that you have the required prerequisites, or have a plan to finish them the semester prior to enrolling in the RN to B.S.N. program, interested students are ready to apply to both the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the School of Nursing. Former UNC Charlotte undergraduate students should reapply using the Application for Readmission.

  1. Find the online undergraduate application at Undergraduate Admissions. Opens on September 3.
  2. Complete UNC Charlotte School of Nursing RN to B.S.N. Completion Program application.

Application deadlines

Fall admission (August)

University application - March 15
School of Nursing application - March 30

Spring admission (January)

University application - September 15
School of Nursing application - September 30

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New DE program students will receive an email with instructions for enrolling in an online orientation. The DE Student Guide is also available to aid in your preparation and throughout your program. Topics in the Guide include:

  • Student Computing and the Technical Orientation (includes using Moodle and Saba Meeting; and technical specifications for your computer system)
  • Course Registration and Textbooks
  • Tuition
  • Student Services

Watch the August 7, 2014 RN to B.S.N. Program Information Session

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Program Contacts

Distance Education
Steven Carter, M.Div. 
Senior Program Manager
Academic Department

Ms. Susan Lynch

Helpful Resources

Information & resources available for students:

Tuition Resources
Financial Resources
Career Opportunities
Library Resources

Proctored Testing

Faculty teaching online courses as part of a distance education program may require proctored exams or writing assignments. This requirement will be noted on the course syllabus.

See the Proctored Testing section of this website for detailed proctored exam information.