The RN-M.S.N. program is designed for the outstanding student who wants to pursue an accelerated path to the M.S.N.. Applicants must meet all admission requirements for the RN to B.S.N. as well as the selected graduate program. A student makes application directly to the Graduate School with the appropriate fees simultaneously with the applications for the RN to B.S.N. Completion Program. A student interested in pursuing an online RN to M.S.N. program can choose one of the distance education concentrations of the M.S.N.: Nursing Education, Nursing Administration, or Community/Public Health.

Degree programs from the School of Nursing at UNC Charlotte are accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through 2011, and approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing.


Students desiring to complete one of the three M.S.N. concentrations delivered online will complete the curriculum of the specific concentration. See the curriculum of the Nursing Education (39 credits), Nursing Administration (36 credits), and the Community/Public Health concentrations (38 credits).

Students will also complete the following five courses (20 credits) in the RN to B.S.N. curriculum. The RN to M.S.N. option saves the student 10 credit hours that would normally be completed in the RN to B.S.N. program.

    NURN 3108 - Health Assessment for Nurses (3 credits)
    NURN 4100 - Aging and Health (3 credits) (OI)
    NURN 4440* - Community Health Nursing (6 credits) (WI)
    NURN 4203 - Leadership in Nursing Practice (2 credits)
    NURN 4450* - Design and Coordination of Care for Nurses (6 credits) (WI)
    * Clinical Courses

Semesters 1-3  
Spring NURN 3108 - Health Assessment (3hrs)
NURS 6301 - Curriculum Development (3hrs)
Summer NURN 4100 - Aging and Health (3hrs)   
STAT 6127 - Introduction to Biostatistics (3hrs)
Fall NURN 4203 - Nursing Leadership (2hrs)
NURN 4450 - Design and Coordination of Care (6hrs)
Semesters 4-6  
Spring NURS 6160 - Research in Nursing and Health Care (3hrs)
NURS 6212 - Program Planning and Evaluation (3hrs)
Summer NURS 6101 - Theoretical Foundations for Nursing (3hrs)
NURN 4440 - Community Health (6hrs)
Fall NURS 6115 - Health policy and Planning in the U.S. (3hrs)
NURS 6211 - Health Disparities

B.S.N. Granted Here

Students complete the remainder of the M.S.N. curriculum according to their Plan of Study.


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Undergraduate Application:

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

Help with Questions on Transfer Credit:
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. Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
CHHS 445 (Building and Room #)
704‑687‑7896 (Phone) 704‑687‑6017 (Fax)
slynch16@uncc.edu (email)

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

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  and the All NC Community College Transfer Equivalencies 182 KB. Courses that meet the General Education requirements can be found on page 2 of the General Education Guide.

The CLEP transfer guide will provide details about how UNC Charlotte recognizes credits for certain CLEP exams.

2. Other requirements:

  • A current unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse
  • A grade point average of 2.0 or better in all college courses which are eligible for transfer to UNC Charlotte
  • At least a “C” in all required nursing prerequisites
  • Proof of liability insurance (required after admission)
  • Meet University Health Requirements
  • 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.
  2. Complete UNC Charlotte School of Nursing RN to B.S.N. Completion Program application.

Application deadlines

Spring admission (January)   

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

Graduate Application

General requirements for Master's students at UNC Charlotte can be found on the Graduate Admissions website. In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the following are required for admission to the M.S.N. in Systems Population Nursing; Nurse Educator.

  • Current unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse. Current license in North Carolina or a compact state or the state identified by faculty for clinical practice before enrollment.
  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. A B.S.N. degree from nationally accredited program is preferred. If the baccalaureate is not in nursing, and courses in research, leadership management, aging and health, and community health are lacking, they will be required as part of the program of study
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 in the last degree earned is preferred
  • Completion of a statistics course with a grade of C or better
  • One year of professional nursing practice is recommended

Required with application:

  • Satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (M.A.T.) within the last five years or a previous Graduate degree with documented scores.
  • A statement of purpose, describing the applicant's experience and objective in undertaking graduate study in the chosen specialty
  • Three letters of professional recommendation
  • One official transcript from all academic work beyond high school; uploading unofficial transcripts inside of the Apply Yourself application is not required

Students should complete the online Graduate Application for Admission. Post-Baccalaureate, or non-degree, students will need special permission from the Associate Director of the Graduate Division of the School of Nursing, Dr. Gwen Foss, before registering in distance education nursing courses.


Student Services prepares students for participation in UNC Charlotte distance education courses.

Among the topics in this orientation are: