Program Overview

The online RN to BSN degree completion program from Western Carolina University allows registered nurses 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's of Science in Nursing. Graduates of this program are able to:

  • ​Apply principles of therapeutic communication with individuals and communicate professionally both orally and in written form
  • ​Use elements and standards of reasoning within the nursing process
  • ​Collaborate in a goal-directed manner when performing nursing care and working with other healthcare providers
  • Recognize the need to incorporate professional nursing values
  • ​Access data and information from print, electronic, and other sources

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor Completion

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


    Degree completion requires a minimum of 122 credits, including transfer and major requirements.

    • Online curriculum: 30 credit hours
    • A current, unrestricted license to practice as an RN within the United States
    • 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 (waived if student has a previous baccalaureate degree or an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science from a North Carolina Community College)

    School Overview

    Western Carolina University, a co-educational public university located on a rural campus in Cullowhee, NC, is a branch campus of the University of North Carolina System. WCU was established in 1889, and is the fifth oldest school of the sixteen four-year universities in the UNC system. WCU was established to educate those living in the Western North Carolina mountains. Today, WCU serves the entire state of North Carolina, as well as the nation, and has grown into a major cultural, scientific and educational force in the state and region.

    WCU awards bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees through the following colleges and schools:

    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Business
    • College of Education and Allied Professions
    • College of Fine and Performing Arts
    • College of Health and Human Sciences
    • Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology

    WCU offers distance and online education programs to students seeking an alternative to on-campus classes. Distance education students are part of a vibrant online learning community, and convenient class schedules make it easy for students to exchange ideas, share information, keep track of discussions, check assignments and submit their work online. Program offerings include undergraduate online degree completion programs, graduate online degree programs, online certificates and courses, alternative teacher licensure and add-on licensure, and off-site and hybrid degree programs.


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