RN to BSN Program

Earn Your BSN in 4 Semesters

Nursing Professionals


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’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) in only 4 semesters.

Flexible on Your Time

100% of classwork is online along with some precepted hours in your area. The easy access to coursework and classes allows you to complete your bachelor's in a way that fits your busy lifestyle. And, with the reduced tuition through NC Promise, beginning in Fall 2018, the cost of completing your degree is only $3,500.

Advance your career, improve patient outcomes and start your application today.

Designed for Working Nurses 

The BSN enhances your RN knowledge and competencies needed for the ever-changing healthcare environment. Now more than ever, nurses prepared at the baccalaureate and master’s level are in great demand by healthcare employers.

Our faculty is invested in nurturing students as they prepare for their roles as clinicians, educators, leaders, consumers of research, and responsible members of society.

Western Carolina University's School of Nursing is approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

about the rn to bsn program

Students will complete 24 hours of online core WCU RN to BSN courses, Leadership and Community Health practicums, and 6 hours of upper-division online WCU electives on a part-time basis in only 4 continuous semesters!

Students are admitted twice a year and can begin the program in either January or August.

The coursework is entirely online, including online Orientation.

Completing your BSN through WCU's RN to BSN program is very affordable! Tuition and fees for the entire RN to BSN Program are estimated to be $3500 (in-state), including textbooks!

Program prerequisites - Admissions requirements

The following  are required for admission to the RN to BSN Program:

  • All the WCU Liberal Studies and School of Nursing Prerequisite requirements.
    • The liberal studies portion of the prerequisite requirements may be waived by an A.A. or A.S. degree in addition to the A.A.S. in nursing degree.


  • All the courses in the AAS 5 Block Plan through an N.C. Community College nursing program (for students who enter a N.C. Community College nursing program on or after Fall Semester, 2015, AND will earn the RN to BSN AA degree through a N.C. Community College).

Requirements may be in progress at the time of application, but all prerequisite courses, including the non-nursing hours requirement, must be completed before starting in the RN to BSN program.

Admissions Requirement Page


  • Application deadline for Fall (August start) March 10th.
  • Application deadline for Spring (January start) is September 10.

Click here to begin the RN to BSN Program Application process.


The RN to BSN required courses are laid out in four six-hour blocks with 6 to 9 hours a semester  - all in only 4 semesters!

RN to BSN Curriculum 

Program Costs

Estimated Program Costs for in and out of state students

The estimated Cost of Attendance for the program for in-state residents is only $3,500!


Residency for Tuition Purpose: http://residency.wcu.edu/ 

Program outcomes

Upon completion of the BSN program (RN to BSN and RIBN) graduates will be 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 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.

Thank you for your interest in Western Carolina University's online RN to BSN Program.

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