RN to BSN Program

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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.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing enhances RN knowledge and competencies needed for the complex healthcare environment. Now more than ever, nurses prepared at the baccalaureate and master’s level are in great demand by health care 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. The 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 8 hours of upper division online WCU electives on a part-time basis within two years.

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 $5700 (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

Transcript evaluation

To determine admission eligibility, students can have their transcripts reviewed by the RN to BSN Student Services Specialist prior to applying. This is recommended for anyone interested in the program:


  • Application deadline for Fall (August start) admission is March 10.
  • 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 (three courses in each block), plus some required upper level electives and perspectives.

RN to BSN Curriculum 

Program costs

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.


Want to learn more about the online RN to BSN program? Not sure if you've met all of the prerequisites? Then the evaluation request is the first step in the RN to BSN process so that we can properly advise you. You may access this step at RNtoBSNtranscript.wcu.edu.

Follow the steps to fill out the request form and return it to us along with copies of all of your transcripts. We will create a checklist for you showing how each requirement has been met and course recommendations for those that have not yet been met. We will then be glad to go over any questions about your evaluation. You may always email us or call with any questions about the program. As this is an online program most communication is done through email.

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

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