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RN to BSN Program

Earn Your BSN in 4 Semesters

Nursing Professionals


The online RN to BSN program assists registered nurses (RNs) in adding 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 percent 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.

Admissions requirements

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Transfer Courses

To see what courses will transfer into WCU to meet the prerequisite requirements you will first need to complete the Distance Learning Application and send in all official transcripts and official test scores (AP, CLEP, DANTES, etc.) to the Undergraduate Admissions Office for processing.

  • Once you have been accepted to WCU, you will be assigned an advisor who can work with you to determine what courses you need to prepare for application to the RN-BSN program. 
  • You also will be able to log in through your portal, MyWCU, to see how your courses transfer into WCU.

You may use the information found on the Credits Earned Elsewhere page to see how courses taken outside of Western Carolina University will transfer into WCU.


In addition to applying to WCU, students must also submit a supplemental program application to the School of Nursing.
Deadlines for Fall 2019:

  • February 20, 2019 to WCU
  • March 10, 2019 to the RN to BSN Program

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.

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.

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Program outcomes

Upon completion of the BSN program, 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 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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