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Bachelor of Science in Nursing: RN to BSN

Prospective Student Information Session
A prospective student information session will be held on the following date:

October 7, 2014

The information session will be held at 10:00 am in the Health Sciences Building on the East Carolina University Health Sciences (West) Campus.

Please email a copy of all college transcripts when you RSVP. You will be able to meet with an adviser after the information session to receive your unofficial transcript evaluation ONLY if you submit your transcripts via email when you RSVP.

Please RSVP to for additional information.

RN to BSN Option Overview
The RN to BSN option provides educational mobility for registered nurses who are seeking a bachelor of science in nursing. RNs have the opportunity of using their prior education and professional experiences to earn advanced placement status at East Carolina University. East Carolina University College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036 ( and approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing (

The purpose of the option is to educate students to become professional nurses and to assume leadership roles in a variety of settings. The American Nurses Association ( and many other organizations recognize the baccalaureate degree as the requirement for entry into professional nursing. This option is built upon the liberal arts and the natural and behavioral sciences. The RN to BSN option stresses the learning of concepts and principles, as well as the use of the nursing process in caring for individuals, families, and groups.

Upon completion of the option, the graduate:

  • Integrates knowledge from nursing, social and natural sciences and humanities to provide professional nursing care across the health care continuum. Demonstrates competency as a care provider, communicator, advocate, collaborator, coordinator, manager, educator, consumer of research, leader, information manager, innovator, and change agent.
  • Demonstrates pursuit and application of knowledge, respect for diversity, application of principles of critical reasoning, and informed moral and ethical decision-making.
  • Applies strategies to manage issues of professional nursing practice in a diverse and global health care environment.
  • Engages in caring nurse-client/patient relationships using effective therapeutic nursing interventions, evidenced-base practice, communication and critical reasoning to optimize client/patient and population outcomes.
  • Functions in professional nursing roles as a member of inter- and intra- professional teams.

Information regarding tuition and fees is available online at:

Curriculum Plan
The RN to BSN curriculum was designed with the working registered nurse in mind and includes the following special features:

  • No placement examinations
  • Online courses
  • The curriculum is based on feedback from prospective students and is designed to meet recommendations and requirements of accrediting bodies. The courses focus on areas of study congruent with the needs of preparing nurses to practice as BSNs. Summer courses are required. Students will earn the BSN in 4 semesters
  • The curriculum is designed to offer more structure and ease in providing students with a plan of study. The courses are offered sequentially in that students must complete the courses in the semester to move forward
  • Some of the courses are presented in a blocked format to allow the completion of two or more courses per semester but being able to focus on only one or two courses at a time
  • Some of the courses will contain practice experiences in which the student may be required to complete activities away from the computer. An example of such an experience may be in NURS 4902 – Professional Communication in Nursing – students may be asked to interview someone in a leadership role in the community
  • NURS 4906 – Community Health Nursing and NURS 4908 – RN to BSN Practice Experience Capstone are courses in which students will be required to complete practice experiences as specified by course activities

Please click here to download the RN to BSN curriculum plan.

Admission Requirements
All students enter the University as General College students with an intended major of nursing. Upon admission to the RN to BSN option, students may declare the major.

Registered nurses are admitted upon completion of specified general education and science prerequisites.

Admission to the RN to BSN option requires that the following University and College of Nursing requirements be met:

  • Associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited nursing program
  • Current, unrestricted license to practice as a registered nurse in North Carolina or an NCSBON-compact state (international applicants must validate credentials with the Commission of Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools before applying for RN licensure.)
  • Minimum requirements as specified in the current undergraduate catalog
  • Minimum overall grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Grade of C or higher in all mathematics and science courses
  • Satisfactory completion of prerequisite general education and cognate courses
  • Criminal background checks and drug screenings are required prior to enrolling in nursing courses.

Admission determination is based on the admission ranking system. The admission ranking formula can be downloaded here.

Important Note to Residents Outside North Carolina
Admission of applicants residing outside the State of North Carolina to an online degree, certificate program or individual online course offered by East Carolina University, is dependent on ECU's ability to secure authorization from the applicant's state of residence, if such authorization is required.

Due to evolving changes in higher education regulations, at this time, ECU is unable to serve all of the students that are interested in our courses or programs.  ECU will no longer be able to offer distance education online programs or courses for students residing in Alabama, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Maryland, and Ohio.  For the most current list of states, visit this link  ECU will work with state authorities to allow students in these states who are currently enrolled in an ECU online or certificate program to complete their degree.

Additionally, students enrolled in programs or courses that require internships or supervised clinical placements will be unable to complete these activities in the state listed.

For questions specific to the state authorization process, call 252/737-1268 or email

Other ECU admission and application information can be found at:

Admission Process
Applying to the RN to BSN option is a two-step application process:

  1. Students must submit an application to East Carolina University Office of Undergraduate Admissions. East Carolina University admission procedures, including an online application, are located at The admission process may take several months, so the process should be initiated early. Application forms, official transcripts, and questions regarding admission to the University should be directed to:

    Undergraduate Admissions
    East Carolina University
    106 Whichard Building
    Greenville, NC 27858-4353

    **Students cannot be admitted to the RN/BSN option without admission to the University.**

  2. The RN to BSN application should be submitted no later than March 1st for fall semester admission and Oct. 1st for spring admission.

    The College of Nursing RN to BSN application, with instructions, is available to download here.

    Prospective students interested in the RN to BSN option should request an unofficial transcript review prior to submitting an application. This review will provide information regarding required prerequisites that should be completed prior to applying to the RN/BSN option.

    Information and instructions for requesting an unofficial review can be viewed here.

For further information, contact:
Director RN to BSN Studies
East Carolina University
3164 Health Sciences Building
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
Telephone: 252-744-6470