The online Nursing RN to BSN program at Appalachian

Of the nearly 3 million nurses* in the United States workforce today, 50 percent of registered nurses hold a bachelor’s degree.

The Institute of Medicine recommends 80 percent of RNs will have their bachelor’s by the end of the decade. Success in the rapidly changing health care system means staying ahead of the curve.

App State Online knows you and your employer value the sound leadership of nursing professionals. That’s why this Nursing (RN to BSN) program, which is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, provides the academic knowledge and skills necessary to advance in the nursing field, helping you seek a higher level position and/or to apply for graduate study in nursing.

Appalachian’s RN to BSN program provides a flexible, affordable and practical pathway for working RNs to complete 100 percent of their coursework online in one year and position themselves for advancement in a growing field.

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Degree details

Program information

  • 30 semester hours of Appalachian course work, taken in the fall, spring and summer
  • Non-traditional clinicals involving class projects and research
  • Completion time: one year
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    (Note: Not all courses listed may be delivered to App State Online students. Refer curriculum questions to the program contact.)

Admission requirements

The following criteria are required for entry:

  • Transfer Admission to the university
  • Hold an Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing, an Associate Degree in Nursing (from an accredited institution) or a Diploma in Nursing from an accredited hospital nursing program
  • Hold a current, unrestricted and unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license to practice nursing in North Carolina or a compact state
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 calculated over all college coursework (cumulative GPA as calculated by the Department of Nursing)
  • Complete 60 hours of lower-division coursework (RN to BSN Required Core, Cognate Courses, elective courses) and 30 hours of major nursing courses

Visit our transfer equivalency course search to see how your previous coursework transfers to Appalachian.

Additional courses required for entry

RN to BSN Required Core

Courses may be completed at a North Carolina community college or other accredited institution:

  • English Composition (six semester hours)
    • Two composition courses
  • Humanities/Fine Arts (12 semester hours)
    • One literature course required
    • One fine arts course required
    • Two additional courses from: art, dance, drama, foreign language, music, literature, interdisciplinary humanities, philosophy, and religion
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (12 semester hours)
    • One history course
    • An introductory course in sociology
    • An introductory course in psychology
    • An additional course from: anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology
  • Mathematics (six semester hours)
    • An introductory mathematics course (survey, college algebra, trigonometry, calculus, etc.)
    • An introductory statistics course (does not have to have a math prefix)
  • Natural Sciences (eight semester hours)
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab

NOTE: Students holding a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university would need to complete only the Cognate courses and the major nursing coursework.

Required Cognate Courses

Cognates are support courses for the major that are required for the BSN degree and may be completed at a North Carolina Community College or other accredited institution:

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology if not taken as part of the Required Core (eight semester hours)
  • Microbiology with lab (four semester hours)
  • Developmental Psychology or Human Growth and Development if not taken as part of the Required Core (three semester hours)
  • College-level statistics if not taken as part of the Required Core (three semester hours)

NOTE: Courses in the cognates may also count as part of the Required Core.

Applicants who have completed the RN/BSN Articulation Agreement may need one to two courses of additional coursework to fulfill Appalachian’s RN/BSN core requirement.

Professional Licensure

This is a program that can lead to licensure or certification.  Appalachian State University cannot confirm whether this program will meet the requirements for professional licensure in other states or territories.

If this applies to you, check the U.S. Department of Education for information on licensure requirements and licensing agencies in other states. Or, you may address questions to State Authorization at Appalachian at or 828-262-7559.

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