Nursing (RN-BSN)


 Applications for Fall 2016 will open in November 2015.


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Program Description:

nursing studentsThis online, part time degree completion program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN), is designed for the student who has earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing, or an Associate Degree in Nursing, or a Diploma in Nursing from a hospital program, and holds a RN license to practice nursing in North Carolina or a compact state. The RN-BSN program provides the academic knowledge and skills necessary to advance in the nursing field by seeking a higher level position and/or to apply for graduate study in nursing. The Appalachian RN-BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Click here for a list of careers associated with this degree program.

Distance Education RN-BSN programs are cohort based, a concept of providing a schedule of courses to an identified group of students who begin and complete their program of study within a specified timeframe. The major nursing courses are offered only one time in each cohort program, and must be taken according to the program schedule.

The RN-BSN program duration is approximately 12 months, consisting of three terms: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

The BSN degree requires a total of 124 semester hours of credit. It is comprised of 30 semester hours of major nursing courses, 30 semester hours of Appalachian credit awarded for prior learning after successful completion of the second term of the program, and 64 semester hours of lower-division transfer credit (consisting of the RN-BSN Required Core, cognate courses, and elective courses) to complete the BSN degree.

All students must have reliable access to the internet, and a high-speed/broadband access (cable or DSL) is strongly recommended.

Components of the RN-BSN Program

124 Semester Hours, Minimum Grade of "C"/2.0 is required in each course

Required Core (44 SH):

The RN to BSN Required Core (effective for students entering the program through Fall Semester 2015) may be completed at a North Carolina community college or other accredited institution:

  1. English Composition (6 SH)
    • Two Composition Courses
  2. Humanities/Fine Arts (12 SH)
    • 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
  3. Social/Behavioral Sciences (12 SH)
    • 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
  4. Mathematics (6 SH)
    • An introductory mathematics course (survey, college algebra, trigonometry, calculus, etc.)
    • An introductory statistics course (does not have to have a math prefix)
  5. Natural Sciences (8 SH)
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab

    NOTE: Students holding a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (see, Transfer Credit Policy) would need to complete only the Cognate courses and the major Nursing coursework (see below).

Cognate Courses (18 SH)

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.

  1. Human Anatomy & Physiology* if not taken as part of the Required Core (8 SH)
  2. Microbiology w/lab (4 SH)
  3. Developmental Psychology or Human Growth and Development* if not taken as part of the Required Core (3 SH)
  4. College level Statistics* if not taken as part of the Required Core (3 SH)

*Courses in the Cognates may also count as part of the Required Core, and additional hours needed are made up in General Electives to earn the total 124 Semester Hours required for the BSN Degree.

Click here to access a list of community college courses that may be taken to fulfill the RN-BSN requirements  for students entering the program through Fall Semester 2015.

Nursing Major Coursework (30 SH):

The following nursing major courses (30 SH) are offered in the RN-BSN program:

  • NUR 3000 Nursing Informatics (3 SH)                                                 
  • NUR 3011 Concepts of Professional Nursing (4 SH)            
  • NUR 3021 Health Assessment (4 SH)                         
  • NUR 3031 Nursing Care of Older Adults (3 SH)             
  • NUR 4021 Nursing Care of Communities (4 SH)                        
  • NUR 4029 Nursing Leadership & Management (4 SH)    
  • NUR 4032 Professional Nursing Synthesis (5 SH)         
  • NUR 4033 Nursing Research (3 SH)


Tentative Schedule-Fall 2014 Program:

Fall 2015Spring 2016Summer 2016

NUR 3000 (3 SH)

NUR 3011 (4 SH)

NUR 3021 (4 SH)

NUR 3031 (3 SH)

NUR 4021 (4 SH)

NUR 4029 (4 SH)

NUR 4032 (5 SH)

NUR 4033 (3 SH)


Clinical Hours – The Department of Nursing has set the following clinical hours for major Nursing courses in the RN-BSN program:

2nd Term of the program
NUR 4021 – 30 clinical hours

3rd Term of the program 
NUR 4032 – 120 clinical hours

(Clinical sites will be located within the state of North Carolina)

Clinical hours in the RN-BSN program are not traditional. They are managed by a variety of class projects in which the student may use their own work setting. The projects will be explained in detail when students are enrolled.

Questions about the clinical hours should be sent to Dr. Kim Priode,

Appalachian Credit Awarded (30 SH):

Students who successfully complete two terms of the RN-BSN program will be awarded 30 semester hours of Appalachian credit for prior learning.

Elective Course Requirements (to complete the required 124 SH):

The BSN degree requires a total of 124 semester hours. If a student would have fewer than 124 hours on record after completing all other degree requirements, the remaining credit hours must be obtained by taking general elective courses that are transferable to Appalachian.

Any required elective courses may be taken at a North Carolina community college or other accredited institution.

Completion of lower-division coursework (Required Core, cognate courses, elective courses):

All lower-division coursework should be completed before entering the RN-BSN program.

Admission to the University:

Students must meet Appalachian State University admission requirements. (Admission to the university does not automatically guarantee admission to the RN-BSN program.)

Admission Requirements for the RN-BSN Program:

Admission Decisions for the RN to BSN program are made by the Department of Nursing. To meet the RN-BSN admission requirements, in addition to meeting university admission standards, students must:

  • hold an Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing, or 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 on a 4.0 scale calculated over all college coursework (cumulative GPA as calculated by the Department of Nursing)
  • Fall Semester 2015 program, students must have ALL lower-division coursework (RN-BSN Required Core, Cognate Courses, elective courses) completed prior to entry to the program.

Test Scores:

No test scores (ACT or SAT) are required for admission to this RN-BSN program.

Proposed Cohorts:

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Fall 2015

APRIL 15, 2015

Appalachian State University reserves the right to cancel the start of any Distance Education program due to the lack of sufficient, sustainable enrollment (typically 15 for Graduate programs and 18 for Undergraduate programs). In the event of a cancellation for insufficient enrollment, application fees will be refunded. Refunds will also be issued for any tuition and fees paid by applicants. These refund policies apply ONLY to canceled programs. When program starts are delayed, students may opt for a refund or apply their application to the new semester. If you have any questions concerning this policy, contact the Distance Ed Program Manager (see below for contact info).

If a cohort becomes full, your name may be placed on a waiting list upon acceptance to the RN-BSN program.

Application for Admission

Applications must be complete (online application submitted, fee paid, and all supporting documents received) and ready for review by the application deadline.

All coursework that a student intends to complete before a possible Fall Semester 2015 entry should be listed on the coursework in progress section of the application in order to have it considered in the admission decision. (List coursework that you plan to take through Summer term 2015.)

Appalachian graduates should contact the program assistant or program manager for information on applying to the program.

State regulations may require all institutions of higher education (including Appalachian State) that deliver online instruction to students located within their borders to have written authorization to do so.  If you reside outside of North Carolina and intend to apply to one of Appalachian’s ONLINE distance education programs, please notify the program manager.

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Important Links:

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Progression Policies/Academic Policies

Managing Your Academic Career - Access to Schedule of Classes, Registration Instructions, Textbook Information, Library Resources, Financial Aid, and other Student Resources

Program Manager:  JuanEs Ramirez,, (800) 355-4084

Program Assistant:  Adryona Nelson,, (800) 355-4084

Academic Program Coordinator:  Dr. Kimberly Priode,, (800) 355-4084 Ext. 8004

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