Undergraduate Program

Special Announcement regarding ECU College of Nursing BSN and ABSN Admission Exams:
For changes related to pre-admission testing, please see the admissions information for the BSN and Accelerated Second-Degree BSN (ABSN) options on their respective pages.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The baccalaureate curriculum in nursing provides for four academic years plus one summer session of study in general education and professional nursing. Clinical practice for students is planned in conjunction with classroom instruction and involves placements in more than 50 agencies including hospitals, home health, public health, private homes, schools, clinics and other community agencies.

The undergraduate curriculum reflects societal needs for nursing services and contemporary changes in the roles of nurses in the health care system, and emphasizes essential concepts in the preparation of the nurse generalist.

Students are admitted to the major after completing required prerequisite course work in the humanities and the social, behavioral, and natural sciences. The college also admits registered nurses into the baccalaureate program and recognizes their prior knowledge and competencies through a variety of advanced placement strategies. The RN to BSN option is designed to meet the needs of working RNs. RNs on this track are closely advised and counseled, their individual talents are evaluated as part of placement in courses, and they are monitored for integration of educational experiences with career goals.

The East Carolina University College of Nursing educates professional nurses capable of caring for the diverse needs of our patients. We are dedicated to creating a diverse faculty, staff and student body that reflect our community, and we are always working to enhance our cultural competence as it relates to health care.

The baccalaureate program at the East Carolina University College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

Career Possibilities
Our BSN program prepares nurse generalists with the knowledge, skills and competencies necessary for professional practice as a provider, manager or coordinator of care in a variety of environments.

Although a large percentage of new graduates go on to work in traditional hospital settings, there are a growing number of opportunities in community health, school health, occupational health, education research and clinical specialties.

Program Objectives
Upon completion of the option, each 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.

Curriculum Plan
Download the BSN curriculum plan.

Contact Us
Executive Director, Student Services
College of Nursing
2150 Health Sciences Building
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858

Professional Board Licensure

*All ECU academic programs that may lead to licensure/certification prepare students to sit for licensure/certification in North Carolina. In order to comply with the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) and the U.S. Department of Education regulations regarding education at a distance and professional licensure, ECU is required to make the following disclosure with respect to professional licensure/certification outside the state of North Carolina. ECU may or may not be able to confirm whether a particular program meets requirements for professional licensure/certification outside of the State of North Carolina. ECU highly recommends that you contact the applicable licensure board(s) in any state you may want to pursue licensure/certification prior to beginning the academic program in order to determine whether the program meets licensure/certification requirements. Academic programs and individual graduates must meet standards set by that state's licensure requirements in order to be eligible for a license/certification.*