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Transfer Courses and Prerequisites

All undergraduate students must meet certain general ECU education requirements as well as College of Nursing prerequisites. The following courses have been approved by the North Carolina Community College Common Course Library and East Carolina University for transfer to ECU. Download the list of approved courses. Please also see the curriculum overview for the program you are pursuing ( BSN, RN to BSN or Accelerated Second-Degree BSN).


Prior to admission, the following general education and cognate courses must be completed. The prerequisite courses can be taken at ECU, a community college, or a regionally accredited college or university.

NOTE to accelerated second-degree seeking baccalaureate students: Your general education courses are met through completion of your first bachelor's degree. Science courses must be taken within the past five years.

  • English Composition (two semesters)
  • College Algebra
  • Chemistry (a total of two courses - in general, organic and/or biochemistry)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (with labs, two semesters)
  • Microbiology (with labs)
  • Health**
  • Physical Activity and Fitness**
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Nutrition***
  • Statistics (mathematics or psychology)
  • Global Diversity Elective*
  • Humanities and Fine Arts Electives (nine semester hours and must include ethics): at least one course from the humanities area and one course from the fine arts area. Humanities include ethics, literature, philosophy and religion. Fine arts courses include art, dance, music, speech and theater.

*Please check with your academic advisor regarding this course.
**Students will receive placement credit for HLTH 1000 and KINE 1000 when they present a valid, unrestricted license to practice as a RN.
***A nursing course taken in the Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) program will meet the Nutrition requirement.

Academic credits from other regionally accredited institutions are typically accepted by ECU if a grade of "C: or higher is earned. There is no time limit for acceptance of academic credits. Advanced placement, credit by examination and the College-Level Examination Program are other ways to meet these requirements. For North Carolina community college courses, please refer to the community college transfer course list to determine how or if a course may transfer and to identify specific courses (especially humanities and fine arts courses).

The ECU College of Nursing offers assistance to prospective students by completing an unofficial review of a complete set of transcripts.