Can you picture yourself helping others in a health-care setting? Are you interested in challenging yourself using critical thinking and scientific reasoning to provide the best possible care to patients?

East Carolina's BSN program allows you to work closely with faculty and other nursing students to learn and grow as a care provider. The program offers you a view of nursing and where you might best fit in the profession on a community and global level. ECU's BSN program will provide you the unique and rigorous academic and clinical experience you will need to be confident in situations from nurse-client interaction to creative problem solving and ethical decision making.

You will study in spacious classrooms and state-of-the-art labs on the university's Health Sciences Campus and have access to resources in the William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library. You will gain leadership, collaboration, and information management skills as well as advocacy experience that will set you apart in your field and help you excel as a nursing professional in the setting that you choose. In addition to your four years of study, you will participate in one summer session to complete your degree. In addition to classroom instruction, you will be engaged in clinical practice through which you will put the concepts you've learned into action in one of 50 community agencies. You will have the opportunity to complete your clinical requirements in environments including hospitals, private homes, schools, and public health offices.

ECU Advantage

East Carolina's nursing programs have gained national attention for producing prepared professionals ready to make a difference in the lives of patients. As the role of nurses evolves in our health-care system, East Carolina's experienced faculty will ensure that you are prepared to enter the profession with the most up-to-date information and solutions to patient care. The College of Nursing is one of only eight schools in the nation to receive a Center of Excellence designation for the way it educates its students.

ECU is the largest producer of new nursing graduates in North Carolina. Our alumni have gone on to enjoy successful careers in a variety of nursing settings, and many of them have received state and national awards for their service and expertise. Our graduates even cross borders to put their skills to work all over the world.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Annette Peery (3166 Health Sciences Building; 252-744-6356; peerya@ecu.edu)

Minimum degree requirement is 125-133 s.h. of credit as follows:

1. General education requirements including those listed below - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

  • BIOL 2110 - Fundamentals of Microbiology
  • BIOL 2111 - Fundamentals of Microbiology Laboratory

  • CHEM 1120 - Introduction to Chemistry for the Allied Health Sciences
  • or
  • CHEM 1150 - General Chemistry I and
  • CHEM 1151 - General Chemistry Laboratory I

  • MATH 1065 - College Algebra or approved general education calculus course
  • PSYC 1000 - Introductory Psychology
  • PSYC 3206 - Developmental Psychology
  • SOCI 2110 - Introduction to Sociology
  • Choose an approved 3 s.h. ethics course
2. Professional nursing core - 42 s.h.

 (BSN pre-licensure students only)

  • NURS 3210 - Nurse as Care Provider
  • NURS 3211 - Nurse as Care Provider Clinical
  • NURS 3280 - Concepts of Pathophysiology for Nursing
  • NURS 3290 - Basic Foundations
  • NURS 3291 - Basic Foundations Laboratory
  • NURS 3330 - Nursing Care of Families During the Childbearing Phase
  • NURS 3331 - Nursing Care of Families During the Childbearing Phase Clinical
  • NURS 3340 - Nursing Care of Children
  • NURS 3341 - Nursing Care of Children Clinical
  • NURS 3380 - Pharmacotherapeutics in Nursing
  • NURS 3390 - Advanced Foundations
  • NURS 3391 - Advanced Foundations Laboratory
  • NURS 4010 - Nursing Care of Clients with Alterations in Mental Health
  • NURS 4011 - Nursing Care of Clients with Alterations in Mental Health Clinical
  • NURS 4020 - Nursing Care of Adults
  • NURS 4021 - Nursing Care of Adults Clinical
  • NURS 4140 - Research in Nursing
3. Specialization areas - 25-33 s.h.

(Choose one area.)

    Professional nursing (25 s.h.)

    (Pre-licensure students)

    • NURS 3020 - Health Assessment
    • NURS 3021 - Health Assessment Laboratory
    • NURS 3520 - Trends and Issues in Professional Nursing
    • NURS 3550 - Health of the Older Adult
    • NURS 4150 - Nursing Leadership
    • NURS 4210 - Nursing Care of Populations and Communities
    • NURS 4211 - Nursing Care of Populations and Communities Clinical
    • NURS 4500 - Theory Capstone
    • NURS 4511 - Clinical Capstone
    Registered nurse students (33 s.h.)

    Upon completion of NURS 4901, registered nurses receive 34 s.h. placement credit for the remaining core nursing courses. Registered nurse students who maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above in all courses applied to the completion of the RN-BSN option and have earned a grade of "A" in NURS 4907 and NURS 4908 may qualify to graduate with distinction.

    • NURS 4901 - Nursing Research, Clinical Scholarship, and Evidence Based Practice
    • NURS 4902 - Professional Communication in Nursing
    • NURS 4903 - Critical Thinking to Facilitate Role Transition: RN to BSN
    • NURS 4904 - Professionalism in Baccalaureate Nursing Practice
    • NURS 4905 - Nursing in a Global Society
    • NURS 4906 - Community Health Nursing
    • NURS 4907 - Nursing Leadership and Finance
    • NURS 4908 - RN to BSN Practice Experience Capstone
4. Cognates - 18 s.h.
  • BIOL 2140 - Human Physiology and Anatomy I
  • BIOL 2150 - Human Physiology and Anatomy II
  • BIOL 2141 - Human Physiology and Anatomy I Laboratory
  • BIOL 2151 - Human Physiology and Anatomy II Laboratory

  • CHEM 1130 - Organic and Biochemistry for the Allied Health Sciences *
  • or
  • CHEM 1150 - General Chemistry I and
  • CHEM 1151 - General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • or
  • CHEM 1160 - General Chemistry II and
  • CHEM 1161 - General Chemistry Laboratory II

  • NUTR 1000 - Contemporary Nutrition or
  • NUTR 2105 - Nutrition Science

  • An approved 3 s.h. statistics course
  • Note:

    * This course may count towards the general education requirement.

    5. Electives to complete requirements for graduation.
      For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

      Careers With This Degree

      Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

      • Registered Nurses
      • Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary
      • Health and Human Services

      Career Opportunities

      ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

      NC Tower

      This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

      • Self-employed;
      • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
      • Work outside of North Carolina.

      US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

      This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

      Degree-specific internships

      For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.