Undergraduate Program


The RN to BSN option provides educational mobility for registered nurses who are seeking a bachelor of science in nursing. RNs have the opportunity to use their prior education and professional experiences to earn advanced placement status at East Carolina University.

The purpose of this option is to educate students to become professional nurses and to assume leadership roles in a variety of settings. The American Nurses Association and many other nursing organizations recognize the baccalaureate degree as the requirement for entry into professional nursing. This option is built upon a liberal arts and a natural and behavioral sciences education. The RN to BSN option stresses the learning of concepts and principles, as well as the use of the nursing process in caring for individuals, families and groups.

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
The RN to BSN curriculum was designed with the working registered nurse in mind and includes the following special features:

  • No placement examinations.
  • Online courses.
  • The curriculum is based on feedback from prospective students and is designed to meet recommendations and requirements of accrediting bodies. The courses focus on areas of study congruent with the needs of preparing nurses to practice as BSNs. Summer courses are required. Students will earn the BSN in four semesters.
  • The curriculum is designed to offer more structure and ease in providing students with a plan of study. The courses are offered sequentially in that students must complete the courses in each semester to move forward.
  • Some of the courses are presented in a blocked format (5-1/2 weeks per course in the summer sessions and 7 weeks per course in the fall and spring semesters) to allow the completion of two or more courses per semester but being able to focus on only one or two courses at a time.
  • Some of the courses will contain practice experiences in which students may be required to complete activities away from the computer. Examples include:
  • NURS 4902: Professional Communication in Nursing - Students may be asked to interview someone in a leadership role in the community.
  • NURS 4906: Community Health Nursing and NURS 4908: RN to BSN Practice Experience Capstone - Students will be required to complete practice experiences as specified by course activities.

Download the RN to BSN curriculum plan.

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Contact Us
Director of RN to BSN Option
3164 Health Sciences Building
Greenville, NC 27858-4353

Faculty and Staff Contacts
Becky Jordan