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Nursing, RN-to-BSN, B.S.N.

All program-level Admissions and Progression Requirements are in addition to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Admission Requirements .

Admission Requirements

Registered nurses seeking admission to the RN-to-BSN curriculum who need to complete nursing prerequisites and/or General Education courses may apply for admission as a Pre-RN-to-BSN student.  Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on all college work attempted.  Admission as a Pre-RN-to-BSN student does not automatically admit an applicant to the RN-to-BSN Program.


  • First year students are not eligible for this major.


  • See University Admission Requirements  
  • Minimum GPA:  2.0
  • Completion of all General Education requirements
  • Pre-Major/Prerequisite Courses: Applicants must complete nursing prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C and General Education requirements by the end of the semester of application to the RN-to-BSN Completion program.

Degree Requirements

All General Education and nursing prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the semester preceding the semester for which the application is made. 

General Education & Prerequisite Courses (31-32 credit hours)

Some required Prerequisite Courses meet General Education requirements. Also required are critical thinking, local theme, and global theme courses.  For details on required courses, refer to the General Education Program and review transfer policies.  Students in this major should plan on taking the following courses that meet general education, prerequisite, and major requirements.

Prerequisites for Participation in Clinical Experiences

Immunization and Health Status

All RN-to-BSN students must meet the University’s immunization and health status requirements.

Professional Liability Insurance

All students must show proof of professional liability insurance for a Registered Nurse (RN).

Universal Precautions

All students must successfully complete a College computer-based exam on universal precautions each year of the professional program.

Drug Testing and Criminal Background Checks

To comply with clinical agency requirements, students in the nursing program may be required to undergo drug testing and have a criminal background check before being allowed to participate in clinical experiences. Students are responsible for the cost of drug testing and criminal background checks.

Requirements for Progression in the Nursing Program

The Progression Policy for upper-division nursing students is included in the School of Nursing handbooks, which are available online at nursing.uncc.edu under “Student Resources.”

No course in the Nursing major can be taken as transient study. Transfer credit for nursing courses will be considered on an individual basis.

Restricted Elective Course (3 credit hours)

Select one nursing elective course approved by the School of Nursing.  The following course meets this requirement.  To request another course to fulfill this requirement, contact the RN-to-BSN Coordinator for approval.

Unrestricted Elective Courses

As needed to complete the credit hours required for graduation.

Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours

Progression Requirements

All Nursing major courses must be completed with a grade of C or above.  Students must also have a minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.

Admission to Upper Division

Students seeking admission to the RN to BSN Completion program must have completed a nursing program and be licensed as a Registered Nurse with an unencumbered license. 

Special Policies or Requirements

Once admitted to the RN-to-BSN completion curriculum:

  • Students must have prerequisite computer knowledge in using e-mail, word processing (create/save/open/retrieve), file management, editing, formatting, and using an internet browser (search and navigate).  The RN-to-BSN nursing curriculum is currently offered through a totally web-based format (through Distance Education).  The format is 10 courses and 31 credit hours in length.
  • All students must meet the University’s immunization and health status requirements.
  • All students must show proof of professional liability insurance for a Registered Nurse (RN).

Honors Program

For details about the Honors Program in Nursing, visit the program page .

North Carolina Articulation Agreement

The University of North Carolina RN to BSN programs and the NC Community college system have approved an articulation agreement for nursing students to complete their degrees.