Professional Studies

Online RN to BSN Program (BSN)

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Erica Jastrow
Assistant Professor of Nursing and Department Chair of Nursing
Go from RN to BSN: Our accelerated high-touch program allows you to complete your degree on your terms. It’s more than a degree on your wall; it’s hard-core, life-changing expertise.

Get Your RN to BSN at William Peace University:

  • Choose between 100% Online RN to BSN or Hybrid.
  • Degree completion in as little as 12 months.
  • Part-time and full-time schedules.
  • Open to registered nurses across specializations with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (with a current, valid RN license in North Carolina).
  • Transfer up to 90 credits!
  • One-on-one advising and coaching.
  • Partnerships with healthcare organizations will give you critical, practical, and hands-on practice experiences in leadership, research, public health, and caregiving.
  • Reduced Tuition rates – Saving you as much as $4,000 on nursing courses.
  • If you are an RN and have a B.A. or B.S., the path to a BSN is even easier! You’ll only need the Nursing courses and Statistics. Ask your Admissions Counselor for details.

Your career. Your choice. You’re in control.

Please note: You must have an RN license to enroll in this program.

Todos los estudiantes deben hablar, escribir y leer en inglés a un nivel competente para poder ser admitidos en el programa RN to BSN.

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RN-to-BSN Tuition Information

RN-to-BSN Tuition Information

General Ed Courses with Partner Discount: $315
General Ed Courses without Partner Discount: $350
Nursing Courses (with Partner Discount) – $198
Nursing Courses (without Partner Discount) – $220
Comprehensive Fee – $45 per term
Parking – Free

General Ed Courses with Partner Discount: $315
General Ed Courses without Partner Discount: $350
Nursing Courses (with Partner Discount) – $198
Nursing Courses (without Partner Discount) – $220
Comprehensive Fee – $55 per term
Parking – Free


Why is Getting My BSN Important?

The field of nursing is a quickly growing field; the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that registered nurse employment will increase by 19% from 2012-22.

Earning your BSN eventually is the smartest thing you can do for your nursing career. Why? has just released 2014 data that shows there are major salary difference between people with an RN and a BSN. The RN will earn a median of $39,100, and a BSN holder will earn more than $69,000. 

A BSN is essential if you ever want to get out of basic clinical care. Many nurses do not want to work the floor when they are 60. If you want to move into administration or teaching, a BSN or higher degree
will get you there. As a BSN holder, you will have learned much more – communication, critical thinking and leadership skills. These are essential skills if you want to move into higher-paying jobs with more responsibility. 

According to a recent study by, in a study of 187,000* nurse job posts over three months, an RN diploma was eligible for 51% of positions, while a person with a BSN was eligible for 88%. Further, the study showed that the mean salary for a BSN holder was $10,000 higher.

*Source: (analysis of nurse job postings, 4/25/2013-7/21/2013)

Job Responsibilities with a BSN Degree

  • Developing nursing care treatment plans
  • Treating patients for illnesses, injuries, and other medical conditions
  • Providing support to patients and their families in coping with a specific illness or medical condition
  • Educating patients—and the public at large—about how to improve their health habits
  • Supervising other nurses and assigning hospital tasks based on patient care plans
  • Administering medications and injections
  • Assisting doctors during surgeries or major procedures
  • Performing routine lab work

Career Options for a BSN Degree

  • Private medical and surgical hospitals: 48% of nurses work in private hospitals. You’ll treat a broad spectrum of illnesses and injuries in this setting. Some of the most common areas nurses are needed are in surgery, the maternity ward, and the emergency room.
  • Physicians’ offices: Working in a physician’s office generally means fewer emergency situations and better regularity in hours. Nurses’ duties in a physician’s office include prepping patients, overseeing records, and giving injections.
  • Public medical and surgical hospitals: Public hospitals are now less common in the U.S., so fewer nurses are employed there. Working in a public hospital includes assisting in the maternity ward and emergency room, as well as keeping patient records and administering medications.
  • Home health care services: You’ll work to make sure your patient receives the medication and care that he or she needs. Patients might be children with medical needs that their parents can’t meet, or they might be adults who are unable to care for themselves.
  • Nursing care facilities: Nurse duties in these facilities may include providing elderly patient care, including bathing and assisting in daily activities. Other nursing care facilities provide rehabilitation care for patients who were recently released from the hospitals.


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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at William Peace University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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If you are employed by these organizations, you qualify for partner tuition discounts.

When I applied to the RN to BSN program at WPU, I was relieved to hear that I did not need any pre-requisite courses because I already hold another bachelor’s degree. The idea of only taking the BSN nursing classes was ideal. I am almost finished with the courses now, and I do not think I would be here if I had had to take many other general education courses before starting the program. Among many other benefits, no pre-reqs was a big selling point for me to come to WPU!

Lindsay Kelvington, RN-to-BSN Graduate

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Apply (Select SPS Application)
  • Gather all your educational records and transcripts.
  • If interested in financial aid for assistance in paying for the program, complete a FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • Mobilize your spouses, family, and friends to be your support system.
  • Prepare to reorganize your commitments and other activities to open up time to accommodate your new academic endeavors.
  • Hone your computer skills, e.g., how to use Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.
  • Gather proof of nursing licensure, CPR, TB, and other immunizations.
  • Be prepared to do a background and drug test (and catch up on outdated immunizations) prior to taking clinical nursing courses.
  • 120 credit hours are needed to complete a Bachelor’s degree program.
  • The 120 total hours consist of 1) 30 hours of nursing course work from your associate nursing degree or diploma, 2) 60 hours Liberal Education hours taken at WPU or transferred in, and 3) 30 hours of WPU upper division nursing courses.
  • Up to 90 credit hours may be transferred in (30 prior nursing and 60 Liberal education).

The nursing curriculum can be completed in as little as 12 months. The length of time depends on the number of credit hours transferred in and the student’s pace of study.


Congratulations! The first step is to APPLY or contact admissions at to determine your eligibility.


The School of Professional Studies team is very accessible and ready to help you through your educational journey.  An Academic Success Coach serves as an academic advisor and provides support and referrals. All students have access to the Center for Student Success, including tutoring, academic-focused workshops (e.g., time management and study skills), and coaching. The WPU Tutoring Center provides tutoring in general education courses. Tutoring is available in person and virtually.


Courses taken at regionally accredited higher education institutions where a grade of C- or higher was earned will be accepted for transfer credit provided the course or courses are similar to those offered at William Peace University and apply to a William Peace University degree program.


Yes, the program is offered online.

  • Classes will meet on Thursday afternoons and/or evenings depending on the course combinations.
  • Classes will meet either in classrooms at WPU’s partner hospitals, WakeMed and Rex Hospital, or on the WPU campus. All classrooms are located in central Raleigh.
  • A current unrestricted nursing license to practice as a RN, either diploma or associate’s degree.
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • To meet educational and accreditation requirements, students are required to complete clinical practices experiences. These include direct and indirect clinical hours. Please speak with the program director for more information.
  • NSG 302 BSN Role Transition & Assessment (4 credits) – Online/7-weeks
  • NSG 303 Healthcare Informatics (4 credits) – Online/7-weeks
  • NSG 310 Research & EBP (4 credits) – Online/7-weeks
  • NSG 325 Culture & Health (4 credits) – Online/7-weeks
  • NSG 405 Healthcare Quality & Management (4 credits) – Online/7-weeks
  • NSG 425 Nursing Ethics (4 credits)- Online/7-weeks
  • NSG 402 Community & Population Health (4 credits) – Online or Hybrid/14-weeks
  • NSG 410 Leadership & Management (4 credits) – Online or Hybrid/14-weeks

The School of Professional Studies offers six start dates a year: August, October, January, March, May, and June. General education courses may be started at any of these times during the academic year. It is recommended to have most general education courses completed before starting your nursing courses. Although students may start nursing courses at any time, it is recommended to start in the Spring (January) or Fall (August) to simplify the sequencing of the nursing courses. Your advisor will help you create a course plan.

  • Many hospitals require a BSN for continued employment.
  • A BSN is a requirement for many nursing roles, especially in leadership and advanced nursing.
  • A BSN based in liberal studies will provide you with an educational background similar to that of other health professions.
  • A BSN will promote your personal and professional growth, development, and fulfillment.