Accelerated RN to BSN Program

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  • Accelerated:

    6 start dates, 7 & 14 week classes

    Class Options:

    Online, On-Campus, or On-Site


    Up to 90 transfer credits

    Your path to earning your Bachelor of Science in Nursing has never been easier.

    Choose between 100% Online RN to BSN or Hybrid.

    Beginning Summer 2021, we will be offering 100% online delivery—the flexibility of choice for working nurses.

    Elevate your Nursing Career with degree completion in as little as 12-months with an accelerated and flexible RN to BSN Program with William Peace University.

    It’s more than a degree on your wall; it’s hard-core, life-changing expertise. Our partnerships with healthcare organizations like Wake Med, Duke University Health SystemUNC Rex Healthcare  and UNC Physicians Network will give you critical, practical, and hands-on practice experiences in leadership, research, public health and caregiving.

    This comprehensive, accelerated program is open to registered nurses across specializations with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (with a current, valid RN license in North Carolina). Qualifying applicants may be eligible to transfer up to 90 credits to the program. Credits can be in core courses electives, and/or nursing-related courses.

    BSN Student Handbook 23-24

    Please note: You must have an RN to register for 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.

    Reduced Tuition Rates

    Nurses at the Department of Public Safety, Duke University Health System, Randolph Health, UNC Health Rex, UNC Physicians Network, and WakeMed Health & Hospitals and graduates of the Wake Technical Community College Associate Degree Nursing program will pay a discounted tuition rate of $198/per credit hour for the Nursing courses and $315/per credit hour for general education/elective courses.

    The WPU RN to BSN Program offers Nursing students:

    • Earn a BSN in as few as 12 months
    • Six start dates throughout the year
    • Flexible, 100% online degree or hybrid class schedules and learning options (online, on campus and on-site)
    • Build a personalized track, with part-time and full-time options
    • Valuable discounts for Wake Med, UNC Rex Healthcare, and UNC Physicians Network employees
    • One on one advising and coaching

    Learn more.

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

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    RN-to-BSN Information Session

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    Career Success with a BSN Degree

    The nursing profession is a consistently reliable and fulfilling career path. Very few jobs have the security, opportunity, and stability to weather any economic challenges like nursing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing is projected to grow much faster than average as an occupation through 2028. Think about it: what other career delivers job offers to nursing school students months prior to graduation? 

    Nationally, the average salary for someone holding a BSN degree is $79,624. ZipRecruiter is reports annual salaries as high as $113,829.

    The American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) most recent 2019 report found that the number of BSN-prepared nurses is at an all-time high of 56% of all RNs. And according to a 2019 survey by Medscape, there was a pretty big difference in pay between RNs who had their Bachelor’s degrees and those who did not, regardless of whether they earned it through a BSN online program or a more traditional BSN program.

    What Can I Do With a BSN?

    While this list isn’t an all-encompassing, it will give you an idea of a typical set of responsibilities for a nurse with a BSN:

    • Develop nursing care treatment plans
    • Treat patients for illnesses, injuries, and other medical conditions to positively impact patient outcomes
    • Provide support to patients and their families in coping with a specific illness or medical condition
    • Educate patients—and the public at large—about how to improve their health habits
    • Supervise other nurses and assign hospital tasks based on patient care plans
    • Administer medications and injections
    • Assist doctors during surgeries or major procedures
    • Perform routine lab work
    • Assist in case management

    Nurses with their BSN can also continue their schooling in an MSN program, eventually becoming a nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist.

    Where Can I Work?

    • Private medical and surgical hospitals: 48% of nurses work in private hospitals. In this setting, you’ll treat a broad spectrum of illnesses and injuries. Some of the most common areas nurses are needed are surgery, the maternity ward and the emergency room.
    • Physicians’ offices: Working in a physicians’ office generally means less emergency situations and better regularity in hours. Nurses’ duties in a physicians’ 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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    1. Why should I get a bachelor’s degree in nursing?

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

    2. What are the admission eligibility criteria for the RN to BSN program?

      • A current unrestricted nursing license to practice as an RN, either diploma or associate’s degree.
      • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.0 or higher.
      • All students must be proficient in speaking, reading, and writing in English.

    For more information about courses, contact admissions at

    3. How many credits do I need for the RN to BSN program at WPU, and how can I get them?

    • A total of 120 credits are needed to earn a bachelor’s degree. These 120 credits
      consist of 1) at least 30 credits of nursing coursework from your associate degree
      in nursing or diploma, 2) up to 58 hours of General Education/Elective credits taken
      at WPU or transferred in, and 3) 32 credits of WPU BSN nursing courses.
      Up to 88 credit hours may be transferred in. Please note that WPU requires
      official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended prior to admission to the
      program. If you completed your nursing education internationally, we require
      international transcripts to be converted to the US equivalency using the World
      Education Service ( or Educational Credential Evaluators
      ( Additional fees apply.
      If you already have a bachelor’s degree in another area, you are only required to
      take Statistics and the 32 credits of WPU BSN nursing courses.

    4. Is there a time limit on transfer of credit to WPU?

    • 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(s) are equivalent to the course(s) offered at William Peace University and
      are applicable to the RN to BSN program (either as general education
      requirements or electives).

    5. When can I begin the RN to BSN program?

    • The School of Professional Studies offers multiple start dates per year. The BSN
      Nursing classes start in August and January.

    6. How quickly can I earn the BSN at WPU?

    • 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 your desired

    7. Is this program available via distance education/online?

    • Yes, we have a 100% online coursework or hybrid option. The hybrid option is
      available for two Nursing Courses and these courses meet approximately 3-5
      times during the semester.

    8. For the hybrid courses, on what days and where do the nursing classes meet?

    • Classes will meet on Thursday afternoons and/or evenings and will meet either in
      classrooms on the WPU campus or at partner locations. All class locations will be central to Raleigh.

    9. How do I prepare for enrollment in this program?

    • Apply Here
    • 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, 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.

    10. What are the clinical/practicum requirements?

    • Two (2) of the WPU BSN nursing courses have a clinical component which will be
      completed by doing direct and indirect clinical hours. Simulated experiences may
      also be included. You may be able to complete your clinical hours at your place of employment.

    11. Is support available?

    • The School of Professional Studies team is very accessible and ready to help you
      through your educational journey. An Academic Success Coach serves as
      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, study skills), and coaching.
    • The WPU Tutoring Center provides tutoring in the general education courses.
      Tutoring is available in person and virtually.

    12. I’ve decided I want to pursue my BSN with WPU. What is my next step?

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

    It is free to apply to WPU. Once you are accepted and decide to enroll, a $50 non-
    refundable deposit is required to confirm your admission. The $50 deposit will be applied to your first semester’s tuition.

    Dr. Erica L. Jastrow has over 20 years of experience as a Registered Nurse and over 15 years of experience in Higher Education. She received a BSN from Lenoir Rhyne University and then earned a Master’s Degree in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Education from UNC-Greensboro. In 2019, she completed a Doctor of Education degree with an emphasis in Higher Education Leadership from Grand Canyon University. Erica lives in Oxford, NC with her husband, children, and two barn cats. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, reading, and doing outdoor activities.

    See Dr. Erica Jastrow full bio


    +Application process

    Admission Criteria

    • A current unrestricted North Carolina RN license or unrestricted RN license in a state covered by the multi-state Nurse License Compact. 
    • An Associate Degree or Diploma in nursing from an accredited college or university.
    • Fully completed and submitted application found here. 
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended.


    Copies of: 

    • Current Curriculum Vitae/Resume
    • CPR certification

    Enrollment Deposit:

    • One-time $50 payment to be applied to 1st semester tuition

    +Tuition and Financial Aid

    Tuition, Fees, and Financial aid

    What are the costs?

    WPU has reduced Tuition Cost for the RN to BSN program! Hospital Partnership employees and non-partner students benefit from these discounts.

    • Employees of WakeMed, Rex Hospital, and UNC Physician Network receive additional savings. 
    • The application fee is waived to our School of Professional Studies (SPS) students. 
    • There is a $45 comprehensive fee per semester. 
    • Upon admission into the nursing program it is required of the student to pay a $50 non-refundable deposit. The deposit is applied to first semester tuition.
    • Textbooks may be purchased (or rented at discounted rates) at the WPU Bookstore.

    Potential Miscellaneous costs: CastleBranch, Rotation Manager, Urine drug screen, Background check, and immunizations. 

    Interested in Financial Aid?

    Complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

    "The support that each student receives in the RN to BSN program is unmatched! We pride ourselves on being responsive to prospective and current students so that each student can successfully complete the program and earn their BSN."

    Dr. Erica L. Jastrow

    Assistant Professor of Nursing, RN to BSN Program Director

    "I’ll be honest, if it were not for the staff at WPU, I would be putting my BSN off for the 10th year in a row..."

    Jason Wilson


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