Accelerated Bachelors Degree in Nursing RN to BSN

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  • Accelerated:

    6 start dates, 7 & 14 week classes

    Class Options:

    Online, On-Campus, or On-Site


    Only RN-to-BSN in the Triangle area

    Your path to becoming an established nurse has never been clearer, simpler or faster.

    We offer the only program in the Triangle to move you from an RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing. All in as little as a year.

    It’s more than a degree on your wall–it’s hard-core, life-changing expertise. Our partnerships with Wake Med and UNC Rex Healthcare will give you critical practical and hands-on experience in leadership, research and caregiving.

    This comprehensive, accelerated program is open to registered nurses 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.

    The WPU RN to BSN Program offers:

    • Earn a BSN in as few as 12 months
    • Six start dates throughout the year
    • Flexible, hybrid class schedules and learning options (online, on campus and on-site)
    • Build a personalized track, with part-time and full-time options
    • 25% discount for Wake Med & UNC Rex Healthcare employees
    • Cost: $450/credit hour


    Oct 22

    Tuesday | 4:00 pm

    RN to BSN Information Session

    Nursing (RN to BSN)

    The RN to BSN program is for registered nurses who hold an Associate’s Degree or Diploma in nursing, with a grade of C or better in all prior courses, and a current valid RN license in the State of North Carolina. Earning a BSN can help a registered nurse broaden their understanding of nursing practice, expand their potential career opportunities, and help meet the Institute of Medicine’s goal that 80% of registered nurses hold a bachelor’s degree by 2020.

    Nursing is offered as a major (BS) at William Peace University (SPS only). NSG courses are restricted to students registered in the RN to BSN program.

    BSN Curriculum
    Credit Hours
    Liberal Education Requirements 60
    Associate or Diploma Nursing Courses 30
    Nursing Requirements
    NSG 300: Professional Role Transition
    This course examines the evolution of professional nursing, the health care system, and health care trends influencing nursing practice. This course explores functions, interdisciplinary relationships, and the future role of professional nursing.
    NSG 301: Health Assessment
    This course examines holistic health assessment of culturally diverse clients cross the lifespan. It includes comprehensive health assessment and communication of health assessment findings. The course engages students in clinical reasoning to safely and accurately performance a health assessment.
    NSG 303: Healthcare Informatics
    This course explores the use of informatics in nursing practice and its role in delivering safe and quality care. The course integrates nursing science with computer technology and information science to identify, gather, process, and manage information.
    NSG 310: Research and Evidence-Based Practice
    Prerequisite: MAT 201
    This course will utilize prior knowledge of inquiry and introduce the nursing research process, theory, and methods for making informed decisions in nursing practice. The aim of this course is to promote the role of the nurse as a consumer of research and evidence-based practice. This course expands upon the role of the nurse as an advocate of evidence-based research throughout the utilization of health information technology.
    NSG 325: Culture and Health
    This course focuses on how cultural beliefs influence health decisions and shape the health and health-related issues of cultures. Emphasis is placed on the development of cultural awareness and competence of healthcare workers in their interactions with non-Western cultures.
    NSG 402: Community Health
    This course focuses on nursing management of culturally diverse individuals, families, and aggregates within communities. There is an emphasis on health promotion, risk reduction, population-based care and epidemiology. The practicum experience in the course provides the student the opportunity to gain additional theoretical knowledge and to apply community health nursing concepts and principles. Learning experiences are individualized and guided by a selected a preceptor and course faculty.
    NSG 405: Healthcare Management & Quality
    This course explores the U.S. healthcare system, including policies, financial, legal, and regulatory organizations. In addition, national efforts in performance measures, financial incentives, quality improvement, and satisfaction are discussed. The impact of these healthcare issues and initiatives on nursing practice and healthcare policy are addressed.
    NSG 410: Nursing Leadership and Management
    This course focuses on the concepts of nursing leadership and management essential to effectively lead individuals, groups, and organizations. This course includes principles of group dynamics, organizational behavior, concepts of conflict management, change theory, and basic management functions. The practicum portion of the course, with faculty and preceptor guidance, gives the student opportunity to identify an area for improvement in their practice setting.
    NSG 425: Nursing Ethics
    This course analyzes professional ethical issues with ensuing nursing dilemmas integrating the factors of professional laws/standards, personal ethical stance, social, spiritual, transcultural, economic, institutional, and political climate. Emphasis is given to the resolution of ethical dilemmas through ethical reasoning and ethical and legal obligations in professional patient relationships.
    Total Credit Hours in Nursing Courses 30


    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.
    • Keep in mind that a BSN is essential if you ever want to get out of basic clinical care. Many nurses do not want to be working the floor when they are 60 years old. They want to move into administration or teaching. This is possible only with a BSN or higher degree.
    • RNs with a diploma usually learn just the basics of clinical care. 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.


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

    What Can I do With a BSN?

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

    • Developing nursing care treatment plans
    • Treating patients for illnesses, injuries, and other medical condition
    • 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 assign hospital tasks based on patient care plans
    • Administering medications and injections
    • Assisting doctors during surgeries or major procedures
    • Performing routine lab work

    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 in 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 a RN, either diploma or associate’s degree.
    • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.0 or higher.
    3. How many credits do I need for the RN to BSN program at WPU, and how can I get them?
    • 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).
    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 or courses are similar to a course or courses offered at William Peace University and are applicable to a William Peace University degree program.
    5. When can I begin the RN to BSN program?
    • The School of Professional Studies offers six start dates a year: August, October, January, March, May, and June. Liberal education courses may be started at any of these times during the academic year. It is recommended to have the majority of liberal education courses completed prior to 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.
    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 the student’s pace of study.
    7. Is this program available via distance (online) education?
    • This is a hybrid program. Some nursing courses will be completely online (fully asynchronous) while some will be hybrid and will meet a few times during the semester.
    8. On what days and where do the nursing classes meet?
    • 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.
    9. How do I prepare for 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 required nursing courses?
    Course Delivery
    NSG 300 Professional Role Transition (3) Online/7 weeks
    NSG 301 Health Assessment (3) Hybrid/14 weeks/meet 6-7x
    NSG 303 Healthcare Informatics (3) Online/7weeks
    NSG 310  Research and EBP (4) Hybrid/14 weeks/meet 6x
    NSG 325 Culture and Health (3) Online/7weeks
    NSG 402 Community Health (4) Hybrid/14weeks/meet 3x
    NSG 405 Healthcare Management and Quality (3) Online/7weeks
    NSG 410 Nursing Leadership and Management (4) Hybrid/14 weeks/meet 3x
    NSG 425 Nursing Ethics (3) Online/7weeks
    11. What are the clinical/practicum requirements?
    • To meet educational and accreditation requirements, RN to BSN students are required to do 126 clinical hours, which will be completed by doing direct and indirect hours. Simulated experiences may also be included.
    • Prior to clinical courses, all required documents (e.g. background, drug tests, and immunizations) must be completed.
      Note:  This applies only to students from non-partnered health systems.
    • Students may complete some of their clinical hours at their place of employment.
    12. What are the costs?
    • Tuition is $450 per credit hour.
    • There is a 25% tuition discount ($337.50) for our WakeMed and Rex Hospital Partners.
    • The application fee is waived to our School of Professional Studies (SPS) students.
    • There is a $45 comprehensive fee per semester.
    • Textbooks may be rented at discounted rates via the WPU Bookstore.
    13. 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 liberal education courses. Tutoring is available in person and virtually.
    14. 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.

    WPU professor, Kobie Leiper.Dr. Leiper was born and raised in South Africa. She worked as a registered nurse in South Africa, Britain and the United States of America. Dr. Leiper settled into an academic career in 2005 when she joined the faculty at UNC Greensboro. She joined the William Peace family in 2018 to launch the RN to BSN program. Leiper has completed the Academic Nurse Educator Certification Program, a mark of distinction for nursing faculty from the National League of Nursing.

    See Dr. Leiper’s full bio

    Oct 22

    Tuesday | 4:00 pm

    RN to BSN Information Session


    +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

    +Transfer Credit Information

    Transfer Criteria

    • Transfer courses require a grade of a “C-” or better to transfer. 
    • Students may transfer up to 90 credit hours: 
      • 30cr prior nursing courses will be awarded after completion of first semester.
      • Up to 60cr Liberal Education may be transferred to WPU.
    • No expiration time on transferred courses. 
    • Students may also take needed Liberal Education courses at William Peace University.
    • Students may transfer up to 7.5 credit hours of equivalent nursing courses from other RN-BSN programs. 
    • WPU Liberal Education Requirements: See Liberal Education Course List
      • COM 101: Public Speaking (3)
      • ENG 112: Composition course (3)
      • One 200 level Writing about Literature course (3)
      • ENG 314: Professional Writing (3)
      • *MAT 201: Statistics (3)
      • PSY 221: Life-span Development Psychology (3)
      • One History or Political Science course (3)
      • One Humanities or Fine Art course (3)
      • Two additional Critical Thinking about Culture and Society courses (6)
      • General Electives (30)
    • North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) RN to BSN Articulation Agreement applies to students who have entered a community college nursing program on or after Fall semester 2015.The courses listed in the 5-block plan will be accepted for transfer. See NCICU Articulation Agreement

    *Statistics is the only requirement, in addition to nursing courses, for student with a baccalaureate degree.


    • All students are required to meet the University requirement of 120 hours for graduation. 
    • Students must take 30 credit hours or more at Peace to get a degree from WPU.
    • Liberal Education courses may be taken while taking nursing courses. 
    • Taking a Statistics course prior to entering the program or as soon as possible is advantageous in order to progress with nursing courses.

    +Tuition and Financial Aid

    Tuition, Fees, and Financial aid

    What are the costs?
    • Tuition is $450 per credit hour.
    • There is a 25% tuition discount ($337.50) for our WakeMed and Rex Hospital Partners. 
    • 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)

    "Our RN to BSN program is committed to providing a quality education that values professional growth and excellence in patient care."

    Kobie Leiper, Ph.D.

    Asst. 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


    Mission, Vision and Values

    William Peace University’s RN to BSN program mission is to advance the education of registered nurses by enhancing their leadership and critical inquiry skills to promote professional growth and development.

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