Accelerated Bachelors Degree in Nursing RN to BSN

  • Overview

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

    Because 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.

    But 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
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    WPU's BSN Program is designed to help you advance your career at your own pace within a community of nursing learners.
  • Courses

    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 (BSN) at William Peace University (SPS only).

    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 3
    NSG 301: Health Assessment 3
    NSG 303: Healthcare Informatics 3
    NSG 310: Research and Evidence-Based Practice 4
    NSG 325: Culture and Health 3
    NSG 402: Community Health 4
    NSG 405: Healthcare Management & Quality 3
    NSG 410: Nursing Leadership and Management 4
    NSG 425: Nursing Ethics 3
    Total Credit Hours in Nursing Courses 30


  • Faculty
    Lisa Bonner, Ph.D.
    Department Chair of Science and Mathematics; ​Professor of Biology
    WPU professor, Kobie Leiper.
    Assistant Professor of Nursing, RN to BSN Program Director
  • Careers

    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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  • FAQ
    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.
“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
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