Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) - RN-to-BSN Completion Curriculum


The RN-to-B.S.N. completion curriculum provides the associate degree or diploma-prepared registered nurse (RN) an opportunity to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (B.S.N.). The curriculum is designed to enhance and advance the student's professional nursing career.

Once prerequisites and general education courses are completed, the RN-to-B.S.N. curriculum is 31 hours in length and can be completed within one calendar year. 

* We offer a Distance Education online program (fall and spring admission)

The Distance Education option provides all 31 hours of the nursing curriculum as online courses (special hardware and software requirements for students).  In addition to the Program's prerequisite courses and the nursing courses, students must meet all of the University's general education requirements to earn the B.S.N.. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (B.S.N.) requires the number of credit hours determined by the catalog year in which a student enrolls. Students entering the program in fall 2019, are required to complete 120 hours. Students enrolled before fall 2019, must still complete 122 credit hours. 


Admission Requirements

Registered nurses seeking admission to the curriculum who need to complete nursing prerequisites and/or general education courses may apply for admission to the Pre-RN-to-B.S.N. Completion Curriculum. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. Admission to Pre-RN-to-B.S.N. does not automatically admit an applicant to the RN-to-B.S.N. Completion Curriculum. Additional application to the School of Nursing is necessary.(Admission decisions are made by the School of Nursing. Applicants are competitively reviewed for admission based on their prerequisite GPA. 

Two applications are required for admission:



Criteria for admission are:

  • A current unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse.
  • A grade point average of 2.0 or better in all college courses which are eligible for transfer to UNC Charlotte.
  • At least a "C" in all required nursing prerequisites.
  • Completion of all prerequisites, and general education courses by the end of the semester prior to the semester for which the application is made.
  • Additional consideration is given to students with a previous bachelor’s or master’s degree, previous UNC Charlotte course credit, and current work experience as a registered nurse.

Distance Education students need extended access to the Internet and a computer that meets current Technical Specifications.

Recommended process for potential UNC Charlotte students:

  1. Email copy of transcripts (unofficial accepted) to evaluate previous course work and plan of study start date.
  2. Complete UNC Charlotte School of Nursing RN-to-B.S.N. Completion Program application.
  3. Prior to enrolling in RN-to-B.S.N. program courses all students must have the following:
    a. Current unencumbered license to practice as a RN in the United States.
    b. Liability insurance.
    c. Meet University Immunization and Health Requirements.
    d. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater in AAS degree coursework.
  4. Complete UNC Charlotte transfer student undergraduate application.

Each applicant must apply via a two-step process.

  1. Apply to the University (Apply online from "Transfer student" site and submit to Undergraduate Admissions office along with one official transcript from all higher education institutions attended and one official transcript from high school.)
  2. Enroll in the Pre-RN-to-B.S.N. curriculum if necessary, in order to complete degree requirements and nursing prerequisites.
  3. Apply to the RN-to-B.S.N. Completion Program when nursing prerequisites and general education courses have been completed. All courses must be completed or be in progress prior to consideration of the application.
  4. Returning students to UNC Charlotte should contact the Registrar's Office for readmission process.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 120-122 semester hours according to admitted catalog year, with the last 31 hours to be earned at UNC Charlotte. See the Curriculum for the suggested course of study.
  • Complete all courses required by the University and the School of Nursing program.
  • Achieve a grade of "C" or better in all required courses. Refer to School of Nursing Progression Policy.
  • In clinical courses, achieve at least a "C" in the class and a satisfactory in the clinical component.
  • Maintain at least an overall 2.0 grade point average.

Prerequisites for RN-to-B.S.N. Completion Curriculum

  • UWRT 1101- English Composition (3 credits)
  • PSYC 1101 - General Psychology (3 credits)
  • CHEM 1203 or 1251 - General Chemistry or Principles of Chemistry (3 credits)
  • CHEM 1203L or 1251L - Chemistry Laboratory (1 credit)
  • MATH 1100 - College Algebra and Probability (3 credits)
  • BIOL 2259 - Bacteriology (Microbiology) (3 credits)
  • BIOL 2259L - Bacteriology Laboratory (1 credit)
  • BIOL 2273 - Human Anatomy and Physiology (3 credits) or KNES 2273
  • BIOL 2273L - Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory (1 credit) or KNES 2273L
  • SOCY 1101 - Introduction to Sociology or ANTH 1101 - Introduction to Anthropology (3 credits)
  • BIOL 2274 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3 credits) or KNES 2274
  • BIOL 2274L - Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory (1 credit) or KNES 2274L
  • STAT 1220, STAT 1221, or STAT 1222 - Statistics (3 credits)
  • Electives (6 credits)

General Education Requirements

  • LBST 1100- Arts and society
  • LBST 2101- Western culture
  • LBST 2102- Global understanding
  • LBST 2200- Ethical and cultural critique
  • UWRT 1102-Writing in the academic community

Check the Transfer Credit Advisor and determine if you have completed the appropriate classes at other schools here.

Distance Education RN to BSN Completion Program

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.

Additionally, you can review the Five Block Degree Plan to see how this plan aligns with the specific requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at the University of North Carolina Charlotte.

RN-to-B.S.N. Completion Curriculum

  • NURN 3103 - Concepts of Professional Nursing Science (3 credits). Admitted students will be awarded 39 university credit hours upon successful completion of NURN 3103.
  • NURN 3108 - Health Assessment for Nurses (3 credits)
  • NURN 4100 - Aging and Health (3 credits) (OI)
  • NURN 4201 - Information Technology: Applications in Health Care (2 credits)
  • NURN 4203 - Leadership in Nursing Practice (2 credits)
  • NURN 4440* - Community Health Nursing (6 credits)
  • NURN 4450* - Design and Coordination of Care for Nurses (6 credits) (WI)
  • NURN 4900 - Research in Nursing Practice (2 credits)
  • Nursing Elective - this course is offered through the School of Nursing.
  • NURN 3104 - Issues in Cultural Health (1 credit)

* Clinical Courses

Application Instructions


Program Option -  Distance Education (online)
Admittance Semester - Spring Semester
Application Deadline to University - November 15
Application Deadline to School of Nursing - November 1
Non-Nursing Courses Completed - Fall Semester prior to admission

Program Option - Distance Education (online)
Admittance Semester - Fall Semester
Application Deadline to University - June 15
Application Deadline to School of Nursing - June 1
Non-Nursing Courses Completed - Summer Semester prior to admission

Contact for Additional Information

Office of Student Services
College of Health and Human Services
UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001

Justin Pascucci, DNP, RN, CMSRN
School of Nursing
College of Health and Human Services

Susan Lynch, PhD, RN, CNE, Associate Director for Undergraduate Programs
School of Nursing Undergraduate Division
College of Health and Human Services