The Nursing (RN to BSN) degree at Appalachian State University is a part-time, degree completion program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). It is designed for students who have earned an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Diploma in Nursing from a hospital program, and hold an unencumbered and unrestricted RN license to practice nursing in North Carolina or a compact state. The RN to BSN program provides the academic knowledge and skills necessary to advance in the nursing field and/or pursue graduate study in nursing.
The Appalachian State University RN to BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Appalachian’s nursing program offers a broad, in-depth curriculum built on the study of arts, humanities, mathematics, natural and social sciences, and standards for professional nursing practice. Graduates serve their community by applying research and principles of education in their practice of nursing.
Employment: Students who graduate and successfully pass the NCLEX-RN examination can pursue nursing careers in a variety of areas including pediatrics, neonatal, neurology, cardiology, anesthesiology and many others. Some areas may require additional training and specialization.
Graduate School: A master’s degree will help to prepare for advanced practice nursing including clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist and administrative roles.
Students take 62 hours in English composition, humanities/fine arts, social/behaviorial sciences, mathematics and natural sciences, anatomy, microbiology and pscyhology, plus 60 hours in the major.
Major courses include:
- Nursing Informatics
- Concepts of Professional Nursing
- Health Assessment
- Nursing Care of Older Adults
- Nursing Care of Communities
- Nursing Leadership and Management
- Professional Nursing
- Nursing Research
A minor is not required.
Appalachian is committed to introducing students to different cultures and teaching them how to live and interact in a global society. Each year, Nursing students participate in a study abroad program in Mexico.
Admission is contingent on students who have already earned an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Diploma in Nursing from a hospital program, and hold an unencumbered and unrestricted RN license to practice nursing in North Carolina. A complete list of requirements is detailed here.
- Appalachian’s RN to BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
- The Nursing program actively seeks to advance students’ cultural, intellectual and personal development for continued professional practice as registered nurses.
- Faculty members are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.
- The program instills in students an appreciation for and commitment to lifelong learning, scholarship and service in order to promote their personal growth, advance the profession of nursing, and meet the health needs of society.
- The Department of Nursing is housed in Appalachian’s Beaver College of Health Sciences.
Method of Delivery
On campus and online
Dr. Kimberly Priode