Currently, the nursing profession in the United States is experiencing another of its periodic growth spurts. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates a 16% increase in jobs for registered nurses (RNs) alone, for the period 2014 to 2024.

Most Affordable Nursing Schools in North Carolina

In the state of North Carolina alone, there are about 99,050 active RNs, earning an hourly mean wage of $29.49 ($61,330/year).

One factor increasing the demand for RNs with a BSN degree is an initiative to double the number in the U.S. who hold a minimum BSN. The initiative was launched by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), with a start level of 40% and a goal of 80% by 2020.

Many nursing schools are updating their programs and technologies as part of the IOM’s recommendation and goal. In addition there are many affordable online options that are worth considering.

What are the cheapest nursing degrees in North Carolina?

To assist those who are either interested in becoming an nurse or updating their education to a BSN, from a school in North Carolina, we present this list of the 10 most affordable BSN programs in the state, based on in-state tuition. The list is compiled from the NCES (National Center for Education Statistics) database, which indicated that 22 nursing schools were offering a BSN program as of the last academic year. Filtering for inactive or now-defunct programs or schools, we produced the list below. The programs listed in this article have been verified as still active at time of publication.

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Fayetteville State University

Average Tuition: $4,885

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Fayetteville State University (FSU) is a public HBCU (Historically Black College/ University) that is part of the University of North Carolina System. It receives institutional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. The Department of Nursing (DON-FSU) in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) offers undergraduate nursing programs which are additionally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). FSU has earned a number of topic-specific ranking awards on college review lists published by U.S. News & World Report and other publishers.

FSU offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) with two entry/ completion paths. The tracks cater to both pre-licensure (freshmen) and post-licensure students. The latter will have current licensing as a Registered Nurse and an associate’s degree in nursing.

Degrees and concentrations offered at this school include:

  • BS in Nursing – Pre-Licensure (PL)
  • BS in Nursing – RN-BSN

The DON recently moved to the Southeastern North Carolina Nursing Education and Research Center, which contains the school’s Clinical Simulation Center. The simulation lab offers a range of male, female and child mannequins for developing practice skills. Students also participate in clinical experiences, with RN track (online) students using healthcare facilities local to them. After graduation, students in the PL track can write the NCLEX-RN professional licensing exam to become a certified registered nurse. Students in either track will be prepared for nursing roles in which they make clinical decisions about providing health care in different environments, as well as be prepared for graduate nursing studies.

The FSU BSN degree requires either 120 credits (RN track) or 127 credits (PL track) for graduation. In the PL track, students start as pre-nursing majors for three regular and one summer semester, taking prerequisite courses. After this, there are five upper division semesters in the nursing major, with course requirements totaling 61 credits. RN track students will take 32 credits of upper division online nursing courses (including two clinical courses) and any outstanding prerequisite/ support courses. Up to 32 credits will be awarded for prior nursing course work. Students can choose full-time (two classes for every 8-week session) or part-time (one class per session).

Sample courses include:

  • Health Assessment
  • Concepts Basic to Nursing
  • Pharmacological Concepts
  • Pathophysiology
  • Adult Health

Campus or HQ: Fayetteville, North Carolina.

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University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Average Tuition: $5,564

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University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP) is a member of the public University of North Carolina System and receives institutional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. UNCP’s College of Arts and Sciences hosts the Department of Nursing (DON), which offers undergraduate nursing programs that are additionally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Amongst the ranking awards UNCP has earned are several “military-friendly” listings, including from Military Times, G.I. Jobs and U.S. News & World Report (USNWR), as well as more general “top college” and regional lists from Princeton Review and USNWR over the years.

UNCP offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) with three entry/ completion paths. Two tracks cater to students new to nursing, with one being a traditional program and the other being a dual enrollment option that results in both an ADN (associate’s degree in nursing) and BSN. The third track is post-licensure, for Registered Nurses holding an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing.

Degrees and concentrations offered at this school include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN, pre-licensure)
  • South Central NC Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) Program
  • RN-BSN

This BSN program combines an education in nursing with arts, sciences and the humanities, in a manner that prepares students for the lifelong learning aspect that is typical of a career in nursing. UNCP’s DON can be proud of a Clinical Learning Center (CLC) that has over 14,000 square feet in space containing simulation technology for all levels of student nurses. WIthin the CLC are Basic and Advanced Care labs, Maternal/ Child Lab, a Home Care Simulation Apartment and several more labs. In addition, a Learning Enhancement Center provides skills workshops, test prep, test taking, dosage calculations prep and additional nursing-related resources, including software and digital reference materials. Students in pre-licensure tracks are prepared for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam that they can take upon graduation. UNCP’s 3-year average first-time NCLEX-RN exam pass rate is 99%.

UNCP’s BSN degree requires 124 credits for graduation, depending on track selected. PL track students complete two years of liberal arts and nursing prerequisite courses (62 credits) as pre-nursing majors, then take 62 credits of upper division courses in the Major. Total duration is 4.5 years. The RIBN track will have students spend three years at a partner college, obtaining an associate’s degree and passing the NCLEX-RN exam. After this, they spend one year at UNCP to complete their BSN. RN track courses are mostly online (two exceptions) and run eight weeks, allowing for an accelerated 12-month timeline, or at a personal pace. Students in this track complete 31 credits of upper division nursing, and receive 30 credits for prior nursing coursework, after completion of specific courses.

Sample courses include:

  • Transition to Professional Nursing
  • Transcultural Nursing
  • Health Assessment
  • Pathophysiology
  • Gerontology Nursing

Campus or HQ: Pembroke, North Carolina.

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Winston-Salem State University

Average Tuition: $5,707

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Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) is an HBCU (Historically Black College/ University) in the public University of North Carolina System. It is awarded institutional accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges and is a member of the TMCF (Thurgood Marshall College Fund). Undergraduate nursing programs are offered through the Division of Nursing (DON; School of Health Sciences) and are additionally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The university claims a number of honors in the form of ranking spots in many general and topical college review lists. This includes lists published by Wall Street Journal (#1 HBCU in North Carolina; #8 in the U.S.), Payscale.com (#4 in NC for largest percent ROI), Diverse Issues in Higher Education (#5 in the U.S. for graduating African American students in nursing, and #8 in the U.S. in health professions), U.S. News & World Report (Best Colleges in the South; Top Public Schools; Top HBCUs), Washington Monthly (Best Bang for the Buck in the Southeast), and several more. Appearances here on CollegeChoice include top HBCUs (#1 in NC and #5 in the U.S.) and Best Southern Regional Universities.

WSSU offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) with four entry/ completion paths. The Traditional track is for first-time freshman nursing students. Students with a prior non-nursing bachelor’s degree may be interested in the Accelerated track. Students with some nursing/ health-related experience have three possible options. If you have current licensure as a Registered Nurse, there is the RN completion track. For paramedics with EMT-P (Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic) certification, a fourth track gives them an opportunity to earn a BSN, and receive credit for some nursing courses through a “challenge examination.”

Degrees and concentrations offered at this school include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) -Traditional
  • Accelerated BSN (ABSN)
  • RN-BSN
  • Paramedic to BSN (EMT-P)

This BSN program prepares students for career nursing roles as generalists serving both individuals and groups, particularly underserved communities. Prelicensure track students will be ready to write the NCLEX-RN professional licensing exam once they graduate. Towards the goal of graduation, students can practice their skills on high fidelity, full-sized mannequins in the school’s virtual hospital. A second virtual hospital environment is located in the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, with which WSSU’s DON is partnered. On the DON’s agenda for their virtual hospital is a plan to offer a number of health care services to the community, such as blood pressure screenings, wound care and more — activities in which students would participate. Students in the RN track build on current skills, and have the option to choose sessions at several off-campus sites, or online.

Traditional BSN track students take nursing courses (two) right from the first year, plus non-nursing prerequisite courses (six), after which, once admitted, they complete the upper division portion of the track with the remaining nursing major courses. ABSN, RN and EMT-P track students are all eligible for transfer credits for prior non-nursing and/or nursing coursework, as appropriate. ABSN track students can earn their BSN in a minimum 13 months, and follows the Traditional track curriculum. The RN track is 12 months full-time (including Summer semesters), and requires 70 credits of nursing courses (on-campus or online only). Part-time study option available. The EMT-P track runs full-time only.

Sample courses include:

  • Adult Health Nursing
  • Clinical Reasoning
  • Nursing Research
  • Health Assessment
  • Clinical Nursing Foundation

Campus or HQ: Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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North Carolina Central University

Average Tuition: $5,755

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North Carolina Central University (NCCU) is an HBCU (Historically Black College/ University) that is part of the public University of North Carolina System. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges, provides institutional accreditation. The Department of Nursing (DON) offers its undergraduate nursing programs through the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (CBSS), which are additionally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). NCCU has previously ranked here on CollegeChoice college review lists, including for best HBCUs. U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) also awarded NCCU with a ranking on its best HBCUs list, as well spots on several other topical and institutional college review lists. Other ranking awards for NCCU come from publishers such as Washington Monthly, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education and others.

NCCU offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) with four entry/ completion paths. Pre-licensure freshman can apply to the Traditional BSN track, as can transfer students and those with LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) licensure. The Accelerated (ABSN) track is for students who already hold a non-nursing bachelor’s degree. Currently licensed Registered Nurses with an associate’s degree in nursing have the RN completion track. As well, there is a special track designed for Military veterans with health experience or training.

Degrees and concentrations offered at this school include:

  • Traditional BSN
  • Accelerated BSN (ABSN)
  • RN-BSN (online, completion)
  • Veteran BSN (VBSN)

NurseJournal.org ranked the DON at #13 (of 1,189) in their 2015 list of top nursing schools for NCCU’s collection of nursing programs, including the BSN. Space in the BSN program is limited. (Students should check admission dates and apply on a timely basis.) The program prepares pre-licensure students for the NCLEX-RN professional licensing exam, graduate nursing studies, and professional nursing roles including leadership.

A minimum of 124 credits must be earned to graduate from NCCU’s BSN degree. Some tracks require up to 128 credits. Traditional track students complete four semesters (two years) of natural sciences and general education courses before actual admission into the nursing program – after which, they complete two years of upper division nursing courses. (Check site for details.) ABSN track students will go through much the same curriculum, but will be awarded up to 60 credits of general education and natural science courses taken previously. Similarly, VBSN track students may receive credit for prior coursework. RN track students complete upper division online nursing courses — primarily in 8-week sessions — plus support courses. Typical RN track timeline is one year full-time, two years part-time. Credit is granted for some prior coursework.

Sample courses include:

  • Concepts of Professional Practice
  • Health Assessment
  • Pathophysiology
  • Applied Nursing Principles
  • Nursing Care of the Adult

Campus or HQ: Durham, North Carolina.

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North Carolina A & T State University

Average Tuition: $5,972

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North Carolina A & T State University (NCAT) is the largest public HBCU (Historically Black College/ University) in the United States, and a member of the University of North Carolina System. It gets institutional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Undergraduate nursing programs are additionally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and are offered by the School of Nursing (SON), which is hosted by NCAT’s College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS). Amongst the college rankings awards that NCAT has earned is a #2 spot in the Social Mobility Index from CollegeNET. NCAT also has a spot on th 2017 Military Friendly (r) Schools list from Victory Media. Other publishers awarding NCAT include: MONEY Magazine (2016, #1 Best Value Colleges: HBCUs; #7 in North Carolina); UI Greenmetric of World Universities (2015-2017, sustainability); and more.

NCAT offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) with three entry/ completion paths. This includes two pre-licensure tracks – one intended for new undergraduate students, and the other for those who have earned a non-nursing bachelor’s degree. The third track is a completion program for Registered Nurses having an associate’s degree in nursing. If you are in high school, talk to an academic advisor about a RIBN option that consists of four years of nursing education and earns both an associate’s and bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Degrees and concentrations offered at this school include:

  • Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN to BSN Completion (BSNC)
  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN).

In addition to classroom learning, BSN students have access to a virtual learning and simulation center, as well as NCAT’s NCLEX RN Center for Success, which helps prelicensure students prepare for this professional licensing exam post-graduation. Clinicals in community healthcare settings round out the overall learning experience. Note: some in-person classes, including for RN track students, will be conducted (upon accreditation approval) at the new Union Square Campus facility, which offers state of the art facilities. Graduates of the BSN achieved first-time NCLEX-RN exam pass rates of 95% in 2016 and 89.3% in 2015. Job placement for graduates from some BSN tracks was 100%.

NCAT’s BSN degree requires 124-125 credits for graduation. After completing two years of lower division prerequisite courses, Traditional track students take 68 credits of upper division courses (primarily nursing) in the Major over five semesters full-time. ABSN track students follow a similar curriculum, albeit with 64 credits in upper division Major courses and a 12-month full-time timeline. BSNC track students need to complete 31 credits in the Major, over three semesters full-time, with either on-campus or online delivery of courses.

Sample courses include:

  • Adult Health
  • Pathophysiology
  • Applied Ethics
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Childbearing Family

Campus or HQ: Greensboro, North Carolina.

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University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Average Tuition: $6,532

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University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) is a member of the public University of North Carolina System. Institutional accreditation is provided by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. UNCC’s College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) houses the School of Nursing (SON), which offers undergraduate nursing programs additionally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The SON was designated in 2016 as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nurses (NLN), in recognition of the school’s efforts to enhance both student learning and professional development. The university itself has earned multiple topical rankings on college review lists by publishers/ organizations such as U.S. News & World Report (USNWR), Bloomberg Businessweek, CEO Magazine and more.

UNCC offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) with three entry/ completion paths. Two tracks are pre-licensure, although one follows a traditional four-year path to a BSN, while the other is a dual enrollment track that results in both an associate’s and bachelor’s degree in nursing. The third track is for students who have already earned an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing and are currently licensed as a Registered Nurse.

Degrees and concentrations offered at this school include:

  • BS in Nursing (BSN) – Upper Division Nursing Major
  • BS in Nursing (BSN) – RN-to-BSN Completion Curriculum
  • Centralina RIBN

This BSN program prepares students for nursing roles as generalists. Potential places of employment include acute care facilities, clinics, community health centers, home health care, medical centers and hospitals. Leadership and management roles are part of possible career opportunities. Upon graduation from BSN prelicensure tracks, students are eligible to write the NCLEX-RN licensing exam to gain certification as a Registered Nurse. (Graduates from this BSN had a first-time pass rate of 93% for Spring 2015.) This is a competitive academic program, for which the university recommends you apply early to increase chances of admission.

The UNCC BSN degree requires 122 credits for graduation. Traditional track students must declare as pre-nursing major first and complete two semesters of pre-requisite courses. Partway through (after 32 credits), they apply for the nursing major and, once admitted, complete four semesters of upper division nursing courses. RIBN students complete three years at a partner college (earning an associate’s degree and passing the NCLEX-RN exam), then a final year at UNCC to earn the BSN. RN students who have outstanding prerequisite courses to take must first complete those as a Pre-RN-to-BSN student, then apply for admission into the main RN track. The latter portion consists of 31 upper division nursing credits, which can be completed in one calendar year online (three entry dates yearly).

Sample courses include:

  • Introduction to Nursing Science
  • Concepts of Professional Nursing
  • Pathophysiology
  • Health Assessment
  • Illness and Disease Management

Campus or HQ: Charlotte, North Carolina.

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East Carolina University

Average Tuition: $6,580

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East Carolina University (ECU), part of the public University of North Carolina System, receives institutional accreditation from by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Undergraduate nursing programs are administered through ECU’s College of Nursing (CON) and are additionally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The NLN (National League for Nursing) has designated the CON as a Center of Excellence three times (2008–2011, 2011–2015 and 2015–2020). The university has awards that include ranking spots in general and topical college review lists. This includes several published by U.S. News & World Report: best online master’s in nursing (#23, 2016); best colleges for veterans (#2, 2014).

ECU offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) with four entry/ completion paths. Three tracks cover pre-licensure students, including a traditional track BSN, an accelerated second-degree BSN (for those with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree) and a dual-enrollment track that earns both an associate’s and bachelor’s degree. The fourth option is a completion track for students with current licensure as a Registered Nurse and an associate’s degree in nursing.

Degrees and concentrations offered at this school include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN, traditional)
  • Accelerated Second-Degree BSN (ABSN)
  • RIBN dual enrollment
  • RN/BSN

This BSN program produces nurses who can practice as generalists in different healthcare environments, providing care to individuals and their families, as well as groups. The CON is partnered with over 50 healthcare providers, including clinics, home health agencies, hospitals schools and more, giving nursing students varied opportunities for clinical experiences. The college also has eight nursing simulation labs in the Health Sciences Building, where students develop practical skills, to supplement classroom learning. The traditional and ABSN prelicensure tracks prepare students for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam, which they are eligible to write once they graduate. (The CON claims a “consistent” first-time pass rate of at least 95%.) Graduates of the BSN program have found nursing careers as providers and managers/ coordinators of health care services.

ECU’s BSN degree requires 125-128 credits for graduation, depending on the track selected. The traditional track takes nine semesters (including one Summer session). Students have placement opportunities for clinical experience at over 50 regional healthcare facilities (clinics, hospitals, home health, schools, etc.) The ABSN track takes 12 months and requires 128 credits: 78 transfer credits for prior non-nursing courses and 50 credits of nursing courses. The RIBN track consists of three years of community college (including online ECU courses) to earn an associate’s degree, achieving NCLEX-RN licensure, then one year of BSN courses at ECU. The RN track consists of 7-week format courses (5.5-week in Summer) with 1-2 courses taken per semester, for a total of 33 credits of online nursing courses.

Sample courses include:

  • Health Assessment
  • Introduction to Professional Nursing
  • Nurse as Care Provider
  • Clinical Nursing Foundations
  • Concepts of Pathophysiology for Nursing

Campus or HQ: Greenville, North Carolina.

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Western Carolina University

Average Tuition: $6,623

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Western Carolina University (WCU) is a member of the public University of North Carolina System, with its institutional accreditation provided by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. The

-School of Nursing (SON) — part of WCU’s College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS) — offers undergraduate nursing programs that are additionally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

-Recognition for the university includes ranking awards on general college review lists released by publishers such as Victory Media (2017, Military Friendly (r) School: large public schools); U.S. News & World Report (Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, etc.); Kiplinger’s Personal Finance; Princeton Review (green colleges, etc.) and others.

WCU offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) with four entry/ completion paths. There are three pre-licensure tracks – one for a traditional BSN, another for a dual degree option that earns students both an associate’s and bachelor’s degree in nursing, and an accelerated track for students who have earned a non-nursing bachelor’s degree. The fourth track is post-licensure, designed for current Registered Nurses wanting to upgrade their associate’s degree in nursing.

Degrees and concentrations offered at this school include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN, traditional)
  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) Entry Option
  • WNC Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (WNC RIBN)
  • RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The SON received a $1M grant from an agency of the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services in late 2016, to develop its clinical experiences in community-based and primary care, for the purpose of teaching nursing students in the BSN. Classroom learning is supplemented with lab and clinical experiences (through partnerships with healthcare providers). Students in pre-licensure tracks can write their NCLEX-RN professional licensing exam upon graduation (except for RIBN track, where RN licensure is earned between years three and four). Recent graduates of this BSN program achieved a 100% first-time test pass rate. Potential careers in nursing involve roles such as clinicians as well as leaders and educators.

WCU’s BSN degree requires 125 credits for graduation. The traditional track follows a typical four-year timeline. The ABSN track is conducted over four straight semesters (including Summer), providing an accelerated program that allows students to maintain part-time work. The RIBN track consists of three years at a select community college to complete an associate’s degree in nursing and achieve NCLEX-RN licensing, followed by year four at WCU to complete the BSN degree. Students can work as an RN at the beginning of year four. The RN track consists of 24 credits of online core courses (including Leadership and Community Health practicums), plus eight credits of online electives. Both courses and orientation are completed online. Two practicum course rotations can be completed local to each student, with instructor approval.

Sample courses include:

  • Foundations of Nursing
  • Nursing Assessment Across the Lifespan
  • Pharmacotherapeutics
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Concepts of Geriatric Nursing

Campus or HQ: Cullowhee, North Carolina.

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University of North Carolina Wilmington

Average Tuition: $6,691

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University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) is a member of the public University of North Carolina System, with institutional accreditation provided by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Undergraduate nursing programs are additionally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and are offered by the School of Nursing (SON) within UNCW’s College of Health and Human Services (CHHS). The SON received a grant in late 2016 for the purpose of increasing or creating opportunities in online nursing education for students in underserved and rural areas. The university has achieved regular rankings on college review list published by organizations such as U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Princeton Review, Military Times, Fiske Guide to Colleges, Peace Corps, and more. List categories include “best value public,” “best public college in the South,” “best online programs for veterans,” and others.

UNCW offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) with two entry/ completion paths. One is a traditional track is for pre-licensure students, the other for post-licensure Registered Nurses who hold an associate’s degree in nursing.

Degrees and concentrations offered at this school include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN, Pre-Licensure)
  • RN to BS Nursing (online)

This BSN program focuses on producing students with the skills and knowledge to practice family-centered nursing in different healthcare environments. Students in the RN track also get a grounding in the skills they’ll need for future nursing opportunities in administration, consulting, leadership, research or teaching. Prelicensure students are prepared towards writing the NCLEX-RN licensing exam, post-graduation. The SON’s average first-time test pass rate is 96% for 2014-2016, compared to a national average of 86% in the same period. For students interested in broadening their caregiving perspective, opportunities may exist for study abroad sessions in foreign countries.

UNCW’s BSN degree requires 125 credits for graduation. PL track students must complete at least five prerequisite courses before applying to the actual BSN program, and no later than the end of the second semester. Nursing courses start in semester four (end of sophomore year). RN track students take 29 credits of upper division, fully online nursing courses (12+ month timeline), plus any outstanding requirements, which are also available in a 7.5-week online format. (Note: A minimum 31 credits for the BSN must be taken at UNCW, so students may need additional courses to graduate.)

Sample courses include:

  • Health Assessment
  • Clinical Application of Therapeutic Nutrition
  • Adult Health
  • Research in Nursing
  • Gerontology

Campus or HQ: Wilmington, North Carolina.

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University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Average Tuition: $6,745

Program Website

University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) receives its institutional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. UNCG’s School of Nursing (SON), which celebrated its 50th year in 2016, offers undergraduate nursing programs, which are additionally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) UNCG has enjoyed ranking spots in college review lists published by Princeton Review (18 consecutive years on Best Colleges), Washington Monthly (Best Bang for the Buck Southeast Colleges), U.S. News & World Report (Best Nursing Schools: Master’s; 26 consecutive years on Best Colleges list; Best Online Programs), Victory Media (Military Friendly (r) School), and others.

UNCG offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) with four entry/ completion paths. This includes a pre-licensure track for freshman nursing students, a second-degree track for students with a non-nursing bachelor’s, an accelerated veteran’s track, and an RN completion track for licensed Registered Nurses with an associate’s degree in nursing. For the Veteran’s track, students must have some form of military health experience or training, including LPN/ PNs, medics, nursing assistants, RNs, etc.

Degrees and concentrations offered at this school include:

  • BSN pre-Licensure (PL)
  • BSN as Second Degree (2D)
  • Veterans Access Program (VAP)
  • RN to BSN

This BSN is a very competitive program, which means that students have to meet certain academic requirements just to be admitted into the pre-nursing major, and then again for the nursing major. The overall curriculum teaches students to follow an evidence based nursing care approach. Nursing students have access to SCENE, the SON’s state-of-the-art Simulation Center for Experiential Nursing Education with four simulation areas, including for adult, pediatric, labor and community/ home health. Study resources include one of only 70 Anatomage dissection tables in the world — providing students with high-resolution scans of actual cadavers and exploration of them. Clinical experiences can be conducted at over 500 clinics and healthcare facilities worldwide. Graduates of pre-licensure tracks are readied for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam, which can be written after graduation. Careers that past grads have found include nursing roles providing care to individuals and their families, as well as to groups and communities.

UNCG’s BSN degree requires 122 credits for completion. PL track students must complete prerequisites before entering the nursing major portion of the BSN curriculum. The 2D track is a minimum two year program (four regular semesters plus one summer semester). Students take 56 credits of nursing courses, including clinicals and labs, and any outstanding prerequisites. RN track students will complete 25 credits of upper division nursing courses, and receive 30 transfer credits for prior nursing coursework based on complete specific nursing bridge courses. VAP requirements depend on the specific background of each student.

Sample courses include:

  • Concepts of Professional Nursing
  • Nursing Health Assessment
  • Community Health Nursing Concepts and Care
  • Nursing Care of the Older Adult
  • Nursing Leadership and Management

Campus or HQ: Greensboro, North Carolina.

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