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The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program.

Is this program accredited?

The Louise Harkey School of Nursing RN - Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC  20001 (202) 887-6791.

The Louise Harkey School of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is approved by The North Carolina Board of Nursing, 4516 Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh, NC  27607 (919) 782-3211.

Our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is also accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

When can I enter the RN-BSN completion program?

You can enter the program before the fall or spring semester. You must already be a registered nurse to be admitted to the RN-BSN completion program.

How long will it take to complete the RN-BSN program?

If you are enrolled full-time it will take three semesters and one summer (summer courses are five weeks each) or approximately one-and-a-half years. If you are enrolled part-time it will depend on how many courses you are taking per semester.

Do I have to do clinicals for the RN-BSN program?

Yes, you will do one service learning project. The final spring semester focuses on a population health service learning project. This project will culminate into a health education project for an identified population within your community. The project can be arranged in your community.

Is the RN-BSN program completely online?

Yes the entire RN-BSN Program is online.

Am I eligible for financial aid?

This will depend on your individual circumstances.  A large percentage of our students receive aid, which includes a mix of scholarships, loans, grants, work/study, institutional gift aid and federal financial aid. Our dedicated financial aid team will work with you individually to find all aid for which you are eligible.  The first step is to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  See the Financial Information section of our website for more information.

BSN Loan Forgiveness - Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for the Atrium Health RN-BSN Loan Forgiveness Program?

Atrium Health nursing teammates and nursing alumni of Cabarrus College or Carolinas College of Health Sciences

Can I use the Atrium Health RN-BSN Loan Forgiveness Program at any college or university?

No, the Atrium Health RN-BSN Loan Forgiveness Program can only be used at Atrium Health’s Cabarrus College of Health Sciences and Carolinas College of Health Sciences.

What is the amount available through the Loan Forgiveness Program?

Up to $10,000.00

I started the RN-BSN program prior to its inclusion in the Atrium Health Loan Forgiveness Program. Am I eligible?

Yes. It can be used to cover the tuition for the courses remaining in your program of study.

Can the Loan Forgiveness Program be used to pay for books and other expenses?

No, it is applied only to actual tuition.

I graduated from Carolinas College of Health Sciences and participated in the Loan Forgiveness Program for my nursing associate degree. Am I eligible to participate for my RN-BSN at Cabarrus College of Health Sciences?


I am an Atrium Health teammate. I used the Loan Forgiveness Program for my nursing associate degree and still have time remaining in my work commitment for that program. Am I eligible to participate for my RN-BSN?

Yes, your work commitment for RN-BSN loan forgiveness will begin after you graduate with your BSN and will be added to any remaining work commitment from the nursing associate degree loan forgiveness program.

What is the work commitment required to receive loan forgiveness?

One (1) year full-time work commitment (at least thirty-two (32) scheduled hours per week) with a participating Atrium Health facility for every $5,000 utilized.

I am a Cabarrus College nursing alumnus, but I am not an Atrium Health teammate. Am I eligible for the Loan Forgiveness Program?

Yes, but you will have to repay the loan with monthly payments. There is a six (6) month grace period. The repayment term is thirty-six (36) months at 5% interest. If you secure employment with Atrium Health within six (6) months of your BSN graduation, you can convert your repayment to the work commitment terms. Participation in the loan forgiveness program does not guarantee an eligible position within Atrium Health.

Will participation in the Atrium Health Loan Forgiveness program affect my salary when I am fulfilling the work commitment?

No, you will receive your full salary. Your work commitment is what repays the loan, so there is no payroll deduction. However, the Atrium Health Loan is a taxable benefit at the time the graduate goes into repayment.

Can my associate degree work commitment repayment be deferred while enrolled in the RN-BSN program?


I’m already enrolled in the BSN program at Cabarrus College and have the Teammate Scholarship; can I use both the Teammate Scholarship and Loan Forgiveness to pay my tuition?

No. A student must select either the Teammate Scholarship OR the Loan Forgiveness program but cannot participate in both.