Nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) have greater career opportunities with the ability to assume more responsibility, earn a higher salary and lead their colleagues in new ways. This flexible online BSN program can be completed in as few as 12 to 18 months, allowing students to work full time while meeting their educational goals. Graduates are exceptionally prepared for their first job and empowered to pursue growth throughout their career. Our students receive unprecedented support from faculty, staff and fellow students. We invest our time and energy in everyone, helping them find a way to achieve the greatest possible success. 

Assistance for Atrium Health Teammates

Effective fall 2019, the Atrium Health Loan Forgiveness program has expanded to include RN to BSN. With the Loan Forgiveness program and the Ed Assist program, Atrium Health nursing teammates have an affordable option to get their BSN, potentially at no cost. All Atrium Health nursing teammates, Carolinas College alumni and Mercy School of Nursing alumni are eligible for the RN to BSN Loan Forgiveness program. Contact Financial Aid for more information.  

RN to BSN Curriculum Master Plan

The BSN degree is a 120-credit hour program consisting of courses completed at the associate degree level and additional higher-level courses to prepare our students for the evolving healthcare environment.

The RN to BSN program includes:

  • 37-credit hours of designated NUR core content validated and awarded based upon RN licensure
  • 33-credit hours of lower-level general education courses
  • 18-credit hours of upper-level general education courses
  • 32-credit hours of upper-level nursing courses

Upper-Level General Education and Nursing Courses

The upper-level general education and nursing courses provide students with the professional skills needed to keep pace with the demands of leadership roles in healthcare.

To ensure a proper focus of the program, the curriculum was developed in alignment with the 2008 Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Practice by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The nine essentials identified by the AACN include:

  1. Liberal education for baccalaureate generalist nursing practice
  2. Basic organizational and systems leadership for quality care and patient safety
  3. Scholarship for evidence-based practice
  4. Information management and application of patient care technology
  5. Healthcare policy, finance and regulatory environments
  6. Interprofessional communication and collaboration for improving patient health outcomes
  7. Clinical prevention and population health
  8. Professionalism and professional values
  9. Baccalaureate generalist nursing practice

Transfer Credit

Upper-level general education coursework completed at other institutions may meet some of the upper-level general education requirements. Once an accepted student has paid his or her deposit, the registrar will evaluate all previously completed coursework for transfer credit. All previous coursework can be reviewed for transfer credit, regardless of when the course was taken (no date limits).

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