Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Online

To meet today's high demand for BSN-prepared nursing professionals, the University of North Carolina Wilmington offers an accredited Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program completely online.

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Program Overview

Learn more about our RN to BSN online program


The UNCW School of Nursing has been educating exceptional nurses for over four decades, as demonstrated by its accomplished alumni. In this online RN to BSN program at UNCW, you will learn from faculty with real-world nursing experience. Coursework includes a study of contemporary issues that affect professional nursing practice, gerontological nursing, community health nursing and core concepts of leadership and management.

Additional courses may be required. Please view required coursework.

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RN-BSN FAQs.

In this RN to BSN online program, you will:

  • Gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to successfully compete and advance into high demand healthcare areas that serve an increasing aging population
  • Understand how to conduct nurse-led research in clinical issues
  • Obtain a foundation for career advancement into administrative, research, consulting and teaching
  • Gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to successfully compete and advance into high demand healthcare areas that serve an increasing aging population
  • Understand how to conduct nurse-led research in clinical issues
  • Obtain a foundation for career advancement into administrative, research, consulting and teaching

This CCNE-accredited RN to BSN program will equip you to step into a variety of roles, including:

  • Case Management Nurse
  • Travel Nurse
  • Perinatal Educator
  • ICU Nurse
  • Case Management Nurse
  • Travel Nurse
  • Perinatal Educator
  • ICU Nurse

Also available:

The School of Nursing at UNCW offers multiple online nursing degrees. View all our nursing options.

Total Tuition $6,299.10*
Duration As few as 12 months
Credit Hours 30*
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Tuition

UNCW tuition is affordable


Tuition and fees for the RN to BSN online degree program are for nursing courses only. Additional courses may be required. A minimum of 31 credit hours must be completed at UNCW. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Tuition breakdown:

Total Tuition $6,299.10*
Per Credit Hour $185.13

Learn how UNCW empowers RN to BSN students to become nurse leaders

"We continue to make changes that we find are best practices for teaching in an online format."

Debbie Pollard, Associate Professor, School of Nursing

Listen to how Jeffrey balanced life while earning his BSN

"I definitely feel empowered now."

Jeffrey Eder, online RN to BSN graduate

Calendar

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The RN to BSN online program is delivered in an online format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring several start dates each year. You can get started anytime!

Please note that sessions frequently fill ahead of published deadlines. Application cycles are open until the sessions reach capacity. Due to high demand, there is no advanced notice of application closures.

TermProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlinePayment DueLast Class Day
Spring II3/11/242/10/242/17/243/13/243/14/244/28/24
Summer I5/13/244/20/244/20/245/6/245/16/246/30/24
Summer II7/1/246/1/246/1/247/3/247/8/248/18/24
Fall 18/26/247/27/248/3/248/28/248/29/2410/13/24
Fall 210/21/249/21/249/28/2410/23/2410/24/2412/8/24

Students must register for courses by 5 p.m. (EST) on the registration deadline date.
Students must remit tuition payment by 10 a.m. (EST) on the tuition deadline date.

Now enrolling:

Apply Date 4/20/24
Class Starts 5/13/24

Admissions

Check out the qualifications for our bachelor’s in nursing program


Here's a checklist of what you'll need to begin the admission process for your RN to BSN degree online:

    Admission Requirements:

    • Official transcripts
    • Cumulative GPA 2.4
    • Current, unencumbered RN license

    • Meet UNC system high school minimum course requirements (applicants who are 21 years of age or older or who have completed 24 hours of transferable undergraduate credits are exempt from this requirement)
    • Have completed or enrolled in 24 transferable undergraduate credit hours
    • Have a cumulative 2.4 college GPA
    • Be eligible to return to the last institution attended
    • Possess the appropriate associate’s degree for the intended program and a current unencumbered license as a registered nurse
    • PLEASE NOTE: All applicants must submit official transcripts—including an official high school transcript, GED, or Adult High School Diploma—unless they have already earned a Bachelor’s degree.

    Official transcripts from all colleges/universities are required. Electronic transcripts are preferred and can be emailed to: [email protected]. Transcripts can also be mailed directly from the institution(s) to UNCW at this address:

    University of North Carolina Wilmington
    Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    601 South College Rd
    Wilmington, NC 28403-5904

    Have a question? Call us at 855-306-4734.

    Military Transcripts: If applicable, request Military Transcripts to be sent to the Office of Admissions. Transcripts can be requested as follows:

    • For Air University Transcripts, please review instructions here
    • For Community College of the Air Force, please contact the CCAF Registrar's Office at 334-649-5080 or mail your request to:
      CCAF-DES
      100 South Turner Blvd
      Maxwell-Gunter, AL 36114
    • Joint Services Transcripts (JST): Army, Coast Guard, Navy and Marine military transcripts can be requested by visiting the JST website.

    Courses

    Read about the online UNCW RN to BSN classes


    The RN to BSN online curriculum is comprised of 9 core courses and 1 elective (30 hours). To meet the residency requirements, a minimum of 30 credit hours must be completed at UNCW.

    How can I get an evaluation of my transcripts?

    You must take the following courses.
    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    Course enhances students' assessment and clinical reasoning skills. Emphasis on analyzing nursing assessment findings, setting priorities, and developing a plan of care that promotes or restores health. Explores the impact of the environment, life choices, literacy, and genomics on holistic health.
    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    This is a seminar course for registered nurses. Students will examine foundations and contemporary issues of professional nursing practice and will explore critical abilities and roles for the baccalaureate nurse in the management of quality, patient care. This course will introduce students to online learning and provide strategies for success.
    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    This course introduces students to the functional, physiological, cognitive, psychosocial, and socioeconomic needs of older adults. Students will synthesize science, knowledge and assessment to facilitate safe, quality management of care for older adult populations. Content includes primary, secondary and tertiary care and prevention, family roles, legal, ethical issues, and resource allocation.
    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    This course addresses the community nursing process and its relationship with client-centered care, clinical reasoning, and integrity of practice applicable to health prevention, promotion, and risk reduction in diverse settings. Content addresses social and ecological determinants of health through health education, epidemiology, case management, partnerships, and technology examining outcomes for an evidence-based, culturally sensitive practice.
    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the core concepts of leadership and management for the professional nurse. Course content includes discussion of theories of management and leadership; health systems organizations; change, power, authority; role development; models of nursing care delivery; legal ramifications of delegation; models of quality management; nursing and the political process.
    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    A debate-seminar course focusing on social, psychological, cultural, economic, political, legal, and ethical environments which shape health care delivery systems. Advanced nursing practice in primary care is studied relative to inter professional relationships and leadership in health policy, health care reform, successful models of health delivery, poverty, research, and interdisciplinary health management.
    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces research design and analysis necessary to examine, apply, and utilize nursing science. Course content includes an overview of current issues in knowledge development in nursing including the process of research utilization and evidence based practice. The student will conduct analytic critiques of the research literature for scientific merit, synthesize these critiques for application to practice, and develop strategies for providing leadership to make evidence based practice a reality in current and future work settings. Prerequisite: STT 210 or STT 215.
    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    This theory course builds on basic knowledge of pathophysiology and pharmacology to enhance nursing management of health, wellness, and disease. Analysis of current pharmacological based research will provide the foundation for evidence based nursing practice. Physiological, pathophysiological, and pharmacological concepts that explain the rationale behind treatment decisions are examined.
    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 2
    This is a capstone course for registered nurses. Students will synthesize knowledge derived from nursing theory and practice experiences to provide a record of their professional development and transition to the role of the baccalaureate-prepared registered nurse.
    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 1
    Students will examine the evolution of professional nursing in America through the study of select critical historical analyses of a significant influential event, time, concept, or person. Exposure to critical historical works will provide students a contextual perspective and enlightenment to evaluate the contemporary professional identity and practice role of the nurse.
    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 1
    This course focuses on building a career path in professional nursing that includes continuous engagement and lifelong learning. Engagement in professional nursing organizations; sharing best practices through presentations and use of the principals of scholarly writing; and planning for lifelong learning are presented as strategies to advance professionalism in nursing.
    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    This course introduces the student to the field of palliative and end-of-life care. It will focus on a holistic approach to nursing care for the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of patients across the lifespan experiencing a wide range of illnesses. Illnesses will include progressive, chronic or debilitating disorders. An emphasis will be placed on maintaining quality of life through palliative and end-of-life care with an understanding that patients and families have diverse values, beliefs, needs, and expectations.
    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    This course provides a description and analysis of the growing use of complementary and alternative therapies (CATs) by consumers in contemporary society. Emphasis will be placed on ways to promote healing and optimum health in the individual, families, and communities. The student will increase their knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to communicate effectively with patients and health care providers about these therapies to enhance patient health and safety. Satisfies University Studies II: Approaches and Perspectives/Living in a Global Society.
    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores values and belief systems influencing health behaviors of culturally diverse groups. Emphasizes cultural, social, political, and economic forces that influence access to and use of health care resources. Identifies a conceptual basis for assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of health care for culturally diverse clients. Fosters cultural sensitivity to life styles, values, and concepts concerning health and health care. The goal of this course is to broaden the student's perception and understanding of health and illness and the variety of meanings these terms carry for members of differing sociocultural populations. Satisfies University Studies II: Approaches and Perspectives/Living in a Global Society.
    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    This course will focus on an introduction to emerging knowledge in human molecular genetics and the related implications for health care across the lifespan through multidisciplinary perspectives. Content focuses on the application of genetics to clinical practice, including screening for genetic predisposition, the impact of genetics on health promotion and disease prevention, and the uses of genetically engineered technology and therapies. Students will be encouraged to critically examine the social, legal, cultural, political, and professional implications of the integration of genetics into health care practices.

    *Credit hours and tuition and fees are for nursing courses. Additional courses may be required. A minimum of 30 credit hours must be completed at UNCW. N.C. resident tuition and fees. Total tuition and fees may vary by student and are subject to change. Learn more.

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