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How do I get into a program?
Start by determining which college best fits your needs, considering factors such as geographic location and whether you want to take classes on campus or online. Procedures and processes vary among schools, so you should find out if you need to apply to the school itself or that institution's school of nursing.
What are the entrance requirements for a program?
The entrance requirements and prerequisite courses vary across schools. For that reason, it is best for prospective students to go directly to the specific schools they are interested in attending to see what the requirements of that program are.
Who do I talk to about an RN-to-BSN program?
The RN-to-BSN coordinator is your key contact person at every school. Call the coordinator to speak on the phone or set up an appointment to meet and discuss your interest in the program. Do not overlook e-mail as a means of communication, as well.
What is the expected program length in real time?
There is a wide variation in program length, which allows students to progress at their own pace depending on which program option they choose. Some students may need to complete their General Education courses which will add to the length of time they are in school. Full-time enrollment and part-time enrollment are both options. One and two year programs are available, with some room for variation.
Once you have decided on a program, look ahead at the course offerings as some classes are taught only once a year or even once every two years. In addition, all colleges and universities have residency requirements. This means that you must complete a designated number of hours at the college or university awarding the degree. Check with an advisor before you take courses on another campus that you plan to use for your degree or elective requirements. Planning ahead can help you finish your program in the shortest period of time possible.
How do I complete my General Education Requirements?
Students should be aware that they can take many of the General Education classes at their local community college. You should talk to your prospective RN-to-BSN advisor to determine exactly what credits you need to fulfill since different colleges may categorize courses differently when they calculate credits. (This is why it is so important to keep an updated educational portfolio.)
For more detailed information on the transferring of credits between community colleges and the University of North Carolina system schools, visit the NC Comprehensive Articulation Agreement on the web at
. In addition to the 16 UNC schools, there are now 19 private colleges and universities that endorse the CAA.
How much will it cost?
Tuition costs vary from school to school, but the tuition for an RN-to-BSN program will be the same as tuition to general college. The specific cost can be determined by contacting the school you are interested in or by visiting CFNC's
Explore Postsecondary Schools
section. Your largest expenses will be tuition, books and computer associated expenses. If you are commuting, you should also add travel costs into your equation.
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