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Your path to becoming an established nurse has never been clearer, simpler or faster.
Elevate your Nursing Career in as little as 12-months with an accelerated and flexible RN to BSN Program with William Peace University.
It’s more than a degree on your wall–it’s hard-core, life-changing expertise. Our partnerships with Wake Med, UNC Rex Healthcare and UNC Physicians Network will give you critical practical and hands-on experience in leadership, research and caregiving.
This comprehensive, accelerated program is open to registered nurses with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (with a current, valid RN license in North Carolina). Qualifying applicants may be eligible to transfer up to 90 credits to the program.
The WPU RN to BSN Program offers:
- Earn a BSN in as few as 12 months
- Six start dates throughout the year
- Flexible, hybrid class schedules and learning options (online, on campus and on-site)
- Build a personalized track, with part-time and full-time options
- Valuable discounts for Wake Med, UNC Rex Healthcare, and UNC Physicians Network employees
- One on one advising and coaching
William Peace University’s RN to BSN Program is scheduled to undergo an evaluation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in September 2020.
Third party comments are being sought from constituents (students, faculty, healthcare partners, interested parties) regarding the RN to BSN Program’s qualifications for accreditation.
Written third-party comments must be in English and submitted to the CCNE by August 31, 2020. All comments should be directed to: thirdpartycomments@
Nursing (RN to BSN)
The RN to BSN program is for registered nurses who hold an Associate’s Degree or Diploma in nursing, with a grade of C or better in all prior courses, and a current valid RN license in the State of North Carolina. Earning a BSN can help a registered nurse broaden their understanding of nursing practice, expand their potential career opportunities, and help meet the Institute of Medicine’s goal that 80% of registered nurses hold a bachelor’s degree by 2020.
Nursing is offered as a major (BS) at William Peace University (SPS only). NSG courses are restricted to students registered in the RN to BSN program.
Career Success with a BSN Degree
A nursing degree is one of the most reliable and fulfilling career paths known. Very few jobs have the security, opportunity, and stability to weather any economic challenges, than nursing. What other career delivers job offers to students months prior to graduation?
Nationally, the average salary for someone holding a BSN degree is $79,624. While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $113,829.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) most recent 2019 report found that the number of BSN-prepared nurses is at an all-time high of 56% of all RNs. And according to a 2019 survey by Medscape, there was a pretty big difference in pay between RNs who had their Bachelor’s degrees and those who did not.
What Can I do With a BSN?
While this isn’t an all-encompassing list, this will give you an idea of a typical set of responsibilities for a nurse with a BSN:
- Developing nursing care treatment plans
- Treating patients for illnesses, injuries, and other medical condition
- Providing support to patients and their families in coping with a specific illness or medical condition
- Educating patients—and the public at large—about how to improve their health habits
- Supervising other nurses and assign hospital tasks based on patient care plans
- Administering medications and injections
- Assisting doctors during surgeries or major procedures
- Performing routine lab work
Where Can I Work?
- Private medical and surgical hospitals: 48% of nurses work in private hospitals. In this setting, you’ll treat a broad spectrum of illnesses and injuries. Some of the most common areas nurses are needed are in surgery, the maternity ward, and the emergency room.
- Physicians’ offices: Working in a physicians’ office generally means less emergency situations and better regularity in hours. Nurses’ duties in a physicians’ office include prepping patients, overseeing records and giving injections.
- Public medical and surgical hospitals: Public hospitals are now less common in the U.S., so fewer nurses are employed there. Working in a public hospital includes assisting in the maternity ward and emergency room, as well as keeping patient records and administering medications.
- Home health care services: You’ll work to make sure your patient receives the medication and care that he or she needs. Patients might be children with medical needs that their parents can’t meet, or they might be adults who are unable to care for themselves.
- Nursing care facilities: Nurse duties in these facilities may include providing elderly patient care, including bathing and assisting in daily activities. Other nursing care facilities provide rehabilitation care for patients who were recently released from the hospitals.
1. Why should I get a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing?
- Many hospitals require a BSN for continued employment.
- A BSN is a requirement for many nursing roles especially in leadership and advanced nursing roles.
- A BSN based in liberal studies will provide you with an educational background similar to other health professions.
- A BSN will promote your personal and professional growth, development, and fulfillment.
2. What are the admission eligibility criteria for the RN to BSN program?
- A current unrestricted nursing license to practice as a RN, either diploma or associate’s degree.
- Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.0 or higher.
3. How many credits do I need for the RN to BSN program at WPU, and how can I get them?
- 120 credit hours are needed to complete a Bachelor’s degree program.
- The 120 total hours consist of 1) 30 hours of nursing course work from your associate nursing degree or diploma, 2) 60 hours Liberal Education hours taken at WPU or transferred in, and 3) 30 hours of WPU upper division nursing courses.
- Up to 90 credit hours may be transferred in (30 prior nursing and 60 Liberal education).
4. Is there a time limit on transfer of credit to WPU?
- Courses taken at regionally accredited higher education institutions where a grade of C- or higher was earned will be accepted for transfer credit provided the course or courses are similar to a course or courses offered at William Peace University and are applicable to a William Peace University degree program.
5. When can I begin the RN to BSN program?
- The School of Professional Studies offers six start dates a year: August, October, January, March, May, and June. Liberal education courses may be started at any of these times during the academic year. It is recommended to have the majority of liberal education courses completed prior to starting your nursing courses.
- Although students may start nursing courses at any time, it is recommended to start in the Spring (January) or Fall (August) to simplify the sequencing of the nursing courses.
6. How quickly can I earn the BSN at WPU?
- The nursing curriculum can be completed in as little as 12 months. The length of time depends on the number of credit hours transferred in and the student’s pace of study.
7. Is this program available via distance (online) education?
- This is a hybrid program. Some nursing courses will be completely online (fully asynchronous) while some will be hybrid and will meet a few times during the semester.
8. On what days and where do the nursing classes meet?
- Classes will meet on Thursday afternoons and/or evenings depending on the course combinations.
- Classes will meet either in classrooms at WPU’s partner hospitals, WakeMed and Rex Hospital, or on the WPU campus. All classrooms are located in central Raleigh.
9. How do I prepare for this program?
- Apply Here
- Gather all your educational records and transcripts.
- If interested in financial aid for assistance in paying for the program, complete a FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
- Mobilize your spouses, family, and friends to be your support system.
- Prepare to reorganize your commitments and other activities to open up time to accommodate your new academic endeavors.
- Hone your computer skills e.g. how to use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint.
- Gather proof of nursing licensure, CPR, TB and other immunizations.
- Be prepared to do a background and drug test (and catch up on outdated immunizations) prior to taking clinical nursing courses.
10. What are the required nursing courses?
11. What are the clinical/practicum requirements?
- To meet educational and accreditation requirements, RN to BSN students are required to do 126 clinical hours, which will be completed by doing direct and indirect hours. Simulated experiences may also be included.
- Prior to clinical courses, all required documents (e.g. background, drug tests, and immunizations) must be completed.
Note: This applies only to students from non-partnered health systems.
- Students may complete some of their clinical hours at their place of employment.
12. What are the costs?
- Tuition for Hospital Partners: Nursing Courses $198 per credit hour; General Ed Courses $315 per credit hour.
- Tuition for Non-Hospital Partners: Nursing Courses $220 per credit hour; General Ed Courses $350 per credit hour.
- The application fee is waived to our School of Professional Studies (SPS) students.
- There is a $45 comprehensive fee per semester.
- Textbooks may be rented at discounted rates via the WPU Bookstore.
13. Is support available?
- The School of Professional Studies team is very accessible and ready to help you through your educational journey. An Academic Success Coach serves as academic advisor and provides support and referrals.
- All students have access to the Center for Student Success, including tutoring, academic-focused workshops (e.g. time management, study skills), and coaching.
- The WPU Tutoring Center provides tutoring in the liberal education courses. Tutoring is available in person and virtually.
14. I’ve decided I want to pursue my BSN with WPU. What is my next step?
Dr. Leiper was born and raised in South Africa. She worked as a registered nurse in South Africa, Britain and the United States of America. Dr. Leiper settled into an academic career in 2005 when she joined the faculty at UNC Greensboro. She joined the William Peace family in 2018 to launch the RN to BSN program. Leiper has completed the Academic Nurse Educator Certification Program, a mark of distinction for nursing faculty from the National League of Nursing.
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"Our RN to BSN program is committed to providing a quality education that values professional growth and excellence in patient care."
Kobie Leiper, Ph.D.Asst. Professor of Nursing/RN to BSN Program Director
"I’ll be honest, if it were not for the staff at WPU, I would be putting my BSN off for the 10th year in a row..."
RN to BSN Program Mission
William Peace University’s RN to BSN program mission is to advance the education of registered nurses by enhancing their leadership and critical inquiry skills to promote professional growth and development.