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Pre-Licensure Program

The Pre-licensure BSN option is 4½ academic years in length and encompasses two phases.

The first phase is comprised of 62 semester credit hours of lower-division work, including liberal arts and nursing prerequisites. The broad educational background in the physical, social, and behavioral sciences afforded by this phase provides the foundation for the nursing major.

The second phase is comprised of 62 semester credit hours of upper-division work in the nursing major and is completed within the Department of Nursing. Taken during the junior and senior years, these courses are designed to prepare the baccalaureate nurses for practice in a variety of settings.

Students are admitted to the baccalaureate nursing program at the upper division level. Lower division courses must be completed before beginning nursing courses. The first nursing courses begin in the second summer session preceding the junior year.

The nursing curriculum includes both didactic and clinical experiences for students to develop a beginning level of competency and independence in the provision of quality professional nursing services, across the life span, for individuals, families, groups, and communities. Integrated throughout the nursing curriculum are concepts and skills most critical to the delivery of professional nursing services to culturally diverse rural populations.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing will be awarded to students who successfully complete both phases of the requirements for the degree. Degree recipients will then be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

A registered nurse (RN) license will be awarded upon a successful ―Pass on NCLEX-RN and satisfaction of other Board of Nursing licensure requirements.

Pre-Licensure Admission Requirements

Students who wish to apply for admission into the pre-licensure BSN program must have fulffiled the following requirements:

1. Admission to UNCP by meeting general requirements for admission as a regular degree seeking student.

2. Successful completion of all 62 hours of general education nursing core (46 hours) and pre-requisite nursing major (16 hours) courses with a grade of C or better prior to Summer Session II of the year of admission.

3. A cumulative GPA of 2.8 (4.0=A) is required. Each student’s total GPA is calculated on all transferable college courses attempted at all accredited institutions of higher education according to the UNCP Admissions Office guidelines.

4. A cumulative GPA of 2.8 (4.0=A) in the following courses: College Algebra, CHEM I and Lab, CHEM II and Lab, Microbiology, Anatomy I and Anatomy II.

5. Physical, mental, and emotional health that enables a student to participate in and complete the program (see departmental policies).

6. Submission of a supplemental application to the Department of Nursing by January 15 of the year the applicant plans to enter the BSN program. All applicants will be notified of acceptance status no later than March 15.


Pre-Licensure Pre-Requisite Requirements

General Education and Support Courses
Composition: ENG 1050, 1060
Arts & Humanities: restricted selection *,

PHI 1010 required

General Education Electives: SPE 1020 required unless students test out; if testing out, students will need another 3 hours from general education electives
Social Sciences: PSY 1010, SOC 1020, restricted selection*
Natural Sciences/Math: CHM 1400, 1410; CHM lab 1120, 1130; MAT 1070 or higher
Physical Education: restricted selection*
Anatomy & Physiology: BIO 2110, 2120
Microbiology: BIO 3150
Biology: BIO 1000
Statistics: PSY 2080, SOC 3600, or MAT 2100
Health Tecnology & Informatics: NUR 2000
Required Nursing Courses
NUR 3010, 3030, 3040, 3050, 3100, 3150, 3200, 3250, 3450, 3500, 4000, 4120, 4150, 4350, 4450, 4510


*Refer to General Education Requirements section of the University catalog for restricted elective choices.

Updated: Tuesday, July 30, 2013


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