North Carolina Nursing School Programs:
ASN, BSN, RN to BSN, MSN, RN to MSN

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North Carolina Nursing School Programs organized by degree type:

  • ASN
  • BSN
  • BSN Accelerated
  • RN to BSN
  • MSN
  • RN to MSN

Looking for a rewarding career high in demand and with high starting pay? Then becoming a registered nurse is for you!

According to the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nursing field is growing much faster than average with median pay above $32 per hour. These results are partly due to the fact that the nursing field is continually transforming into an increasingly advanced healthcare profession.

The following is a list of accredited nursing school programs organized by degree type: ASN, BSN, BSN Accelerated, RN to BSN, MSN, RN to MSN. Each school has basic information listed about their program, including:

  • Prerequisites (GPA, SAT/ACT, TEAS scores, etc.)
  • Concentrations (MSN degrees)
  • Accreditation
  • Location
  • Length of Program

Why only accredited nursing schools? Because accreditation guarantees you will receive the education and experience you need to pass your state's licensing test. Accreditation means you will be doing your clinicals in a hospital rather than a museum (We wish that was a joke!). Anyone can create an educational program and call it a nursing program, but the only way to guarantee the quality of that program is accreditation by ACEN or CCNE.

North Carolina ADN School Programs


An associate's degree in nursing is basically the only associate's degree that can land you a job making over $20 per hour, guaranteed. However, many hospitals are requiring their nurses to obtain their BSN within 5 years of becoming employed.

Eventually, the Associate's degree in nursing will be phased out completely, since hospitals are being encouraged to have BSN nurses employed by such forces as Magnet status awarded by ANCC. This push towards nurses having a Bachelor's degree comes from the fact that the Registered Nurse position is becoming a more advanced medical profession.

For the time being, while hospitals are still hiring nurse's with associate's degrees, one career pathway some students take is to get their Associate's Degree in Nursing, followed by doing an online RN to BSN program. This pathway is often more cost effective, although finding a job with an associate's degree may be more difficult than for someone having a Bachelor's in Nursing.

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences ADN (ASN)

Cape Fear Community College ADN

  • http://cfcc.edu/adn/
  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Prerequisites: Minimum SAT sub-scores of 500 (Reading, Writing, Math) or ACT (18 English or 22 Reading, and 22 Math) or COMPASS score, Psychological Services Bureau (PSB) Nursing Admission Test score, Minimum 2.5 GPA, Biology, CPR certification, etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Location: Wilmington, NC

Carolinas Healthcare System: Carolinas College of Health Sciences ADN

Catawba Valley Community College ADN

  • http://www.cvcc.edu/Health_Services/Nursing/index.cfm
  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Prerequisites: Minimum SAT 1580 (500 Writing, 500 Reading, 580 Math) or ACT (21 English, 21 Reading, 25 Math) or COMPASS score or ASSET score, Minimum TEAS score of Proficient level, Minimum 2.5 GPA, Biology, Chemistry, etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Location: Hickory, NC

College of the Albemarle ADN

  • http://www.albemarle.edu/adn
  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Prerequisites: Minimum SAT sub-scores of 500 (Reading, English, Math) or ACT (22 Reading, 18 Writing, 22 Math) or COMPASS score or ASSET score, TEAS score, Minimum 2.5 GPA, Biology, Chemistry, etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Location: Elizabeth City, NC

Fayetteville Technical Community College ADN (AAS)

  • Length of Program: 2 years (5 semesters)
  • Prerequisites: Recommended Minimum SAT sub-scores of 500 (Math, Reading, Writing) or ACT sub-scores of 20 (English, Reading, Math), Minimum TEAS score of Proficient, Recommended Minimum 3.0 GPA, CNA-I certification, Anatomy, Physiology, etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Location: Fayetteville, NC

Gardner-Webb University ADN (ASN)

  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Prerequisites: Minimum SAT of 1050 (Minimum 500 Reading & Math sub-scores) or ACT of 22 (Minimum 21 English, 18 Math, 20 Reading) or sufficient TEAS score, Minimum 3.0 GPA, CNA-I certification, etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Location: Boiling Springs, NC

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College ADN

  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Prerequisites: Minimum SAT sub-scores of 500 (Writing, Reading, Math) or ACT (18 Writing, 21 Reading, 22 Math) or COMPASS score, CNA-I certification, TEAS score, CPR certification, Minimum 2.0 GPA, Biology, Chemistry, etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Location: Kannapolis, NC

Sampson Community College ADN

  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Prerequisites: ACT/SAT score, Minimum TEAS score of Proficient, CNA-I certification, Minimum 2.0 GPA, Biology, Chemistry, CPR certification, etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Location: Clinton, NC

Wayne Community College ADN

  • http://www.waynecc.edu/nursing/
  • Length of Program: 2 years (5 semesters)
  • Prerequisites: Minimum SAT sub-scores of 500 (Reading, English, Math) or ACT (22 Reading, 18 Writing, 22 Math) or COMPASS score or ASSET score, etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Location: Goldsboro, NC

Western Piedmont Community College ADN (AAS)

North Carolina BSN Traditional School Programs


Many schools offering BSN traditional programs accept students into the program as Freshman; however some schools consider the first two years to be "pre-nursing" and acceptance into the last two years of the "nursing" portion of the program can be competitive. Be sure to find out if acceptance into the program guarantees acceptance for the entire four years, since this will differ from school to school.

Students obtaining their BSN will be more competitive as job-seekers than their Associate degree peers. However, due to the high growth rate of the nursing field, rarely does a brand new Registered Nurse have problems finding a job within the first six months, no matter what kind of degree they have.

East Carolina University BSN Traditional

Fayetteville State University BSN Traditional

Gardner-Webb University BSN Traditional

  • Length of Program: 4 years
  • Prerequisites: Minimum SAT of 1050 (Minimum 500 Reading & Math sub-scores) or ACT of 22 (Minimum 21 English, 18 Math, 20 Reading) or sufficient TEAS score, Minimum 3.0 GPA, CNA-I certification, etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Location: Boiling Springs, NC

North Carolina A&T State University BSN Traditional

Queens University of Charlotte BSN Traditional

  • Length of Program: 2 years Nursing + General Education (4 years)
  • Prerequisites: ACT/SAT score, Minimum 3.0 GPA (Cumulative & Prerequisite), Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Statistics, Chemistry, Psychology (General & Developmental), Sociology, Nutrition, English Composition 1 & 2, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Charlotte, NC

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill BSN Traditional

  • Length of Program: 2 years Nursing + 2 years General Education (4 years total)
  • Prerequisites: Minimum 2.8 GPA, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Psychology, Statistics, Chemistry, Biology, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Chapel Hill, NC

University of North Carolina at Charlotte BSN Traditional

  • http://nursing.uncc.edu/degree-programs/undergraduate-bsn
  • Length of Program: 4 years
  • Prerequisites: ACT/SAT score (Recommended Minimum SAT of 1540 or ACT of 22); Minimum 3.0 GPA; Minimum Grade of B: Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Nutrition, Human Growth & Development; etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Charlotte, NC

University of North Carolina at Greensboro BSN Traditional

  • Length of Program: 4 years
  • Prerequisites: Minimum SAT sub-scores of 500 (Reading & Math) or ACT of 21; Minimum 3.0 GPA; Minimum Grade of C: Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology, Life Span Human Development;  etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Greensboro, NC

University of North Carolina at Wilmington BSN Traditional

  • Length of Program: 4 years
  • Prerequisites: TEAS score, Minimum 2.7 GPA, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Biology, Algebra, Statistics, Psychology, Sociology, Lifespan Human Development, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Wilmington, NC

Western Carolina University BSN Traditional

  • Length of Program: 4 years
  • Prerequisites: Minimum SAT sub-scores of 500 (Reading & Math) or ACT equivalent, TEAS score, Minimum 3.0 GPA, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Algebra, Psychology, Speech, English 1 & 2, Nutrition, Pathophysiology, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Cullowhee, NC

Winston-Salem State University BSN Traditional

  • Length of Program: 4 years
  • Prerequisites: Minimum SAT sub-score of 470 (Reading) or ACT of 19 (English), Minimum 2.6 Cumulative GPA, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Statistics, Chemistry, Lifespan Development, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Winston-Salem, NC

North Carolina BSN Accelerated School Programs


BSN Accelerated degrees are for career-changers who already have a Bachelor's degree in a different field. Typically, acceptance into these programs only require that certain prerequisite classes have been taken and that the student has at least a 2.5 to 3.0 GPA.

Duke University BSN Accelerated Second Degree

  • http://nursing.duke.edu/academics/programs/absn
  • Length of Program: 16 months Full-time
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree, Minimum 3.0 GPA, Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score (waived if GPA above 3.4), Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Statistics, Human Growth & Development, Recommended Nutrition, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Durham, NC

East Carolina University BSN Accelerated Second Degree

  • http://www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/nursing/bsn_accel.cfm
  • Length of Program: 12 months Full-time
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree, Minimum 3.0 Cumulative GPA, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry 1 & 2, Algebra, Statistics, Nutrition, Psychology (General & Developmental), Sociology, Ethics, CPR certification, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Greenville, NC

North Carolina A&T State University BSN Accelerated Second Degree

Queens University of Charlotte BSN Accelerated

  • Length of Program: 12 months Full-time (3 semesters)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree, Minimum 3.0 GPA (Cumulative & Prerequisite), CPR certification, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Statistics, Chemistry, Psychology (General & Developmental), Sociology, Nutrition, English Composition 1 & 2, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Charlotte, NC

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill BSN Accelerated Second Degree

  • Length of Program: 4 semesters Accelerated; 6 semesters Traditional
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree, Minimum 3.0 GPA, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Statistics, Psychology, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Chapel Hill, NC

Western Carolina University BSN Accelerated Second Degree

  • Length of Program: 1.5 years (4 semesters)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree, TEAS score, Minimum 3.0 GPA, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry (Intro & Organic/Biochemistry), Psychology, Nutrition, Pathophysiology, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Cullowhee, NC

Winston-Salem State University BSN Accelerated Second Degree

  • Length of Program: 13 months Full-time
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree, Minimum SAT sub-score of 470 (Reading) or ACT of 19 (English), Minimum 2.6 Cumulative GPA, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Statistics, Chemistry, Lifespan Development, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Winston-Salem, NC

North Carolina RN to BSN School Programs


Most RN to BSN school programs are offered online, or are a hybrid of online/on-campus courses. These schools assume you are currently working as an RN, and since you have already proven a certain level of knowledge with your licensure, they often offer great flexibility for obtaining your BSN.

The RN to BSN program option has gained in popularity due to the push towards requiring nurses to have a Bachelor's level education.

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences RN to BSN

East Carolina University RN to BSN

  • http://www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/nursing/rnbsn.cfm
  • Prerequisites: ADN degree; North Carolina RN license (or NCSBON-compact state); Minimum 2.5 GPA; Minimum Grade of C in Prerequisites: Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Algebra, Chemistry, Psychology (General & Developmental), Sociology, Nutrition, Statistics, English Composition; etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Online (Greenville, NC)

Fayetteville State University RN to BSN

Gardner-Webb University RN to BSN

  • Length of Program: 1-2 years
  • Prerequisites: ADN degree, RN license, Minimum 2.5 GPA, Minimum 1 year Nursing Experience (Unless recently completed nursing program within last year), etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Location: Online (Boiling Springs, NC)
  • Details: Students in the RN to BSN program at Gardner-Webb University can receive dual credit for up to 6 graduate credit hours to count towards their BSN and MSN degrees if they enroll in the RN to MSN program.

North Carolina A&T State University RN to BSN

Queens University of Charlotte RN to BSN

  • Prerequisites: ADN degree, RN license, Minimum 2.5 GPA, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Statistics, Psychology (General & Developmental), Sociology, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Charlotte, NC
  • Details: RN to BSN students have the option of taking three graduate-level courses to count as dual credit towards their BSN and MSN.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte RN to BSN

University of North Carolina at Greensboro RN to BSN

  • Length of Program: 1-2 years
  • Prerequisites: ADN degree; North Carolina RN license; Minimum SAT sub-scores of 500 (Reading & Math) or ACT of 21; Minimum 3.0 GPA; Minimum Grade of C: Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology, Life Span Human Development; etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Greensboro, NC

University of North Carolina at Wilmington RN to BSN

  • Length of Program: 12 months
  • Prerequisites: ADN degree, RN license, Minimum 2.5 GPA, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Biology, Algebra, Statistics, Psychology, Sociology, Lifespan Human Development, English 1 & 2, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Online (Wilmington, NC)

Western Carolina University RN to BSN

  • Length of Program: 2 years Part-time
  • Prerequisites: ADN degree, RN license, Minimum 2.5 GPA, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Psychology, Algebra (or higher), Speech, English Composition 1 & 2, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Online (Cullowhee, NC)
  • Details: Western Carolina University's RN to MSN Early-Entry Option allows for RN to BSN students to take up to 8 graduate credit hours to count as dual credit towards their BSN and MSN degrees.

Winston-Salem State University RN to BSN

  • Length of Program: 12 months Full-time
  • Prerequisites: ADN degree, RN license, Anatomy, Physiology, Statistics, Lifespan Development (Developmental Psychology), etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Winston-Salem, NC

North Carolina MSN Traditional School Programs


The basic MSN options are Nursing Education, Nursing Leadership, and various Nurse Practitioners. Typically, nursing education and leadership are offered online and are easier to obtain. However, due to the ease of obtaining these MSN degrees and the lack of jobs in the field (in relation to supply), it is not uncommon for RN's with MSN's in education or leadership to have difficulty finding a job.

Conversely, Nurse Practitioners are in high demand, having much of the authority of Medical Doctors. If you visit an outpatient clinic, the person seeing you may actually be an NP instead of a doctor, which is a growing trend in the healthcare field. A Nurse Practitioner is a professional somewhere in-between a Medical Doctor (MD) and a Physician's Assistant (PA).

Also a growing trend is a desire for Nurse Practitioners with Doctorate degrees (DNP), as the NP profession becomes more and more like the MD end of the spectrum. This typically means more authority and more pay.

Duke University MSN Traditional

  • http://nursing.duke.edu/academics/programs/msn/msn
  • Concentrations: Adult Acute Nurse Practitioner, Adult Primary Nurse Practitioner (Cardiology and Oncology specializations available), Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Acute Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Leadership, Nursing Education, Nursing Informatics, Nurse Anesthesia
  • Length of Program: 2 years Full-time; 3 years Part-time (varies by concentration)
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, RN license, Minimum 3.0 GPA, Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score (waived if GPA above 3.4), Recommended 1 year Nursing Experience, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Online / Durham, NC

East Carolina University MSN Traditional

  • http://www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/nursing/masters_overview.cfm
  • Concentrations: Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetists, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Administator, Nurse Educator, Nurse Midwives
  • Length of Program: 2-3 years
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, North Carolina RN license (or NCSBON-compact state), Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score, Minimum 2.7 General GPA & Minimum 3.0 Nursing GPA, Statistics, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Greenville, NC

Gardner-Webb University MSN Traditional

  • Concentrations: Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN/MBA dual degree
  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, RN license, GRE or MAT score, Minimum 2.7 GPA (Administration & Education), Minimum 3.0 GPA (Family Nurse Practitioner), Minimum 2 years Nursing Experience (Family Nurse Practitioner only), Statistics, Health Assessment, Community Health class, etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Location: Online / Boiling Springs, NC
  • Details: Many classes are offered either online, or in a hybrid format.

Queens University of Charlotte MSN Traditional

  • Concentrations: Health Systems Management, Nurse Educator, Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Length of Program: 2-3 years
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, RN license, Minimum 3.0 GPA, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Charlotte, NC (Online - CNL)
  • Details: The Clinical Nurse Leader concentration is an online program.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill MSN Traditional

  • Concentrations: Adult Primary Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Leader, Nurse Educator, Nursing Informatics, Nursing Administration, etc.
  • Length of Program: 1.5 - 2 years Full-time
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, RN license, Minimum 1 year Nursing Experience (Field-specific), Recommended Minimum 3.0 GPA, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Chapel Hill, NC

University of North Carolina at Charlotte MSN Traditional

University of North Carolina at Greensboro MSN Traditional

  • Concentrations: Nursing Administration, Nursing Education (MSN/MBA program available).
  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, North Carolina RN license, GRE or MAT score, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Online (Greensboro, NC)

University of North Carolina at Wilmington MSN Traditional

  • Concentration: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Length of Program: 2.5 years Full-time; 3.5 years Part-time
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, North Carolina RN license, GRE or MAT score, Minimum 3.0 GPA, Minimum 1 year Nursing Experience (as a BSN nurse), Nursing Research, Statistics, Leadership class, Community Health class, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Wilmington, NC

Western Carolina University MSN Traditional

  • MSN Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Educator, Nursing Leadership
  • Length of Program: 2-3 years
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, RN license, GRE or MAT score, Minimum 3.0 GPA (last 60 credit hours), Statistics, Research class, Minimum 1 year Nursing Experience, Additional Nurse Anesthesia Requirements, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Online / Cullowhee, NC
  • Details: The Nurse Educator and Leadership concentrations are online programs.

Winston-Salem State University MSN Traditional

  • Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator
  • Length of Program: 2 years Full-time; 3 years Part-time
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, RN license (North Carolina or Compact State), GRE or MAT score, Minimum 2.7 GPA, Statistics, Research, Health Assessment, Minimum 1 year Nursing Experience (waived if GPA above 3.0 and high enough GRE score), etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Winston-Salem, NC

North Carolina RN to MSN School Programs


For Registered Nurses who want to obtain their BSN and MSN at the same time, or for RN's who have a Bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field, many schools offer RN to MSN programs. The only drawback to these programs is that generally only Nursing Education and Nursing Leadership are possible degree concentrations. If you have any interest in becoming a Nurse Practitioner, then the more traditional route is more appropriate.

Note: Some schools do not award a BSN through their RN to MSN option, offering only a direct path from ASN to MSN. Your work experience will likely play a large role in finding a job with your MSN if you do not have a Bachelor's degree to go with it.

Gardner-Webb University RN to BSN to MSN

  • MSN Concentrations: Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Length of Program: 1-2 years RN-BSN + 2 years MSN
  • Prerequisites: ADN degree, RN license, Minimum 2.5 GPA, Minimum 1 year Nursing Experience (Unless recently completed nursing program within last year), etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Location: Online / Boiling Springs, NC
  • Details: Students in the RN to BSN program at Gardner-Webb University can receive dual credit for up to 6 graduate credit hours to count towards their BSN and MSN degrees. Many MSN classes are offered either online or in hybrid formats.

Queens University of Charlotte RN to BSN to MSN

  • Concentrations: Health Systems Management, Nurse Educator, Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Length of Program: RN-BSN + 2-3 years MSN
  • Prerequisites: ADN degree, RN license, Minimum 2.5 GPA, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Statistics, Psychology (General & Developmental), Sociology, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Charlotte, NC
  • Details: RN to BSN students have the option of taking three graduate-level courses to count as dual credit towards their BSN and MSN.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill RN to MSN

  • Concentrations: Adult Primary Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Leader, Nurse Educator, Nursing Informatics, Nursing Administration, etc.
  • Length of Program: 2.5 - 3 years Full-time
  • Prerequisites: ADN degree, RN license, Minimum 1 year Nursing Experience (Field-specific), Recommended Minimum 3.0 GPA, Anatomy, Physiology, Statistics, Human Growth & Development, English Composition, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Chapel Hill, NC

University of North Carolina at Charlotte RN to BSN to MSN

Western Carolina University RN to BSN to MSN

  • Concentrations: Nurse Educator, Nursing Leadership, Nurse Anesthesia
  • Length of Program: 2 years Part-time RN-BSN + 2 years MSN
  • Prerequisites: ADN degree, RN license, GRE or MAT score, Minimum 3.0 GPA (last 60 credit hours), Statistics, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Psychology, Algebra (or higher), Speech, English Composition 1 & 2, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Online / Cullowhee, NC
  • Details: Western Carolina University's RN to MSN Early-Entry Option allows for RN to BSN students to take up to 8 graduate credit hours to count as dual credit towards their BSN and MSN degrees. The Nurse Educator and Leadership concentrations are online programs.


State List of Nursing School Programs

Disclaimer: Nursing schools sometimes change their prerequisites and other information. Accreditation is also renewable, which means nursing schools can lose their accreditation. While we attempt to keep all information up-to-date, the most reliable source of information is the actual nursing school website (links are provided). This website is for information purposes only and currently has no affiliation with any particular nursing school.

Nursing Abbreviations: Quick Reference


Abbreviations for Degrees and Titles

  • ASN/ADN = Associate of Science in Nursing / Associate Degree in Nursing
  • BSN = Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN = Master of Science in Nursing
  • CNA = Certified Nursing Assistant
  • LPN = Licensed Practical Nurse
  • RN = Registered Nurse
  • NP = Nurse Practitioner (Masters/Doctorate degree level education)
  • CNS = Clinical Nurse Specialist (Masters/Doctorate degree level education)

College Assessment Exams

  • ACT = American College Testing program (Undergraduate college entrance exam)
  • SAT = Scholastic Aptitude Test (Undergraduate college entrance exam)
  • TEAS = Test of Essential Academic Skills
  • HESI A2 = Health Education Systems Inc. Admission Assessment
  • GRE = Graduate Record Examination (Graduate college entrance exam)

Accreditation Agencies

  • ACEN = Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
  • CCNE = Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

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