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The RN-BSN track at Queens offers a curriculum designed to facilitate career advancement while meeting the diverse learning needs of Registered Nurses who have completed an associate degree or diploma program in nursing. The length of the program will vary, depending upon prior academic preparation and individual course plans. Students in the RN-BSN track are admitted to Queens through Hayworth School of Graduate and Continuing Studies

Emphasis in the admissions decision is placed on the academic history of the applicant. The intent is to offer admission to those whose credentials indicate a strong likelihood for success in the bachelor degree curriculum. Queens selects the best qualified candidates from those completing the application process and meeting the minimum admission requirements.

Admission to the RN-BSN track is a two-step process. The first step is to apply to Queens through the Hayworth School of Graduate and Continuing Studies (see Hayworth Admissions). Applicants may complete remaining course prerequisites and degree requirements through Hayworth School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. The second step is to apply to the RN-BSN track. Applicants may contact Admissions with questions about the application process. For more information please view the Nursing Admissions page

Degree Requirements

In addition to nursing courses, RN-BSN students must satisfy the general education requirements of
Hayworth College.  Prerequisites to the nursing major may also meet several of those degree requirements.  The number of courses each student is required to take is dependent on the student's previous academic achievement.  For lists of courses meeting these requirements see Hayworth College General Education requirements. Depending on the number of hours transferred, electives may be needed in order to achieve the required 120 credit hours for the degree.

Residency Requirement

Normally a student earning their first baccalaureate degree must complete at least 45 credit hours for the degree at Queens. However, the residency is reduced for students in the RN-BSN track.  

Prerequisite Courses

All prerequisite courses (which are listed below) should be completed prior to enrollment, with a grade of "C-" or higher. Students may have up to 4 credit hours of course prerequisites remaining to complete during the first semester in the program.

BIOL 120 Microbiology for Health Professions (with lab) (4)
BIOL 213 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (with lab) (4)
BIOL 214 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (with lab) (4)
MATH 106 Introductory Statistics (3)
PSYC 201 General Psychology (3)
PSYC 320 Developmental Psychology (3)
SOCI 203 Principles of Sociology (3) or ANTH 201 Cultural Anthropology (3)

Program Curriculum

The RN-BSN curriculum is currently under review.  Revisions will be posted on the this website following faculty approval.

Nursing major courses for RN-BSN students must be taken in the following sequence:

NURN 301 Health Assessment Across Lifespan (4)
NURN 310 Nursing: A Practice Discipline (3)
NURN 474 Research and Evidence (3)
NURN 470 Gerontological Nursing (3)
NURN 375 Health Informatics (3)
NURN 475 Leadership Development (3)
NURN 402 Public Health and Community Health Nursing (4)
NURN 454 Nursing Perspectives (3)
NURN 442 RN-BSN Synthesis (4)

Total program nursing major requirements: 30 hrs
 *Upon completion of NURN 310 as validation, RNs will be awarded 36 credits toward the degree for previous academic work.
**Clinical courses are competency based.

Presbyterian School of Nursing at Queens University of Charlotte reserves the right to make changes in the curriculum, course offerings, fees, financial aid, requirements and regulations as may be necessary and without providing prior notices. 

 Transition to MSN Graduate Studies

Students enrolled in the RN-BSN track may take three courses (9 credit hours) at the graduate level in place of three courses normally taken at the undergraduate level for the BSN:

NURS 612 Theoretical Foundations may be substituted for NURN 454 Nursing Perspectives
NURS 628 Informatics in Health Care may be substituted for NURN 375 Health Informatics
NURS 632 Research Methods may be substituted for NURN 474 Research and Evidence

These courses may be applied to the MSN program at Queens.  Students must apply to the graduate program in order to continue MSN coursework.  All admission criteria must be met to continue in the MSN program.   

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