Wanda K. Lawrence, Professor & Chair
Telephone: (919) 530-7232
Fax: (919) 530-5343
Main Office: New Nursing Building Rm. 3401A
The Department of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program. Graduates of the Traditional, Veterans and Accelerated BSN program tracks may apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for registered nurses. The nursing program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing.
The program curriculum nine semesters, with the last five semesters focused on nursing. The first four semesters include courses to provide knowledge in the natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, humanities and the pre-nursing courses. The baccalaureate program establishes the basis for entry into professional practice as well as graduate study in nursing.
The purpose of the nursing program is to provide the knowledge and skills needed to function as a professional nurse in a variety of health care settings. Throughout the curriculum the student will address and integrate competencies for professional nursing practice including critical thinking, decision making, communication, leadership, and technology proficiency to respond to changing needs and evolving environments of today’s health care settings. There are four nursing options in the BSN program.
The Accelerated BSN program (completion in 14 months of nursing courses) is open to students who have completed an undergraduate four year degree in another discipline and who meet criteria for admission. Students in the Traditional Option are first-time or transfer college students. The Veterans BSN provides an opportunity for students with military experience with medical or health experience, to enroll in the nursing program with potential for accelerating courses based upon military training and medical skills. The RN-BSN option admits registered nurses who are graduates of associate degree or diploma programs. The RN-BSN nursing option was ranked #17 in the nation for the best on-line nursing option among the nation’s top 30 online nursing programs for 2016, according to College Values Online, which evaluated the programs based on quality and value.
Nursing Program Admissions Policy
Students admitted to the nursing program must meet the admission policy for the University, in addition to nursing requirements. Admission to the nursing program is competitive. Admission is determined also by the available number of spaces as approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON). Students must complete General Education Courses and Prerequisite courses prior to admission to the nursing program. ( When necessary, only two GEC courses can be completed after admission to nursing) Admission to the Nursing program is offered at different intervals, depending on the program option.
Students who meet the following will have priority for admission to the nursing program for both traditional, veterans and accelerated options:
- First Time Science pass
- Achievement of “B” or greater in Math and Science perquisite courses (M/S GPA > 3.0)
- Cumulative GPA >3.4
Students who fail other nursing programs are not eligible for admission to the nursing program.
If students wish to transfer to the NCCU Nursing program from other nursing schools,
and have failed a course, they must apply with a letter of recommendation from the nursing administration from that school.
MINIMAL ADMISSION TO THE TRADITIONAL/VETERANS BSN PROGRAM
a. Applicants to the Nursing program must complete a pre-admission assessment examination and score the required benchmark or greater on the examination.
b.A cumulative GPA of 2.7 or greater and a GPA of 2.7 or greater in the Mathematics and Natural Sciences are required: Biology 1300, Biology 1610, Biology 1620 and Microbiology 3200; Chemistry 1000 and 1500; and Mathematics 1100. Math and Natural Science courses must be completed within 5 years before admission to NCCU. (Effective Summer 2019 cumulative GPA 3.0 and math/science 2.8).
c. Completion of all nursing prerequisite courses listed under Course Requirements with a grade of “C” (77%). (80% effective Summer 2018).
d. Completion of a minimum of 64 semester hours to achieve Junior status.
e. Completion of the application process for admission to the upper division.
ADMISSION TO THE ACCELERATED BSN PROGRAM Option
a. Proof of completion of Bachelor’s degree.
b. Applicants to the Nursing program must complete a pre-admission assessment examination and are required to score benchmark or greater on the examination.
c. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 2.8 in the Mathematics and Natural Sciences is required: Biology 1300, 1610, 1620 and 3200; Chemistry 1000 and 1500; and Mathematics 1100. Math and Natural Science courses completed no more than 5 years before admission to NCCU.
d. Completion of all nursing prerequisite courses listed under Course Requirements with a grade of “C” (77%) for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. (80% effective Summer 2018).
e. Completion of the application process for admission to Nursing.
THE RN-BSN COMPLETION PROGRAM
a. Graduation from a North Carolina Board of Nursing approved nursing program.
b. Current and unrestricted license to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Employment.
c. Admission to North Carolina Central University.
d. Completion of the General Education Curriculum and prerequisites for the nursing major.
* Second degree RN-BSN student may have the 30 hour NCCU course requirement waived.
* 22 semester hours in nursing are required to complete the BSN and 8 semester hours of GE courses.