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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Yolanda M. VanRiel, PhD, RN, MEDSURG-BC, OCN, CNE, ANEF
Department Chair
Telephone: (919) 530-7232
Fax: (919) 530-5343
Main Office: 3401 New Nursing Building

The Department of Nursing offers four options leading to the Bachelor of Science of Nursing (BSN): Traditional BSN, Accelerated BSN, Veterans BSN and RN-BSN. The nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing.


The Mission of the Department of Nursing is to prepare compassionate and caring nurse leaders in health care who transform communities.


Our vision is to be recognized as a regional nursing education program highly regarded for preparing culturally sensitive health care leaders.

Core Values

The core values of the Department of Nursing are as follows:

  • Collaboration: Partnerships between various health care professionals, patients and their families in shared decision-making and coordination of care across the continuum of health care settings.
  • Inclusivity: A culture of respect for all forms of diversity and shared governance throughout the Department of Nursing.
  • Integrity: Model professional behavior with adherence to moral and ethical principles.
  • Efficiency: The effective use of resources to improve the quality of nursing education.
  • Diversity: Inclusion without regard to racial, ethnic or cultural origin, age or gender.
  • Caring: An abiding concern and compassion for the protection and progress of self and others.
  • Cultural sensitivity: Maintaining the knowledge, attitude and skills that support caring for people across various cultures.

The Traditional BSN option is offered to qualified high school graduates, transfer, and licensed practical nurses. It is also an option for those seeking a second undergraduate degree that have below a 3.0 cumulative GPA.  All applicants are required to have:

  • 2.8 Math and Science GPA, with no more than 2 failures in math or science courses. Math/Science courses time-out after 5 years.
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA at NCCU
  • Meet the Departmental benchmark for ATI TEAS exam.The exam evaluates student’s math, science, reading, English, and language skills.

The Accelerated BSN option is offered to students who have completed a bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution. This option is completed in less than a year and a half. All applicants are required to have:

  • 2.8 Math and Science GPA, with no more than 2 failures at a math or science course. Math/Science courses time-out after 5 years.
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA in the first baccalaureate degree
  • Meet the Departmental benchmark for ATI TEAS exam.The exam evaluates student’s math, science, reading, English, and language skills.

The RN-BSN option is offered to registered nurses leading to a BSN degree. It is 100% online with a practicum in NURS 4580 Community Health Nursing. This program option may be completed within two academic semesters, with 30 credit hours in residence at NC Central University.  Graduation requirement of 120 credit hours includes Advanced Placement Credit (61 credit hours), General Education Courses (37 credit hours) and Upper Division Nursing Courses (22 credit hours).

Applicants must:

  • Meet the University Admissions requirements. Upon acceptance, students may begin nursing courses in the Fall or Spring semester.
  • Must have a valid, unrestricted RN NC license.

The Veterans BSN option is offered to armed forces veterans from any branch, including past service in the Reserves or National Guard, who have military health experience or training. Veterans who served as registered nurses (ADN), nursing assistants, medics, and licensed practical nurses. Individuals with a dishonorable discharge are ineligible. Veterans can choose from any of the above-mentioned options (Traditional, ABSN, RN-BSN), but must abide by the program requirements listed beneath the selected option.

Program Notes:

Students that have failed out of a Nursing program at another institution (this includes community colleges) are ineligible for admissions into the Nursing program.

Students must complete math and science required courses with a “C” or better prior to admission to the nursing program. 

Two (2) failures in any course with a letter grade of D or F results in ineligibility for Nursing Admissions.



Nursing - Traditional, B.S.N.

***All General Education Courses Must Be Completed Prior to Admission to Nursing***

Curriculum Requirements

Nursing courses completed at other institutions are not accepted as transfer credits. Students who were not successful in other nursing programs are ineligible for admission to nursing at NC Central University. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for admission to nursing.

1. 126 Semester Hours:

Students must complete a minimum of 126 semester hours with a cumulative average of 77 in all nursing courses. Students who are unsuccessful in a nursing course are dismissed from the Nursing program and may submit an appeal to the Nursing Department for readmission.  Two failures in any nursing course results in permanent dismissal from nursing.

2. General Education Requirement:

Freshman and sophomore years:  complete General Education Curriculum required by the university as detailed on the four-year course of study.  Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 in math/science courses. Students may not repeat grades of C or better but may audit without credit.  All required Math/Science courses should be completed by the end of fall semester of the sophomore year.


All general education requirements must be complete prior to admission to the nursing program.  If necessary, no more than two GEC courses can be taken after admission to the nursing program.


3. Program Requirements:

Non-departmental requirements:

MATH 1100 - College Algebra and Trigonometry I (3) *
BIOL 1300 - Molecules and Cell Function (4) *
HEDU 1531 - Health (2) *
BIOL 1610 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4) +
CHEM 1000 - Physical Science Related to Chemistry (3) +
CHEM 1500 - Chemistry and Human Life (3) +
BIOL 1620 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4) +
PSY 2100 - General Psychology (3) *
BIOL 2510 - Introduction to Microbes and Disease (4) +
FOOD 2200 - Introduction to Human Nutrition (3) +
KIN 1541 - Fitness (2) *
MATH 1110 - Elementary Statistics (3) +
* Course may be used to fulfill a GEC Requirement
+ Course must be completed in addition to a GEC Requirement


Departmental requirements (must have a ‘77-’ or better):

Pre- Nursing Courses - Must complete the spring of the sophomore year, prior to beginning the nursing program.

4. Concentration Requirements (must have a cumulative average of ‘77’ or better to progress

NURS 2201 - Pathophysiology (3)
NURS 3302 - Foundations of Clinical Nursing (3)
NURS 3466 - Adult Health I (7)
NURS 3470 - Junior Seminar I (1)
NURS 3301 - Pharmacology in Nursing (3)
NURS 4202 - Nursing Care of the Older Adult (2)
NURS 3462 - Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing (5)
NURS 4410 - Nursing Research (3)
NURS 4002 - Nursing Care of the Child (4)
NURS 4003 - Maternity Nursing (4)
NURS 4102 - Community Health Nursing (5)
NURS 4472 - Synthesis of Nursing Concepts I (1)
NURS 4000 - Leadership and Management (3)
NURS 4473 - Synthesis of Nursing Concepts II (2)

5. Additional Requirements

Demonstrate proficiency on selected clinical skills and proficiency in the clinical settings.


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