RN to BSN Practicum (120 contact hours) students are required to complete two sets of practicum rotations under NSG 384 and NSG 483. Practicum requirements for both courses must be satisfied at sites available throughout western North Carolina.


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RN to BSN Curriculum

The RN to BSN required courses are laid out in four six-hour blocks plus some required electives.

Course Descriptions

Introductory RN to BSN Block: Must take as the first block #

  • NSG 301, Professional Transitions in Nursing, 3 hrs
  • NSG 398, APA Writing Style and Format, 1 hr
  • NSG 399, Clinical Update for RNs, 2 hrs *

Community Health Block: May be taken as the second or third block

  • NSG 302, Community Health Nursing I: Theory, 3 hrs
  • NSG 305, Community Health Nursing, III: Intervention Project, 2 hrs
  • NSG 384, Community Health Nursing II: Practicum, 1 hr **

Leadership Block: May be taken as the second or third block

  • NSG 460, Nursing Leadership I: Theory, 3 hrs
  • NSG 483, Nursing Leadership II: Practicum, 2 hrs **
  • NSG 484, Nursing Leadership III: Intervention Project, 1 hr

Research Block: Should be taken as the final block

  • NSG 471, Nursing Research I: Research Process, 2 hrs
  • NSG 472, Nursing Research II: Critical Reading, 2 hrs
  • NSG 473, Nursing Research III: Clinical Application, 2 hrs

Electives: Six to Eight hours of WCU upper-division (300-400 level) electives (or 500 level MSN courses in the RN to MSN fast-entry option) complete the program.
  • 61 transfer hours: 8 upper level elective hours are required
  • 62 or more transfer hours: 6 upper level elective hours are required
  • Distance learning liberal studies electives are available in social work, philosophy and religion, anthropology, health sciences, law, and other disciplines that appeal to students' needs and interests. These vary each semester.
  • Electives may be taken along with the RN to BSN blocks or during a semester on their own.
    • Some students take all their elective hours during the summer
  • WCU requires at least one of the upper level electives to be designated as an "Upper Level Perspective" elective, unless student possesses an approved BA, AA or AS degree.
Students are not to take their electives during the Introductory Block unless they have permission from the Program Director.


** Practicums:
  • Students are required to complete two practicum courses: Community Health Nursing and Nursing Leadership
  • These two blocks require on-site practicums which can be arranged in your community.
  • Practicum times are flexible and arranged with agencies and preceptors in your region.
  • Practicum requirements for both courses can be satisfied at sites convenient to the student’s residence and typically require up to 60 hours of on-site experience per course.
  • Students are responsible for identifying and establishing their preferred site and preceptor in the semesters prior to enrolling in the practicum courses.
  • Each practicum consists of 60 hours: a maximum of 20 virtual practicum hours and a minimum of 40 onsite precepted hours.
  • Students may be able to complete some of their practicum requirements at their place of employment. However, these cannot be precepted by their current supervisor or within the same department.
  • Students are not to double-up blocks due to the nature of the program without permission from the Program Director.

All baccalaureate programs, including RN to BSN programs, must provide practice experiences for all students (these experiences include many components to achieve baccalaureate knowledge). We feel these skills are better learned in the practice environment. Please read this white paper for more expectations for practicum experiences in a RN to BSN curriculum.

* Upon successful completion of NSG 399, students receive 30 hours of credit for their previous nursing coursework.

See the Catalog for futher information.
Most students follow the Suggested Program of Study to complete the above required coursework.

If you have questions about the RN to BSN Program contact Student Services at


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