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RN-BSN Admission Information

Thank you for your interest in the Joseph and Nancy Fail School of Nursing at William Carey University. We hope the following information is helpful to you. Feel free to contact us with any questions or to see a nursing advisor.

Program information:

  • The nursing component is taught completely in the online format. The nursing coursework for the BSN degree can be completed in as little as 12 months.
  • To register for courses, submit a completed William Carey University application with the required fees and an official transcript from every college you have attended to the admissions office.
  • Prerequisite courses may be completed at William Carey or you may transfer courses from other accredited colleges and/or universities. Transfer of up to 60 hours of community college courses is acceptable.
  • Each student must complete at least 30 hours of William Carey University credit. The last 30 hours must be competed at William Carey.
  • The program consists of 66 hours of core courses and 30 hours of upper division nursing course work. The core courses can be taken prior to or with the nursing curriculum, with the exception of PSY 351 – Introductions to Psychological Statistics, which must be taken prior to NRN 460 Evidence-Based Practice for RN’s
  • Based on your registered nurse licensure, you will be awarded 24 hours of credit applicable toward the degree.
  • The BSN degree at William Carey University will require successful completion of the pre-requisite courses as well as the nursing courses. The pre-requisite courses may be taken at any time within six years of admission to William Carey University.
  • Previous Failures:

    • Students with two Ds or Fs in the nursing component of another RN-BSN program are ineligible to apply for three years. After three years, the applicant must submit a written appeal to the nursing Leadership Team for permission to apply.
    • Students with one D or F in the nursing component of another RN-BSN program will enter the program with one nursing failure. A letter of good standing from previous nursing program must be provided.
    • William Carey University Prelicensure BSN credit will not be applied as RN-BSN credit for students that have previously been unsuccessful in the William Carey University Prelicensure BSN Program. To be eligible for degree, all RNs admitted to the William Carey University-BSN program, must successfully completed all courses listed in the RN-BSN Plan of Study

Requirements for admission:

  • Graduation from a nationally accredited associate degree or diploma nursing program.
  • Unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse.
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on all courses taken toward meeting the nursing degree requirements.
  • Must have clearance of criminal background check prior to participating in nursing clinical courses.
  • Must provide evidence of a negative drug screen prior to participating in nursing clinical courses.
  • Immunizations as required by School of Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

A grade of at least C is required in each course

COURSE NO. COURSE NAME HOURS
ENG 101 Composition 3
ENG 102 Research & Composition 3
MAT 131 College Algebra 3
COM 101 Public Speaking 3
PSY 201 General Psychology 3
PSY 305 Developmental Psychology 3
PSY 351 Introduction to Psychological Statistics 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
BIO 234 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIO 235 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIO 260 General Microbiology 4
HEA 240 Nutrition & Diet Therapy 3
BIO 306 Introduction to Pharmacology 3
Total 42

Additional courses in BSN curriculum. A “C” average is required.

COURSE NO. COURSE NAME HOURS
REL 101 Introduction to the Old Testament 3
REL 102 Introduction to the New Testament 3
ENG Literature 3
HIS 101 or 201 World or US History 3
HIS 102 or 202 World or US History 3
  Fine Arts (Music, Art, or Theater Appreciation) 3
*PED Physical Education 1
*** General Electives 5
Total 24

Courses required for the RN-BSN in nursing major:

COURSE NO. COURSE NAME HOURS
NRN 345 Introduction to Baccalaureate Nursing 3
NRN 332 Pathophysiology for RN’s 2
NRN 346 Applied Assessment and Health Promotion for RN’s 4
NRN 347 Introduction Professional Writing and Informatics for RN’s 2
NRN 348 Gerontology Nursing for RN’s 3
NUR 425 Managing Health Care for RN’s 3
NUR 432 Community Nursing for RN’s 3
NRN 460 Evidence-Based Practice for RN’s 2
NRN 461 The Role of the RN in Interdisciplinary Teams 2
NRN 462 Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing 4
NUR 330/39 Two nursing elective hours/both may be NUR 330 2
Total 30

For an unofficial transcript evaluation by one of our advisors please call for an appointment. Call toll free at 800-962-5991 (ask for the School of Nursing) or locally:

Hattiesburg Campus: 601-318-6147

Tradition Campus: 228-702-1877

Louisiana Site: 504-671-6684