RN to BSN Program

Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)


The baccalaureate nursing program at Barton College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The baccalaureate nursing program at Barton College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Designed specifically for the registered nurse (RN), the RN to BSN program at Barton College offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree upon the successful completion of the program requirements. (NOTE: You MUST be a registered nurse (RN) to enroll in the RN to BSN Program.) Our RN to BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing, and fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The professional nursing courses in this program are planned to prepare graduates to function in present and emerging nursing roles as collaborative members of multidisciplinary health care teams. The liberal arts, biological, physical science, and social science courses taken prior to entry to the nursing courses provide a sound basis for scientific, humanistic nursing. The faculty of the School of Nursing are committed to assisting the adult learner with their educational goals.

Academic Requirements

All applicants to the Barton College School of Nursing must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on either transfer coursework or on Barton College coursework in order to be eligible to be considered for admission to the nursing program. Additionally, each applicant must have a grade of “C” or above in all of the listed nursing prerequisites.

Students with an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from Nash Community College may transfer seamlessly into Barton’s RN to BSN program. Full details are available here.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The RN to BSN Program is intended to be a part-time option. Although financial assistance is limited for the part-time student, the Office of Financial Aid will be able to determine your eligibility. Barton College and the School of Nursing require that all applicants for financial aid complete a needs analysis as a means of determining financial need. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

Prerequisites to Nursing

(Hours noted below are semester hours.)

  • 12 hours – Biology 206/208, 311/313, 312/314 (Microbiology – 4 hours; Anatomy and Physiology – 8 hours)
  • 4 hours – Chemistry 200/201 (Organic and Biochemistry) – offered through the Weekends at Barton program
  • 3 hours – Psychology 101 (Introduction to Psychology)
  • 3 hours – Psychology 220 (Developmental Psychology)
  • 3 hours – Social Work 101 (Society & the Social Experience)
  • 2 hours – Nursing 201 (Introduction to Health Sciences)
  • 3 hours – Nursing 214 (Normal Nutrition)
  • 3 hours – Nursing 213 (Health Assessment)
  • 3 hours – Nursing 313/413 (Pharmacology)
  • 3 hours – Statistics (Business 210 or Mathematics 250 or Psychology 261)

A minimum of two-thirds (2/3) of the required semester hours in NUR 214, BIO 206/208, 311/313, 312/314, CHE 200/201, PSY 101, and SWK 101 may be transferred in for nursing majors and be sufficient for meeting the requirement. The remainder of the hours must be made up in the form of elective hours.

Placement Credit and Challenge Examinations

Registered nurse students are eligible to earn credit for certain nursing courses through placement credit and challenge exams. Courses allowable for placement credit include NUR 307 and 407. A placement exam is available for NUR 210, or a student may challenge NUR 210. Courses allowable for challenge include NUR 201, 210, 214, 313, and 413. Students must obtain a “REQUEST TO CHALLENGE” form from the School of Nursing. Complete this form and take it, along with the payment of the challenge examination administration fee, to the Business Office prior to the administration of the examination. College regulations allow a maximum of 30 hours of credit for advanced placement, CLEP subject examinations, correspondence courses, extension courses, challenge examinations, or any combination of these.

The School of Nursing will provide the student with a study packet or materials necessary to assist the individual with the preparation for the individual challenge examinations. Students will be allowed to take the individual challenge examinations only one time. If the student is unsuccessful in obtaining the required “C” (79), he/she will be required to register for and take the course prior to beginning the program or prior to progressing any further in the program. Following successful completion of each individual challenge, the student will be billed for a recording fee.

NUR 201, 214, 313/413
These challenge examinations are available to the registered nurse student who does not have transferable college credit. These written examinations will be offered prior to entering the program in the Summer Session.

Sequence of Courses for the Registered Nurse

(The nursing courses begin in the Summer Session and continue through the academic year.)

  • NUR 213 – Health Assessment – 3 hours (for students who have not had a college credit course)
  • NUR 305 – Nursing: Professional Practice – 3 hours
  • NUR 317 – Health Maintenance Through the Life Span – 9 hours
  • NUR 417 – Nursing Leadership – 9 hours
  • NUR 470 – Advanced Nursing Studies – 3 hours or NUR 472 – Advanced Nursing Studies – 2 hours
  • NUR 401 – Introduction to Nursing Research – 2 hours (Prerequisites: NUR 317 and Statistics)

Important Notes:

  • A qualifying Accelerated Professional Programs student enrolls in no more than nine semester hours and must not have been enrolled as a full-time student in a traditional four-year college or university for at least one academic year.
  • A minimum of 45 semester hours of work must be taken at Barton College. This includes challenge examinations, advanced placement credit, and course work.
  • No more than 64 semester hours can be transferred from a two-year institution (community college, technical institute, junior college).

A total of 126 semester hours are required for graduation.
Curriculum requirements are subject to change.

Contact Us

Dr. Sharon I. Sarvey, Dean
School of Nursing
Nixon Nursing Building

800-345-4973 x6400
252-399-6416 (fax)