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 completion 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 baccalaureate program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the North Carolina Board of 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 2.0 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 a North Carolina 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 a degree-completion program. The Office of Financial Aid will be able to determine your eligibility for financial aid. 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) – waived for the RN student
  • 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 – Statistics (Business 210 or Mathematics 250 or Psychology 261)

Sequence of Courses for the Registered Nurse

Your first courses begin in the Summer Session, and the program continues through the fall and spring semesters, with graduation in the spring.

NUR 305 Professional Practice 3 Hours
GEN 301* Confronting Poverty 3 Hours
NTR 301 Food and Culture 3 Hours
NUR 319/320 Health Maintenance through the Life Span 9 Hours
NUR 346* Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care 3 Hours
NUR 401 Introduction to Nursing Research 2 Hours
NUR 419/420 Nursing Leadership 9 Hours
REL 335* Living with Dying 3 Hours

* Courses subject to change

Important Notes

  • A minimum of 32 semester hours of work must be taken at Barton College. This includes challenge examinations, advanced placement credit, and course work.
  • A total of 126 semester hours are required for graduation.
  • Students may be concurrently enrolled in another institution if courses from Blocks 1-3 are still needed.

Curriculum requirements are subject to change.

Contact Us

Dr. Linda O’Boyle
RN-BSN Coordinator
School of Nursing
Nixon Nursing Building

800-345-4973 x6400