Bachelor of Science in Nursing -- Upper Division Nursing Major

Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at UNC Charlotte is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through 2021, and approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing.

The BSN curriculum is a 4 year program of study that prepares the graduate for generalist practice in nursing and allows the graduate to sit for the national licensing exam (NCLEX) to practice as a registered nurse (RN). The program provides the student a background in:

  • Liberal arts, through the general education requirements of the University
  • Sciences, through the required nursing pre-requisite courses
  • Generalist nursing education

BSN graduates are prepared to function in a variety of care settings to include hospitals, clinics, public health, home health, hospice and long term care facilities, and may assume leadership and management roles as well because of their education. Upon completion of the majority of the nursing pre-requisite courses, students apply to the upper division of the nursing program. Admission is competitive, and not all students who apply are accepted into the upper level division nursing program.  For an estimate of costs associated with enrolling in the upper-division major see Estimated Program Costs.

The Curriculum

Freshman - 1st semester (17 credits)

SOCY 1101 or ANTH 1101 - Intro to Sociology or Anthropology (3 credits)
CHEM 1203 or 1251 - General Chemistry or Principles of Chemistry (3 credits)
CHEM 1203L or 1251L - Chemistry Laboratory (1 credit)
MATH 1100 - College Algebra and Probability (3 credits)
HAHS 1000 – Prospect for Success in Health and Human Services (1)
LBST 1101-1105 series* (3) - Choose one
Elective (3)


Freshman - 2nd semester (16-17 credits)
UWRT 1103 or 1104 - Writing in the Academic Community (3 or 4 credits)
CHEM 1204 or 1252 - General Chemistry or Principles of Chemistry (3 credits)
CHEM 1204L or 1252L - General Chemistry Laboratory (1 credit)
STAT 1220, 1221, or 1222 - Statistics (3 credits)
LBST 2101 or 2102* - Western Culture & Historical Awareness (3 credits)
Elective (or BIOL 1110 - Prerequisite to BIOL 2273 and 2259) (3 credits)


Sophomore - 3rd semester (13-15 credits)
BIOL 2273 - Human Anatomy and Physiology (3 credits) (or KNES 2168)
BIOL 2273L - Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory (1 credit) (or KNES 2168L)
NURS 2100 - General Nutrition (2 credits)
NURS 2200* - Growth and Development (3 credits) - Human Development Through the Life Span or a comparable course
LBST 2111-2215 series* - Choose one (3 credits)
Elective (1-3 credits) Please see advisor to ensure proper selection for adequate credit hours


Sophomore - 4th semester (14 credits)
BIOL 2274 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3 credits) (or (KNES 2169)
BIOL 2274L - Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory (1 credit) (or KNES 2169L)
BIOL 2259 - Bacteriology (3 credits)
BIOL 2259L - Bacteriology Laboratory (1 credit)
LBST 2301* - Critical Thinking and Communication (3 credits)
PSYC 1101 - General Psychology (3 credits)

* While they are not pre-requisite courses, it is recommended that all LBST and elective courses be completed prior to admission to the upper division major.


Upper Division Nursing Major – 5th semester (14 credits)

NURS 3102 - Introduction to Nursing Science (3 credits)
NURS 3105 - Concepts of Professional Nursing (3 credits)
NURS 3107 - Pathophysiology (3 credits)
NURS 3108 - Health Assessment (3 credits)
NURS 3425 - Practicum Concepts of Professional Nursing (2 credits)


Upper Division Nursing Major – 6th semester (16 credits)
NURS 3205 - Pharmacology (3 credits)
NURS 3230 - Illness and Disease Management (3 credits)
NURS 3430 - Practicum in Illness and Disease Management (3 credits)
NURS 3250 - Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family (2 credits)
NURS 3260 - Nursing Care of Children (2 credits)
NURS 3440 - Practicum in Nursing Care of Children and the Childbearing Family (W) (3 credits)


Upper Division Nursing Major – 7th semester (15 credits)
NURS 4100 - Nursing Care of the Aging Adult (3 credits)
NURS 4120 - Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (3 credits)
NURS 4420 - Practicum in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (3 credits)
NURS 4130 - Complex Illness and Disease Management (3 credits)
NURS 4430 - Practicum in Complex Illness and Disease Management (O) (3 credits)


Upper Division Nursing Major – 8th semester (16 credits)
NURS 4203 - Leadership in Informatics in Nursing Practice (3 credits)
NURS 4240 - Population Focused Nursing (3 credits)
NURS 4440 - Practicum in Population Focused Nursing (2 credit)
NURS 4450 - Design and Coordination of Care (W) (3 credits)
NURS 4900 - Research in Nursing Practice (2 credits)
NURS 4600 - Seminar in Professional Licensure (3 credits)
*Note: NCLEX Review course is required in this semester

Total credits for program........................................................122

 

Declaring Pre-Nursing As a Major: Processes and Deadlines

Freshman wanting to pursue the nursing major may be admitted to the University as Pre-Nursing students.  Transfer and change-of-major students, who have not completed all prerequisites, may be admitted to the University as Pre-Nursing students.  In order to declare Pre-Nursing, transfer students must have a GPA (Grade Point Average) of 3.0 based on all university/college course work.  For the prerequisite science courses and respective labs and for NURS 2100 and 2200, all of which require a grade of B or better, applicants may only have 1 grade of C or below for which they retook the course to earn a B or better.  Students having more than one C in those prerequisite courses are not eligible for admission.  Nursing pre-requisite courses completed prior to high school graduation (for example, in an early college program) with a grade of C or below must be retaken while in Pre-Nursing (see grade requirements for pre-requisite courses below).

Students who are denied admission to Pre-Nursing as freshman may request a change of major to Pre-Nursing after the completion of 32 credit hours with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Transfer Students who are denied admission as Pre-Nursing may request a change of major to Pre-Nursing after the completion of the first full academic semester at UNC Charlotte (at least 15 credit hours; summer session not included) with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Admission to the university as a Pre-Nursing student does not automatically admit an applicant to the Nursing Major.

To request a change of major to pre-nursing, complete a Change of Major form and deliver to the School of Nursing room #441. Electronic copies will not be accepted. 

Requirements for Progression as a Pre-Nursing Student

In order to progress in Pre-Nursing (i.e., to remain in the Pre-Nursing), students must meet the following:

1.  Overall GPA of 3.0 or better at the completion of the courses in the first two semesters.

2.  Grade of "B" or better in the following prerequisite courses:

a. CHEM 1203 and Lab (or CHEM 1251 and lab)
b. CHEM 1204 and Lab (or CHEM 1252 and lab)
c.  BIOL 2273 and Lab (or KNES 2168 and lab)
d.  BIOL 2274 and Lab (or KNES 2169 and lab)
e.  BIOL 2259 and Lab
f.   NURS 2100: General Nutrition
g.  NURS 2200: Human Growth and Development

3. For the prerequisite science courses and respective labs and for NURS 2100 and 2200, all of which require a grade of B or better, Pre-Nursing students can only have one grade of C or below for which they retook the course to earn a B or better. Students earning more than one C in those prerequisite courses cannot remain in Pre-Nursing and must change their major, and are ineligible for admission to the upper division nursing major.

4.  Overall GPA of 3.0 or better at the completion of courses in each of the 3rd and 4th semesters.

5.  Completion of all nursing, pre-nursing pre-requisite courses with a pre-requisite GPA of 3.0 or better.

Admission to the Upper Division Major: Processes and Deadlines

To be considered for admission to the upper division major, students must meet the following criteria:

Grade of C (2.0) or higher in:

  • UWRT 1101 (English Composition), 1102 (Writing in the Academic Community/Composition II)
  • MATH 1100 (College Algebra and Probability)
  • STAT 1222 (or STAT 1220 or 1221) (Introduction to Statistics)
  • PSYC 1101 (General Psychology)
  • SOCY 1101 or ANTH 1101 (Introduction to Sociology or Anthropology)

Grade of B (3.0) or higher in:

  • CHEM 1203 w/Lab or CHEM 1251w/Lab
  • CHEM 1204 w/Lab or CHEM 1252 w/Lab
  • BIOL 2273 w/Lab or KNES 2168 w/Lab
  • BIOL 2274 w/Lab or KNES 2169 w/Lab
  • BIOL 2259w/Lab
  • NURS 2100 (Nutrition courses taken outside of UNC Charlotte will be reviewed on an individual basis)
  • NURS 2200 (An equivalent growth and development and/or developmental psychology course may be substituted)

Note: The School of Nursing does not use overall GPA as an admission indicator. Instead, a nursing pre-requisite GPA is calculated based on the courses listed above.  Students may calculate their own GPA using a GPA calculator.

Students transferring sciences courses from the community college should be aware that a 4 Semester Hour Credit (SHC) science course, such as Anatomy and Physiology, taken at the community college, will be separated when it is transfered to the university. Therefore, if a student receives a C in Anatomy and Physiology at the community college, that grade will transfer in as 2 Cs--one for the class (3 SHC) and one for the lab (1 SHC) which would make the student ineligible for the upper division nursing major at UNCC

4. Completion of a minimum of three (3) of the five (5) science (chemistry, biology) pre-requisite courses, with related labs, prior to applying.

5.  Applicants may earn one grade of C or below in the pre-requisite courses requring B applicants may have only 1 grade of C or below for which they retook the course to earn a B or better. Students earning more than one C in those pre-requisite courses are not eligible for   admission to the UNC Charlotte School of Nursing.  

6. Completion of required courses by the end of the Spring semester prior to the Fall for which application is made, and by the end of the Fall semester prior to the Spring for which application is made.

Application to the Upper Division Major: Processes and Deadlines

  1. Transfer students must apply to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte before any consideration for conditional admission will be awarded.
  2. The School of Nursing uses an ONLINE BSN APPLICATION form to accept applications for program admission.
  3. During the online application process, ALL students will be asked to upload a completed Volunteer Hours form. TRANSFER students will be asked to upload copies of unoffical transcripts. Please DO NOT send transcripts to the School of Nursing.
  4. Application deadlines for the university and the School of Nursing differ. To determine deadlines for applying to UNC Charlotte, please visit The UNC Charlotte Undergraduate Admissions website.
  5. Application deadlines for the School of Nursing are as follows:
    1. Students seeking admission for the Fall semester should apply no later than January 31st (Application available November 15th)
    2. Students seeking admission for the Spring semester should apply no later than August 31st (Application available June 15th)
  6. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
  7. Students previously enrolled in a nursing program,  will be asked to provide a letter from the program's Dean or Director which indicates the student left the program in good standing. 
  8. The application to the upper division contains 2 essay questions.
  9. The School of Nursing typically  makes admission decisions for the Fall by April 15th and for the Spring, by November 15th. Students are notified via email.

Additional Considerations for Admission:

   The following items are NOT required; however, additional consideration (points) is given to students with:

  1. A previous Bachelor's or Master's degree.
  2. 30+ credit hours completed at UNC Charlotte at the time of application to the upper division nursing program.
  3. 50+ hours of paid or volunteer experience in a human-based healthcare environment. Examples of volunteer experience include (but are not limited to):
  • Working as a Certified Nurse Aide I or II
  • Volunteering at a long term care facility assisting residents with activities of daily living
  • Working as an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)
  • Volunteering at a free health/nursing clinic assisting with activities such as obtaining patient health history, taking vital signs, and other direct patient activities
  • NOTE: observing or shadowing a health care professional does not count as a relevant experience.

               Volunteer Hours Verification Form: Word  PDF

Note: Once admitted, students need to be listed in the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry (after completion of the Nurse Aid I training program and certification exam). This must be done prior to beginning course work in the nursing major. Students are not required to maintain certification throughout the program. 

International Students:

Please be advised that the SON requires that all students complete a Criminal Background Check (CBC) and all students must be listed on the Nurse Aid I registry prior to beginning upper division level courses. Completion of each of these processes,  requires a valid social security number. If you are an international student, please plan early to ensure that you secure a valid social security number prior to being accepted into the upper division major. Deadlines for process completion cannot be extended. 

Progression in the Upper Division Major:

Criteria for Progression in the Major

  1. Students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or higher in all courses beginning with the NURS prefix.
  2. Failure to earn a grade of C (2.0) or higher will result in course failure.
  3. Only one (1) nursing course failure and one (1) repeat attempt to pass that nursing course will be permitted throughout the program.
  4. Students will be required to repeat the failed nursing course during the next available offering.
  5. Students achieving less than a C (2.0) in more than one nursing course are no longer eligible to continue in the UNC Charlotte School of Nursing’s upper division major and will be advised to pursue other options both within and outside of the university.

Repeating a Failed Nursing Course

  1. Students failing to achieve a C (2.0) in a course will meet with the Associate Director for the Undergraduate Division prior to enrolling to repeat the course.

Failure to Repeat

  1. Students who do not take the failed nursing course during the next available offering will be considered withdrawn from the program.
  2. Any consideration for re-entry will be addressed on an individual basis in accordance with the University’s appeal process.

Withdrawal

  1. Withdrawals (grade of W or WE) from nursing courses will be issued to students wishing to withdraw from any or all courses in accordance with the University’s withdrawal policies and procedures.
  2. Withdrawal from any course requires withdrawal from the corresponding co-requisite courses (if applicable).
  3. Students may request to return to the program once, following withdrawal, with the understanding that re-entry is on a space available basis.
  4. Students out of the program for more than 12 months, must reapply for admission to UNC Charlotte and to the School of Nursing through the competitive admission’s process, for entry into the program’s first semester.  

Academic Integrity   

  1. Issues associated with academic integrity violations will be addressed in accordance with University policy 407, The Code of Student Conduct.

Violations of Ethics

The UNC Charlotte School of Nursing adheres to the American Nurses’ Association Code of Ethics as its guiding framework for ethical practice. Students found to be in violation of one or or more provisions of the ANA Code of Ethics, will be ineligible to continue in the upper division major.

Unsafe Practice

The School of Nursing recognizes that making mistakes is a part of the learning process. However, we are also aware of nursing’s responsibility to provide safe, timely, efficient, effective. equitable, patient-centered care (IOM, 2001).

On the occasion when a student has engaged in unsafe practice, faculty will evaluate the system for causative factors (Ross, 2013; Zieber & Williams, 2015;Armitage, 2009). the student will be advised by faculty and appropriate measures to remediate the behavior will be taken. However, repeated unsafe behaviors, will make the student ineligible to continue in the upper division major.

 

Graduation Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (B.S.N.) requires a minimum of 122 semester hours. The last 31 semester hours must be earned at UNC Charlotte.

In order to progress successfully in the Upper Division Nursing Major:

  1. Students must achieve a grade of C or better in all courses with the "NURS" prefix to continue  in the program (See Progression in the Upper Division Major)
  2. A GPA of 2.0 must be maintained.
  3. No course in the Nursing major may be taken as transient study. Transfer credit for nursing courses is considered on an individual basis.
  4. Students are expected to be computer literate.
  5. Students will purchase and complete an ATI Live NCLEX-RN review in their final semester.

Contact for Additional Information

Pre-Nursing:
College of Health and Human Services Advising Center
UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001

Upper Division Nursing:
Dr. Dena Evans, Associate Director, Undergraduate Division
CHHS 442
704‑687‑7974 (Phone)
devans37@uncc.edu