BSN Program (Pre-licensure)

At App State, you'll get the hands-on experience, mentorship and critical thinking skills you need to become a nurse who demonstrates both competence and compassion.

Our pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, which is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education, is designed to help you develop the knowledge and competencies for care of individuals, families and communities.

The course content is guided by The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education in Nursing published by the American Association of Colleges in Nursing (AACN), and rooted in evidence-based practice, leadership and research.

Application and admission occur at the end of your sophomore year. You'll get academic and clinical experience as faculty guide you through a variety of classroom, laboratory and simulation settings. The nursing curriculum requires 63 hours and can be completed in two years of full-time study.

App State BSN graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for registered nurse practice. The program has a 95% 5-year average NCLEX-RN pass rate.

Upon entering the workforce, you will join a vast network of App State nurses who step forward to support each other – and their patients.

Program Information


Our nursing faculty and academic support personnel strive to arrange varying clinical experiences that will enhance nursing theory and concepts taught in our didactic classes. Our BSN program offers these experiences in adult health, community health, mental health, obstetric, pediatric, critical care, and emergency room nursing. Students in the BSN program complete a capstone experience in their final semester of the program.

Students are expected to make transportation arrangements for attending the clinical sites assigned to them. Students may organize and manage carpooling if individual transportation is not available.

Admission Requirements

App State's pre-licensure BSN application can be submitted annually anytime between Dec. 15 and the first day of classes of Spring semester.

All applicants must meet the following minimum admission requirements:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on coursework taken at and transferred to Appalachian State University
  • Admission to Appalachian State University
  • Documentation of a satisfactory health evaluation signed by your health care practitioner. Evaluation forms are sent to applicants during the spring semester prior to beginning the program
  • Nurse Aide I certification (Certified Nursing Assistant I-CNAI) through a state-approved program and listed in the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry. If your certification is from another state, you can apply for a waiver with N.C. Dept. of Health & Human Services

You are encouraged to complete all General Education courses prior to entry in the BSN program. In addition, CHE 1101, 1110, 1102 and 1120 (which fulfills General Education Scientific Inquiry requirement) must be completed with a grade of 'B-' or better.

You may use this worksheet to assist with completing your application, which includes pre-requisites as well as the minimum grade required for the program. If you are transferring coursework, please use the Transfer Equivalency Course Search to see how your courses will transfer to App State. Contact Transfer Admissions & Engagement for additional information on transferring courses.

Departmental Compliance

Students must attain and meet departmental compliance requirements throughout their program of study. There are set deadlines for attaining compliance and compliance must be maintained throughout the program to ensure continuance in coursework. Learn more about departmental compliance requirements and deadlines.

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