Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do to prepare for admission to the BSN program?

Students should begin enrolling in the nursing pre-requisite courses in addition to courses in the General Education Requirements the first semester of their freshman year.

I am not currently enrolled at ASU, do I need to apply prior to pursuing admission to the BSN program?

Yes, please go to to access the application for ASU. Students must be admitted to the university at the time of their application to the BSN program.

How is student advisement structured to help me plan for a degree in nursing at ASU?

Students are advised from the general advisor pool when they are admitted to ASU. Once the student declares a major at 30 hours of credit, they are assigned a primary advisor from the College of Health Sciences. Once admitted to the BSN program, the student is assigned an advisor from the nursing faculty.

How will I know if courses that I have taken at other colleges will transfer?

ASU has an Office of Transfer Services and the website is Students are encouraged to consult the curriculum plan for the nursing program at ASU and compare it to the courses they have taken. The Office of Transfer Services will make an official determination.

Must I have all of the nursing pre-requisites completed prior to applying to the program?

Students must have successfully completed with the grade of a C or better and/or be currently enrolled in their remaining pre-requisite courses at the time of application to the program.

Must I have completed all of the general education requirements prior to submitting my application to the BSN program?

Applicants are allowed to have no more than 3 outstanding general education courses left to complete once they are fully accepted into the BSN program.

What are the criteria for admission to the BSN program?

In addition to having been formally admitted to ASU and the items in questions 5 and 6, all applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA. It is the responsibility of the Nursing Department Admissions Committee to review the applicant's overall GPA, individual course grades, etc. to determine the members of the incoming nursing class.

What will increase my chances of being admitted to the BSN program?

Research indicates that GPA correlates strongly with success in nursing, so it is advised that prospective students attain and maintain the best GPA possible. Also, scoring well in science courses is advised.

Must I have my CNA certification to be admitted?

No, at this time the Department of Nursing does not require this.

How many students are accepted each year?

The BSN nursing program is approved by the NC Board of Nursing for a total of 80 students in the pre-licensure program (this includes both the junior and senior levels).

Are there conditions related to my spring semester grades and acceptance?

Accepted students are offered a provisional acceptance and then receive the final acceptance letter after the spring semester has ended. Grades are reviewed again at that time to ensure that program admission criteria are met.

Are scholarships available?

There are some limited funds available for nursing scholarships; however, students are advised to contact the financial aid office for assistance for a full assessment of available individual options for assistance.

What are my options if I am not selected for admission to the BSN program?

We encourage applicants to consider re-applying the next year. It is advisable to have a back-up plan in case you are not admitted to the program. Applicants are encouraged to consider a double major or minor in a social science such as psychology, sociology, or foreign language. It is also prudent to take filler classes such as child development, nutrition, healthcare management, or other health related classes.

Students who decide to pursue other options such as a community college ADN nursing program are encouraged to enter our RN-BSN program after graduation.

What are the clinical courses like?

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 medical-surgical nursing, community nursing, psychiatric nursing, obstetrics and pediatric nursing, critical care nursing, and emergency room nursing.

Will I have to drive to clinical?

Students are expected to make arrangements for attending the clinical sites assigned to them. However, many students organize and manage carpooling.

What is the pass rate at Appalachian State University for the licensing exam?

We are pleased to announce that our first graduating class (2012) achieved a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN.

Is there a Student Nurse Organization?

We support the Student Nurses Association and have a chapter on campus.

What is the difference between the BSN program and the RN-BSN program?

The BSN program is an upper division major (typically consists of the junior and senior levels) and includes a curriculum of study totaling over a period of 4 years. It is targeted for students who are not yet registered nurses. The RN-BSN program is targeted for already licensed registered nurses who do not yet have a baccalaureate degree in nursing. View information on that program.