The RN to BSN Outreach cohorts are offered in collaboration with the Northwest Area Health Education Center (NWAHEC). These are part-time plans of study designed for the working RN wishing to earn the BSN degree. Classes are held at multiple off-campus sites and are taught by UNCG faculty. The cohort sequence is designed so that required nursing course can be completed in five semesters or less. Cohorts also have the advantage that a group of students progress through the sequence of courses together, allowing formation of study and support groups. Students in UNCG’s RN-BSN outreach cohorts are “regular UNCG students” and are eligible to take courses at more than one site. Students may take courses at multiple sites in order to complete the program more quickly.

Students are admitted only at the start of each cohort offering, which is every 2 years and is contingent on funding. The next cohorts are planned to begin in Spring 2015.


Preadmission advising about transfer courses is provided. A tentative/unofficial evaluation of transfer credit will be done once unofficial transcripts and a RN to BSN Prospective Student Record form are received. (UNCG Forms Page)
Students can check transferability of courses to UNCG on the Registrar’s Office website. Credit for courses already completed at an accredited community college or senior college is considered on an individual basis at the time of admission to the University. The equivalent of 64 SH is the maximum that can be transferred from two-year institutions.

Applicants may apply online at the Office of Admissions website http://www.uncg.edu/adm. Admission of qualified applicants for Outreach cohorts is on a first-come, first-serve basis according to the date of admission to the University. To maintain quality and meet student needs, class size is limited to 40. Should the need arise, a waiting list will be created.


A minimum of 122 semester hours (SH) is required to earn the degree. This total is made up of the following:

  • SH earned by ADN/Diploma
  • 30 SH earned by credit by examination
  • 25 SH required nursing courses offered through RN to BSN Outreach cohort
  • SH earned by GEC & elective hours

General Education Core (GEC) requirements and elective hours vary depending on educational background. Second-degree students are exempt from GEC requirements, but must complete the pre-requisite course in Statistics before beginning the nursing courses. For first degree students, statistics must be completed and GEC requirements in GHP (History), GNS (Natural Science), GSB (Social & Behavioral Science), and GRD (Reasoning & Discourse) must be satisfied before beginning the required nursing courses. For most students, some of these requirements, particularly GNS and GSB, will be satisfied by transfer courses. Students in the Outreach cohorts are encouraged to satisfy all GEC requirements before beginning the required nursing courses, because the GEC courses must be completed by the time the final nursing courses, NUR 474, is taken.