William Peace University, which recently added an RN to Bachelor of Nursing program, has signed an agreement that will make it easier for registered nurses to transfer their community college credits to the university in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
William Peace University is the 12th private college in the state to sign the RN to BSN articulation agreement between North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) and the NC Community College System. The agreement was established specifically to address the growing need for highly-qualified nursing professionals.
“William Peace’s outreach to RNs in the Triangle region and beyond who seek to advance their careers with Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing will help meet a growing need,” said NCICU president A. Hope Williams. “We are delighted that the university will be participating in the RN to BSN agreement with the NC Community College System.”
“We have launched more than 10 new academic programs in the last 18 months as part of our new Strategic Plan, Believe in Peace. The RN to BSN program is a natural extension of our strong sciences division here at Peace and we are confident we’ll be helping hundreds of nurses throughout the region to advance their education and careers,” said Brian C. Ralph, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. “Furthermore, we are excited to be creating partnerships with high-quality health care organizations throughout Raleigh to help them excel at their work of serving those in need.”
The RN to BSN articulation agreement describes a progression plan that includes required general education and nursing prerequisite courses acceptable to all participating RN to BSN programs. Students who follow the plan and take those courses at community colleges will meet the entrance requirements for those RN to BSN programs. Nurses may apply to any of the programs without taking duplicate courses.
Under the agreement, a student who completes an Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing with a GPA of at least 2.0 and a grade of C or better in specified courses, and who holds a current unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse in North Carolina, will have fulfilled the lower-division general education requirements and nursing program entry requirements for the participating four-year colleges and universities.
For additional information about William Peace University’s nursing program, go to www.peace.edu.
Pictured: WPU President Brian C. Ralph with NCICU President Hope Williams