Frequently Asked Questions

BS in Nursing

1. I am an accepted student at Campbell University.  Does that mean a guaranteed admission to the BSN Degree Program?
No. The BSN Degree Program has a competitive admission process as there are only 50 available seats. In the fall of the sophomore year, the student files an application to the BSN Degree Program. The cumulative and science GPA are considered along with a personal essay, and interview for a holistic evaluation of the student.   

2. Will I be able to work full-time while attending nursing school?
Working full time is discouraged. The time spent in class and in clinical rotations is demanding. We want you to succeed in this program and enjoy a rewarding and prosperous career.  The time devoted as a student will better prepare you for a successful transition to your profession.

3. My cumulative/science GPA are slightly below the required minimum. Should I apply anyway?
Students may opt to apply, but should be aware that the qualified applicants will have a higher admission rate to the BSN Degree Program.

4. I have attended college before and want to apply to the Department of Nursing to pursue my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. What should I do first?
You must first apply to Campbell University as a general college student. The admissions counsellor and the Registrar’s office will work with you to determine which courses will transfer.  You will then complete the pre-requisites and apply to the BSN Degree Program.

5. Is the School of Nursing accredited?
Campbell University maintains accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The Department of Nursing will request applicant status with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing (CCNE) in fall 2016. Within two years of this date, the faculty writes a self-study report and requests a site survey to occur. The goal is to achieve the initial 5 year accreditation in 2018.

6. If I apply to the Nursing Program and don’t get in, what are my options?
Campbell University has a variety of exceptional programs to consider as alternative possibilities to nursing. There are options in the health sciences, as well as in fields of education, law, divinity, fine arts, business, and more. Please explore our website to get more information.    

7. What is the Forgivable Education Loans for Service (FELS) program? Established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2011, the Forgivable Education Loans for Service provides financial assistance to qualified students enrolled in an approved education program and committed to working in critical employment shortage professions in North Carolina. For the 2014-15 academic years, identification of eligible degree programs is available on the link below. The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority provides administration for the program.   

8. My Campbell University Pre-Nursing Advisor and I are not a good match. Can I switch advisors?
Campbell University is devoted to our students’ success. If you feel as though you would be more successful with another admissions counsellor, please let someone in the admissions office know and they will be happy to accommodate you.

9. How much does it cost to study nursing at Campbell?
You should plan for 8 full-time semesters, including student fees, health and professional liability insurance, room & board, food, and student fees. Tuition and other fees can be found here.

10. What scholarships are available to current and future nursing students?
There are scholarship options available both through admissions with Campbell University, and separate scholarships offered by non-profit agencies and foundations.   

11. What are the criteria for admission to the BSN Degree Program?
The difficulty of admission depends on multiple factors. The preferred minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) is a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale with the minimum for admission being a 2.8. The preferred minimum science GPA is a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale with the minimum for admission being a 2.8, as well. The admissions committee will evaluate each applicant’s academic performance, essay, service history, special skills and abilities that enhance the nursing profession.There are 50 available seats in the BSN Degree program; therefore a student must be diligent in making academics a priority. After admission, a student must maintain a grade of “C” or better to graduate from the BSN Degree program. For more information, please review our admissions requirement page.

12. If I have taken a course, can I retake that course to get a better grade?
As a general college student for repeat courses, the last attempt only will affect the final grade point average. Previous hours attempted, previous hours passed, and previous quality points are not considered, although they remain on the permanent record. All grades from all attempts are recorded and remain on the transcript permanently.
In the BSN Degree program a course is repeated only when, a student earns a grade of less than 2.0, or fails the clinical practicum. The option to repeat a course occurs one time only in the program. If the student earns less than 2.0 in the repeated course or in a subsequent nursing class, he/she are dismissed from the program and ineligible for readmission.

13. What courses must I have completed in order to apply for admission?
Please see the website for a list for prerequisites. 

14. I already am a registered nurse. What additional education do you offer?
Campbell University is exploring the need for and interest in an RN to BSN program. Stay tuned to this website for future announcements!

15. I need an application, handbook, or other form. Where can I obtain these? 
The best source is the CPHS Academic Bulletin and the Student Handbook

16. What are my options for graduate programs in nursing in North Carolina?
Campbell University Department of Nursing hopes to offer graduate programs in the future! However, there are several graduate programs in North Carolina.  Please see the NC Board of Nursing links provided for more information.   
Master’s Degree Programs:   

Doctorate Programs:  

17. What writing reference style will I need for my nursing courses?
APA Format

18. When should I expect my admissions decision letter?
Student notification will occur early in the spring semester of the sophomore year. 

19. How many hours should I expect to be in clinical rotations? What institutions will offer the BSN students a location for learning?
The BSN Degree program has 780 hours clinical hours including those in the Skills Lab and Simulation Center. Students will travel to Cape Fear, WakeMed, Rex, Moore Regional, Central Carolina, and Sampson Regional in addition to other sites.  The average travel distance is 34 miles. The student must provide their own transportation; however, there will be car pool options. The student should expect 12 hour shifts and weekend assignments for a number of the clinical hours.

20. Do you have a LPN-BSN program?
We do not at this time have a bridge program for the LPN to BSN. Based upon the SC Board of Nursing, we cannot make any changes to the BSN until Summer 2018.

However, we are interested in concept of bridge programs and will be completing a feasibility/due diligence evaluation as the time nears. I am also meeting with new nurse employers in the community and will query them for potential interest in LPN to BSN completion programs.

In the meantime, if the LPN desires a BSN, they can apply to  Campbell,  take the general core here or at a community college and continue through the program to graduation.  They can also earn their RN license through a community college, and come to Campbell for an RN to BSN degree.