Mission Statement

In its commitment to provide accessible education options for associate degree or diploma prepared Registered Nurses who wish to advance their academic degree, Wallace Community College and four-year universities across the state have established near seamless pathways for achievement of the BSN degree.  Essentially, RN to BSN Mobility is divided into two parts. The initial activities consist of enrollment in additional general academic courses required to meet the course requirements for a four-year degree. Providing these academic requirements under the tuition rate of the two-year college system is WCC’s role in this partnership.  As completion of required academic courses nears, transfer application and enrollment in the four-year school of choice is pursued.  Credit for basic nursing courses is awarded to an RN pursuing mobility with each transfer institution comprising their remaining nursing requirements of content specific to their program’s preparation.  These remaining nursing requirements are completed through distance education in one calendar year and the BSN degree is awarded by the chosen four-year university. In other words, a Registered Nurse remains employed in his/her local community, continues the things that typically encompass their lives, and receives a BSN degree from the institution of their choice.  The outlay of four-year tuition dollars is for the remaining nursing courses — the rest of the degree requirements are at the two-year rate!

Auburn University Montgomery (AUM) in Montgomery, Alabama offers EARN (Educational Advancement for Registered Nurses), an RN to BSN track is especially designed to meet the needs of registered nurses desiring a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.  As is the intent of the RN to BSN concept, the curriculum offers the registered nurse the opportunity to advance their degree without unnecessary repetition of course content.  The AUM nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Within the RN to BSN track, all nursing courses are offered completely in the on-line format for the convenience of working nurses and to enable them to remain in their home community while advancing their degree.  Select nursing courses are also offered in a hybrid format for those that elect to attend classes on campus.  Hybrid classes meet on Thursdays once a month.  The Web-based nursing format is accessible anytime and from anywhere and is designed for completion in one calendar year of full-time study.  Students are admitted to the AUM EARN program in summer semester each year with an April 1 application deadline.  Clinical experiences and hours are independently structured and vary according to course outcomes and RN to BSN students may complete any clinical-related activities in their home community.  The curriculum is comprised of seventeen (17) general education pre-requisite requirements (56 semester hours) and a professional component consisting of ten (10) nursing courses (37 semester hours).  Transfer credit for 24 semester hours is awarded for prior completion of the Associate or Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing.

In addition to the traditional RN to BSN track for Registered Nurses, Auburn University Montgomery also offers a previous degree option for RNs holding a non-nursing bachelor’s degree, as well as a joint AUM/Auburn University MSN degree option.  For additional information regarding the RN to BSN track available from Auburn University Montgomery, see http://www.nursing.aum.edu/programs-degrees/rn-to-bsn.

The Jacksonville State University Lurleen B. Wallace College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Jacksonville, Alabama offers an RN to BSN track is especially designed to meet the needs of registered nurses desiring a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.  As is the intent of the RN to BSN concept, the STEP (Strategic Teaching for Enhanced Professional Preparation) track at Jacksonville State University (JSU) offers the registered nurse the opportunity to advance their degree without unnecessary repetition of course content.  The JSU nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Within the RN to BSN track, all nursing courses are offered completely in the on-line format for the convenience of working nurses and to enable them to remain in their home community while advancing their degree.  Web-based nursing courses are accessible anytime and from anywhere and are designed for completion in one calendar year of full-time study.  Students are admitted to the RN to BSN track three times a year—fall, spring, and summer terms.  Application deadlines are August 1, December 1, and April 1, respectively.  RN to BSN students complete any clinical-related activities (PEEPS—Practiced Enhanced Educational Projects) in their home community.  The curriculum is comprised of nineteen (19) general education pre-requisite requirements (62 semester hours) and a professional component consisting of nine (9) nursing courses (32 semester hours).  RNs are awarded 35 semester hours of STEP Nursing Credit for past academic and experiential knowledge following successful completion of the first semester nursing coursework in the STEP Program.

In addition to the traditional RN to BSN track for Registered Nurses, JSU also offers options for an MSN and a Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education.  For additional information regarding the RN to BSN track available from Jacksonville State University, see http://www.jsu.edu/nursing/step.html.

The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing (UACCN) in Tuscaloosa, Alabama offers an RN to BSN track is especially designed to meet the needs of registered nurses desiring a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.  As is the intent of the RN to BSN concept, the curriculum offers the registered nurse the opportunity to advance their degree without unnecessary repetition of course content.  The UACCN nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Within the RN to BSN track, all nursing courses are offered completely in the on-line format for the convenience of working nurses and to enable them to remain in their home community while advancing their degree.  Web-based nursing courses are accessible anytime and from anywhere and are designed for completion in one calendar year of full-time study.  RN to BSN students complete any clinical-related activities in their home community.  Students are admitted to the UACCN program in twice each year with class cohorts starting in summer term (May) and in spring semester (January).  Application dates are March 1 and November 1, respectively.  The curriculum is comprised of 16 – 17 general education pre-requisite requirements (52-55 semester hours) and a professional component consisting of six (6) nursing courses (25 semester hours).  Transfer credit for 41 semester hours is awarded for prior completion of the Associate or Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing from an accredited school of nursing at a regionally accredited post-secondary institution.

In addition to the traditional RN to BSN track for Registered Nurses, The University of Alabama also offers options for RN to BSN/MSN, as well as alternative second degree requirements for RNs holding a non-nursing bachelor’s degree.  For additional information regarding the RN to BSN track available from The University of Alabama, see http://nursing.ua.edu/?page_id=14.

Troy University School of Nursing in Troy, Alabama offers an RN to BSN/MSN track especially designed to meet the needs of registered nurses desiring a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.  As is the intent of the RN to BSN concept, the curriculum offers the registered nurse the opportunity to advance their degree without unnecessary repetition of course content.  The Troy University nursing program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Within the RN to BSN/MSN track, most nursing courses are offered completely in the on-line format for the convenience of working nurses and to enable them to remain in their home community while advancing their degree.  Periodic live meetings are required at campus locations.  Web-based nursing courses are accessible anytime and from anywhere and are designed for completion of the BSN degree in two semesters of full-time study or four semesters part-time.  RN to BSN students complete clinical hours through activities in their home community.  Students are admitted to the Troy University clinical sequence in fall semester of each year with April 1 as the application deadline.  The curriculum is comprised of twenty-one (21) general education pre-requisite requirements (62 semester hours) and a professional component consisting of eleven (11) nursing courses (24 semester hours).  Transfer credit is awarded for prior completion of the Associate or Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing from an accredited school of nursing at a regionally accredited post-secondary institution.

In addition to the traditional RN to BSN/MSN track for Registered Nurses, Troy University offers graduate options of MSN and DNP, well as alternative second degree requirements for RNs holding a non-nursing bachelor’s degree.  For additional information regarding the RN to BSN option available from Troy University see http://trojan.troy.edu/healthandhumanservices/nursing/rn-bsn-msn.html.  

The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing in Birmingham, Alabama offers an RN to BSN track especially designed to meet the needs of registered nurses desiring a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.  As is the intent of the RN to BSN concept, the curriculum offers the registered nurse the opportunity to advance their degree without unnecessary repetition of course content.  The UAB nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Within the RN to BSN track, all nursing courses are offered completely in the on-line format for the convenience of working nurses and to enable them to remain in their home community while advancing their degree.  A two-day on-campus intensive is required early in the program.  Web-based nursing courses are accessible anytime and from anywhere and are designed for completion in two semesters of full-time study, although a three to four semester plan is recommended.  RN to BSN students complete ninety (90) clinical hours in a practicum course through activities in their home community.  Students are admitted to the UAB program in fall and in spring semesters each year with June and October deadlines, respectively.  The curriculum is comprised of eighteen (18) general education pre-requisite requirements (59 semester hours) and a professional component consisting of nine (9) nursing courses (30 semester hours).  Transfer credit for 32 semester hours is awarded for prior completion of the Associate or Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing from an accredited school of nursing at a regionally accredited post-secondary institution.

In addition to the traditional RN to BSN track for Registered Nurses, the University of Alabama at Birmingham offers graduate options of MSN, DNP, and PhD, well as alternative second degree requirements for RNs holding a non-nursing bachelor’s degree.  For additional information regarding the RN to BSN track available from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, see https://www.uab.edu/nursing/home/academics/undergraduate/rn-bsn

The University of South Alabama College of Nursing in Mobile, Alabama offers an RN to BSN track is especially designed to meet the needs of registered nurses desiring a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.  As is the intent of the RN to BSN concept, the curriculum offers the registered nurse the opportunity to advance their degree without unnecessary repetition of course content.  The USA nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Within the USA RN to BSN track, all nursing courses are offered completely in the on-line format for the convenience of working nurses. Web-based nursing courses are accessible anytime and from anywhere and are designed for completion in one calendar year of full-time study.  Part-time study options are also available.  Students are admitted to the USA RN to BSN program in fall and spring semesters each year with April 1 and August 1 application deadlines, respectively.  RN to BSN students are assisted to complete the practice requirements for the degree in their home communities.  The curriculum is comprised of nineteen (19) general education pre-requisite requirements (61 semester hours) and a professional component consisting of nine (9) nursing courses (33 semester hours).  Transfer credit for thirty nine (39) semester hours is awarded for prior completion of the Associate or Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing.

In addition to the traditional RN to BSN track for Registered Nurses, USA also offers options for RN to BSN/MSN, RN to MSN, and RN to MSN for RNs holding a non-nursing bachelor’s degree.   For additional information regarding the RN to BSN track available from the University of South Alabama, see http://www.southalabama.edu/nursing/rnbsn.html.