Called the RN-BSN Bridge Program (Bridge), this plan gives registered nurses who complete Nursing 3000 and Nursing 3200 courses at UNC-Pembroke, 30 credit hours in recognition of previously acquired nursing knowledge and skill. Students are allowed to transfer up to 62 semester hours of credit, including general education and prerequisite courses from one of the six partner community colleges to the university. That leaves only seven nursing courses that students in the program must complete to earn a BSN. Students may begin the required nursing courses prior to completing the remaining required general education core of study. Clinical requirements in the program are offered in or near the students' home communities.
A fulltime student who enters the Bridge program can complete it in as little as one year. However, the program can be structured to allow completion in two or more years if a student desires to do so. The student is allowed to select a plan of study that best meets their individual needs.