Nursing, BSN (proposed BSN pre-licensure program)

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the difference between the nursing program and the RN to BSN program?

The proposed pre-licensure Nursing Program is for students who desire a four-year degree toward obtaining their nursing license. The students are considered nursing candidates in year one and two of their study, making full application to the nursing program during their second year at Lees-McRae College.

The RN to BSN program is a two-year degree completion program for students who already hold an RN license (Registered Nurse) and desire to obtain a four-year degree, leading to the BSN. This program is delivered through extended campus.

2. Why has Lees-McRae College decided to offer nursing and allied health programs?

Based on student interest, marketplace demand and the generous donation from Daniel and Dianne May, Lees-McRae College is proposing new undergraduate degree programs in Nursing and Allied Health.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), employment for RNs who hold a BSN degree is expected to grow by 22% by 2018. In addition, the AACN reports that many healthcare institutions are now requiring RNs to hold a BSN degree in nursing in order to be hired, sustain employment, and/or to qualify for promotion. This data and the College's commitment to providing professional studies warrants exploring a pre-licensure undergraduate nursing program.

3. What makes Lees-McRae College's Nursing Program unique?

The Lees-McRae program will be technology-driven with a holistic curricular approach in order to facilitate professional development and collaboration.

4. When will the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences be open?

Construction for the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences began in October 2013 on the campus of Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC. Until the building is complete, pre-requisite courses will be delivered in an alternative academic facility. Click here to view the May School Webcam

The grand opening of the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences will be held on October 8, 2014 and is free and open to the public! Learn more

5. Where will the School of May Nursing and Health Sciences be located on campus?

The May School of Nursing and Health Sciences will be located directly across from the main entrance to campus and the Chaffee Administration building on Highway 194. Classes may also be taught in the Bowman Science Building.

6. What type of facilities will be available to students?

A new 18,000 square foot facility is being constructed on campus. This state-of-the-art facility will ensure substantial space to provide a technology-enhanced curriculum designed to successfully deliver a holistic, individualized nursing program. The facility plan includes two integrative classrooms, a high-fidelity simulation lab and will share collaborative space with other allied health disciplines.

7. What Allied Health programs will be offered?

Allied health professions are developing at a rapid rate as the demands of the healthcare industry become more diverse. Students who major in an allied health field are prepared to work on health care teams as clinicians, technicians, therapists, leaders and other professional roles.

Proposed offerings within the allied health field include Healthcare Administration and Emergency Medical Services and Management.

8. What other Health Sciences programs does Lees-McRae offer?

Lees-McRae College currently offers a degree in Biology with concentrations in Nutrition and Health Sciences. The Health Sciences curriculum prepares students for graduate schools in the areas of Dentistry, Medical, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant and Veterinarian studies. The College also offers Athletic Training which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

9. How can I get more information about Nursing and Allied Health programs?

For more information on Nursing, Allied Health and other programs at Lees-McRae College, you may complete inquiry form or contact Admissions at 800-280-4LMC or If you would like specific information on the nursing program, please contact Dr. Laura Fero, director of nursing, at

10. How soon can I apply to the Nursing or Allied Health programs?

Students may enroll now as a student at Lees-McRae. All Nursing and Allied Health students must complete most of their general education requirements and prerequisite courses during their first two- four semesters of study before fully applying and enrolling in the program.

Beginning Fall 2014, transfer students that have already completed general education requirements, pre-requisites for the nursing program and have met the criteria for admission into the nursing program may apply. Transfer students will submit a separate nursing program application during the admissions process. For questions about transfer enrollment or to have your transcripts reviewed, please contact Candace Silver at or 828-898-2417.

11. Are students interested in earning a nursing degree required to submit SAT/ACT scores at the time of admission to LMC?

No. See LMC's test optional admission policy for more information. All admission requirements to the College can be found here.

12. When students are admitted to Lees-McRae College, are they automatically admitted to the nursing program?

No. Students are first admitted to the College. Additional requirements must be met during the sophomore year for entry into the nursing program. Your academic advisor and program coordinator will work closely with you to guide you through this process. Requirements for entering the nursing program will most likely include:

  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA earned in the first three semesters at LMC
  • Successful completion of CNA I course
  • Earned grades of B or better in all college level Science, Math, and English courses. Also an earned grade of B in the Intro to Nursing course.

Are you an interested current student?

Current students interested in Nursing or Allied Health programs should contact their academic advisor for more information.

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Dr. Laura Fero
Director of Nursing