Nursing, B.S.N. (proposed B.S.N. pre-licensure program)
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the difference between the nursing program and the RN to BSN program?
The 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 pleased to announce they are exploring new undergraduate degree programs in Nursing and Allied Health (the program has been approved by SACS and is pending approval from CCNE and NCBON).
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 B.S.N. 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 based learning warrants exploring a pre-licensure undergraduate nursing program.
3. When will the May School of Nursing and Allied Health be open?
Construction for the May School of Nursing and Allied Health 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
4. Where will the School of May Nursing and Allied Health be located on campus?
The May School of Nursing and Allied Health 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.
5. What type of facilities will be available to students?
A new 18,000 sq. ft. facility will be constructed on campus. This state-of-the-art facility will ensure adequate lab space, technology and curriculum specific to successfully administer the nursing program. The facility plan includes two classrooms, a technology lab, two labs for nursing and allied health and six faculty offices.
6. 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, direct health care providers, therapists and so forth.
Lees-McRae College currently offers Health Science programs as well as Athletic Training which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Proposed offerings within the allied health field include Healthcare Administration and Emergency Medical Services and Management..
7. What other Health Science programs does LMC offer?
Lees-McRae College currently offers a degree in Biology with concentrations in Nutrition and Health Sciences. The Health Science curriculum prepares students for graduate schools in the areas of Dentistry, Medical, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant and Veterinarian studies.
8. How can I get more information about Nursing and Allied Health programs?
9. 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.
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 wish to enroll beginning Summer 2015 to complete the pre-licensure nursing degree program. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-898-2417.
10. Are students interested in earning a nursing degree required to submit SAT/ACT scores at the time of admission to LMC?
11. 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.
Current students interested in Nursing or Allied Health programs should contact their academic advisor for more information.
Dr. Laura Fero
Director of Nursing