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Nursing, B.S.

Apply your passion for helping others.

Being a nurse is one of the most impactful careers you can choose. You can go anywhere in the world and change lives, but it all starts at our renowned nursing program at LR

Started in 1910, the nursing program at LR is one of the oldest in the state and the first fully accredited program at a faith-based college or university. It is ranked as one of the best programs in North Carolina and is highly regarded throughout the country with more than 90 percent of students passing the state licensure exam each year.

Typically, most LR nursing students have already been offered and accepted full-time positions prior to graduating.

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Take the next step toward completing your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Lenoir-Rhyne University.


The School of Nursing provides baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs grounded in Christian faith and liberal arts. We educate nursing leaders who influence the quality of health care through the promotion of health and the management of illness in a global society.

The faculty strives to develop specific cognitive, affective, psychomotor and technological skills in students to enable you to work in collaboration with other members of the health care team and improve the quality of health care through the use of information technology, clinical judgment and research.

Nursing faculty believe that the development of nurse leaders is best accomplished within the context of a Christian caring perspective.

Degree Pathways

Nursing students have the opportunity to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree through these pathways.

  • RN to BSN
    In the RN to BSN route, you can earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing through the pre-licensure path. If you’ve already earned an associate degree in nursing, you can take this program and work as a nurse, while completing your bachelor’s degree in three or four semesters.
  • RIBN (Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate prepared Nurses)
    RIBN is a dual enrollment program where you have the opportunity to complete coursework at both Lenoir-Rhyne University and a number of area community colleges. You take a pre-approved list of courses at community college to earn your Associate Degree in Nursing before transferring fully to LR to complete your BSN.

Lenoir-Rhyne nursing students benefit from both the applied sciences and a core curriculum based in the liberal arts.

Students apply to the School of Nursing in the spring of their sophomore year. Once accepted, students begin the program in the fall of the junior year. Upon graduation, nurses are prepared to take the national licensure exam (NCLEX) and are ready to enter the nursing profession and provide direct patient care.

Nursing program graduates are prepared to pursue graduate study in nursing and to continue education in emerging nursing fields. By graduating with your BSN from LR, you will be eligible for alumni tuition discounts for the Master of Science in Nursing program and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Sarah Morton

Lenoir-Rhyne is unique because of the individual care and compassion for each student and their success. It is very genuine. Everyone wants to see you succeed.

Sarah Morton '19, Nursing

Learning Outside the Classroom

Qualified nursing students may become members of Mu Alpha, Lenoir-Rhyne’s local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing.

Sigma Theta Tau International provides leadership and scholarship in practice, education and research to enhance the health of all people. The honor society supports the learning and professional development of its members, who strive to improve nursing care worldwide.

You also have the opportunity to participate in regular student community service initiatives such as fundraising activities for campus-wide events, Foothills Homeless Veteran Stand Down and community health promotion projects.

Career Opportunities

LR’s nursing program prepares you for a wide variety of nursing-related positions across multiple specialty areas, such as: obstetrics, gynecology, labor/delivery, newborn/neonatal intensive care, pediatrics, medical/surgical/operating room services, intensive/critical care, oncology/palliative care, home health/public health, geriatric care and psychiatric care.

News & Events

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Board of Trustees has renewed the contract of Dr. Fred Whitt, LR president, for a six-year term. The board unanimously approved the new contract at its meeting in November; the contract became effective Jan. 1 and will continue through Jan. 1, 2028.

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