Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:05/9/2014 
Constituent Institution:NC A&T University 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Nursing 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:51.3801 
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:Bachelor of Science in Nursing 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:BSN 
Date of Initiation:01/7/2015 
Will this sequence of courses be completely individual access (e.g., Internet, videocassette)? NO 
If "yes," what will be the mode of delivery? 
If "no," list proposed sites.

Moses Cone Hospital

200 East Northwood Street


Guilford County

North Carolina

If short-based, length of time to complete the prog (e.g., 1 year, 18 mos.):Part-time; 2 years (24 months) 

SACS/COC substantive change questions (1=Procedure One; 2=Procedure Two)

Site-based (where the instructor is present):

Is the institution initiating instruction where the student may earn more than 25% and less than 50% of credits toward a degree at a site 30 miles or more from the campus? (2) NO 
Is the institution initiating an (additional) off-campus site at which students may earn at least 50% of an educational program? (1) NO 
Is the institution adding significantly different degree programs at a currently approved site? (2) NO 
Distance learning (where instructor and student are geographically separated):
Is the institution offering its first credit courses via technology-based instruction by which students can obtain at least 25% of credits toward a degree program? (2) NO 
Is the institution expanding a previously reported program from less than 50% of credits to 50% or more of a degree program? (2) NO 
Is the institution adding a significantly different program from previously reported programs offered via technology-based instruction? (2) NO 
Does this action constitute a substantive change? If so, by what date should SACS be notified?  
1. Briefly describe the proposed program and intended audience.

This offering of the BSN program was planned specifically for the registered nurse whose career goals will be enhanced through additional study. It is tailored for RNs who have an associate’s degree in nursing and wish to advance their career by completing a bachelor's degree in nursing. The design will facilitate either part-time or full-time study. 

2. Describe the proposed instructional delivery systems (e.g., on-site instruction by faculty, interactive video, Internet, etc.).

The instructional method is a face-to-face campus format offered on the Cone Health campus, for nurses employed in that health system and other RNs residing in Guilford and adjacent counties. Thirty-one percent of the program will be taught on-site. Students will use Blackboard for supplemental instruction.

3. Describe need for the program (referencing results of surveys or special studies).

This opportunity will change the educational mix of practicing nurses in North Carolina from a majority of associate degree graduates to 60% BSN and 40% ADN as prescribed by the North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON, 2010).  The Institute of Medicine report indicates a more ambitious goal of having 80% of all nurses prepared at the baccalaureate level by 2020. We are offering the BSN degree in this format to increase access to baccalaureate degree in a location convenient to working nurses.

The School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is offering a similar degree in this location.  The building will accommodate both programs.  There are other UNC institutions offering a similar program.  These include Winston Salem State University, East Carolina University, UNC-Charlotte, and Western Carolina.


Cone Health has requested that the BSN curriculum be delivered on-site and accessible to their nursing workforce. There are approximately 650 nurses with Associate Degrees employed by this network of healthcare facilities.  The School of Nursing at North Carolina A & T State University and Cone Health has an agreement (MOU) outlining the arrangement for space utilization.  The facilities are provided to the School of Nursing at no cost to the institution.

4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:25 
Year 2:30 
Year 3:30 
Year 4:30 
Year 5:30 
his intent to plan a new distance education degree program (or program site) has been reviewed and approved by the appropriate campus committees and authorities.
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Contact Name:Dr. Beryl C. McEwen 
Contact Title:Vice Provost for Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness