Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Does Mars Hill University (MHU) have nursing programs?
Mars Hill University has two types of Bachelor in Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree programs: an RN to BSN Program and a Traditional Pre-licensure BSN Program.

2. What is the difference between an RN to BSN Program and a Traditional, Pre-licensure BSN Program?
An RN to BSN Program is for Registered Nurses (RNs) who earned an Associate Degree or Diploma from their previous nursing schools. The RN to BSN Program offers Associate Degree-prepared and/or Diploma-prepared RNs a convenient, accessible, cost-effective way to complete the BSN degree.  The MHU RN to BSN Program began in May 2015 at the Adult and Graduate Studies instructional location on Airport Road in Asheville.

A Traditional, Pre-licensure BSN program is for students desiring to become a Registered Nurse through a nursing school that awards a BSN degree. Upon graduation from such a college or university, the student would be eligible to apply to take the national licensing exam (NCLEX-RN).  The Traditional, Pre-licensure BSN Program began in Fall 2016.

3. How would I major in nursing at Mars Hill University?
To major in nursing at Mars Hill University, you must first be enrolled as a MHU student, then apply to the Judge-McRae School of Nursing. Admission application to the university for the RN to BSN Program is through Adult and Graduate Studies. Admission application to the university for the Traditional, Pre-licensure BSN Program is through the MHU Admissions office. Requirements can be found on our academic programs page.

4. How much does it cost to study nursing at MHU?
You can estimate the cost for tuition to MHU on the Financial Aid page for the Traditional, Pre-licensure Program. The estimated tuition costs for MHU Adult and Graduate Studies can be found on the Adult and Graduate Studies link. Note that there are typically additional costs for students in specialty programs such as nursing.

5. What financial assistance is available to current and future nursing students?
Contact the Financial Aid Office for information on assistance for the Traditional, Pre-licensure program. Contact the Adult and Graduate Studies Office for information on assistance for post-licensure programs (such as the RN to BSN Program). Mention interest in nursing programs as there are scholarships available for students in the BSN programs.

6. What are the requirements to get into the RN to BSN Program?
See the RN to BSN Program link on admission requirements and application form.

7. What are the requirements to get into the Traditional, Pre-licensure BSN Program?
See the requirements posted on line to use as a guide. Note that preliminary advisement is available and strongly recommended.

8. What is the expected curriculum for the RN to BSN Program?
See the RN to BSN Program link on projected curriculum for the one-year program. The program is planned as a one-year program for Registered Nurses who have completed all but 3-4 general education and nursing cognate courses prior to entry into the program. The program completion requires two years to complete on a part-time basis if the remaining general education and nursing cognate courses equal 5-8 prior to program entry. Students would meet at the Asheville location for the Adult and Graduate Studies one afternoon-evening each week for classroom participation and also complete online assignments and interactions.

9. How do I know how many non-nursing courses I still need for the RN to BSN Program?
An unofficial transcript review is available to assist you. Contact Marlene Gile, Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Nursing at mgile@mhu.edu for directions.

10. How many students will be accepted into the RN to BSN Program each year?
The maximum class size is 25-30 Registered Nurses.

11. What is the expected curriculum for the Traditional, Pre-licensure BSN Program?
See the Pre-licensure BSN Program Curriculum link.

12. Where would clinical rotations be done?
At this time, there are agreements with several clinical facilities across the western North Carolina region to provide varied experiences which are consistent with the Mission and Vision of both the university and the Judge-McRae School of Nursing. Some of those facilities are Hot Springs Health, Madison County Health Department, Veterans’ Administration Medical Center, Mission Health, Buncombe County Health Department, Haywood Regional Medical Center, Blue Ridge Health, Brian Center, Mars Hill Retirement Center, and Pardee Hospital.  Additional agreements are pending.

13. How many students will be admitted into the Traditional, Pre-licensure BSN Program?
Class size will be 25 students with 5 alternates for the Traditional, Pre-licensure BSN Program.

14. When will the new building be completed?
The Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Ferguson Health Sciences Center was Friday, March 13, 2015. Construction for the building, which houses the Judge-McRae School of Nursing, was completed in August 2016.

15. Are the nursing programs fully accredited?
Mars Hill University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).The SACS Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) approved MHU in April 2015 to award the BSN.  The North Carolina Board of Nursing officially approved MHU to begin advertising for the Traditional, Pre-licensure BSN Program on February 1, 2016.    The BSN degree is accredited by The Commission of Colleges on Nursing Education (CCNE) as of September 2016.

16. I already have a bachelor’s degree in another discipline. What are my options if I want to be a nurse?
Options are to apply to the university then to the Judge-McRae School of Nursing for the Traditional, Pre-licensure BSN Program.  The general education requirements would already be met if the degree is from a regionally accredited university. Although an Accelerated BSN Program (ABSN) is anticipated to be offered through MHU in the future, that program is not in place at this time.  There are ABSN programs at other universities in western North Carolina.

17. I still have a few questions. Whom should I contact?
For RN to BSN: Adult and Graduate Studies and School of Nursing
For Traditional, Pre-licensure BSN: MHU Admissions Office, Financial Aid and School of Nursing