Lees-McRae College, a private institution affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, was established in 1900. The May School of Nursing and Health Sciences was founded in 2014.
What is the course of study for the nursing program at Lees-McRae?
The program starts with general nursing courses with a foundation in liberal arts and basic sciences. Then, after two years, the students go on to the nursing focused classes.
Under the direction of the nursing faculty, students are given the opportunities to learn through the classroom and clinical experiences. The school prides itself on the small student to faculty ratios of 8:1. Beyond that, students are given 1,100 hours in the clinical settings. Clinical time is spent mostly in the hospitals, but around 25% of the time is spent in the Hart Simulation Center lab. The lab has been designated as a Gaumard premier site, one of only 33 in the country.
Upon graduation of the program, students become eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and be licensed in his/her state as a registered nurse (RN).
Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) - RN to BSN
The May School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Lees-McRae College offers an online Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program designed for those who are already licensed registered nurses with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing or Diploma in Registered Nursing.
This program helps to further adult education with the option of working full time. The classes are eight weeks in length and two courses are taken every session. This program can be completed in two years. The non-nursing courses are built into the program.
There are additional clinical hours for the nurse to complete in local hospitals and community-based centers. The online system has interactive learning with real-time feedback integrated throughout the curriculum. These include practice tests, case studies, step-by-step skills instruction, and video clips of disease processes or nursing procedures.
Admission (not all-inclusive)
- 3.0 cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater
- B- or higher earned in courses designated as BIO, MAT, or CHM
- Letter of Intent
- Three Letters of Reference from peer, professional, professor
- Transcripts from all colleges attended as well as Lees-McRae
RN to BSN Admissions Requirements (not all-inclusive)
- Associate degree in nursing or diploma in registered nursing
- License as a registered nurse
- Official transcript(s) from all colleges and postsecondary schools attended
- Two letters of professional recommendation
Rankings and Accolades
US News & World Report (2019-2020)
- #48 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (tie)
- #33 (tie) in Regional Colleges South
- #27 in Best Value Schools
- #264-#346 in Best Online Bachelor's Programs
- Safest College Campuses in America #605 of 1,379
- Best College Locations in America #696 of 1,607
- Most Conservative Colleges in America #131 of 1,692
- Most Diverse Colleges in America #885 of 1,592
- Safest College Campuses in North Carolina #4 of 38
- Best College Locations in North Carolina #13 of 50
- Most Conservative Colleges in North Carolina #19 of 21
- Most Diverse Colleges in North Carolina #29 of 48
Colleges of Distinction named Lees-McRae College a College of Distinction within the prestigious North Carolina cohort (2020-2021).
EDsmart.org ranked Lees-McRae online programs among the top ten in North Carolina (May 2019).
Lees-McRae online learning programs ranked #18 on The Best College's annual ranking of Best Online Colleges in North Carolina (2017).
Best Master of Science in Nursing Degrees ranked the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences #2 as the up and coming to nursing school in the south.
Approval and Accreditation
The North Carolina Board of Nursing approved the BSN program at Lees-McRae College.
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the baccalaureate degree in nursing program at Lees-McRae College.
Lees-McRae College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.