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RN-BSN

Program Overview

The RN-BSN degree program is a fully online, 12-month program, designed for the Associate Degree or Diploma prepared licensed Registered Nurse who desires to expand their scope of practice and build on previous knowledge. Students join a cohort of learners in an asynchronous online environment designed specifically for the working adult. The program focuses on the knowledge, skills, and values deemed essential for professional nursing practice with a specific focus on leadership, care coordination, evidence-based practice, and teamwork/collaboration skills in today's multifaceted health care system.

Our unique approach to educational advancement is based on our commitment to a personalized learning experience. Each student is valued for the knowledge and experiences he/she brings to the program and we work diligently to assure each learner’s personal and professional potential is a top priority. Our program of study consists of 10 courses, all interconnected, to form a comprehensive and constructivist approach to accelerated learning. RN-BSN faculty are committed to the success and well-being of our students and recognize our faculty-student relationships as a honor and privilege.

Your BSN journey will include exciting and innovative inter/intraprofessional opportunities. As a MUSC student, you are a member of our academic health science center, consisting of six (6) colleges: the College of Medicine, College of Graduate Studies, College of Dentistry, College of Pharmacy, and College of Health Professions. Our RN-BSN program serves as a foundation for your career goals, whatever they may be, including: clinical practice excellence, research, advanced practice, and leadership opportunities.

MUSC’s RN-BSN Program Highlights:
• 3 consecutive semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer)
• Fully online, asynchronous
• Cohort-based
• Dedicated RN-BSN faculty with expertise in nursing education and adult learning
• Clinical/Practicum experiences (1 per semester) focus on gerontology/vulnerable populations, community/public health, and leadership/quality improvement.
60 semester hours of prerequisites must be completed prior to entering the program.

State Authorization

MUSC is approved by South Carolina to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.  MUSC is authorized to offer online distance education programs to students who live in all NC-SARA states, which includes all states except California.  MUSC is also authorized to offer distance education programs to students who live in California because MUSC is a public institution of higher education, and California has no restrictions on such institutions providing distance education to its residents.

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Professional Licensure

The Board of Nursing for each state dictates licensure requirements for Registered Nurses and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. MUSC College of Nursing applicants and students should familiarize themselves with the requirements for the state(s) in which they intend to practice using the links below. Additional questions may be directed to the Director of Student Services and Alumni Affairs: Jessica Williams

MUSC is approved to offer online distance education to all SARA states and California.

The MUSC College of Nursing BSN and DNP programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). BSN graduates are eligible to sit for national licensure (NCLEX-RN) and DNP graduates are eligible to sit for national certification (ANCC, AANP, PNCB) in their specified track (A/GNP, FNP, PMHNP, PNP). Passing these exams meet the requirements for professional licensure in South Carolina but other states may have additional requirements.

International Applicants

Due to several distance-education components of this program, MUSC is unable to issue- I-20 forms to allow students to obtain F-1 student visas. Only U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and those holding other valid U.S. visas will be accepted.