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Accelerated BSN

The preferred minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) should be a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students must earn a minimum grade of "C" in prerequisite courses. Course work may be in progress at the time of application, but must be completed by the initial date of enrollment.

Three of the four required science courses must be completed at the time of application. The required science courses are human anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and a science elective.

Applicants also should submit official transcripts, three (3) satisfactory reference forms included with the application, a one hundred (100) word essay and a résumé. It is highly suggested that applicants have volunteer or work experience in a health care setting.

After acceptance into the program, you will need to complete several compliance requirements.

Sixty semester hours of prerequisite coursework are required for students planning to apply for the accelerated BSN degree program. This coursework may be completed at any accredited college or university. For students planning to apply to the accelerated BSN program who have not earned a bachelor’s degree in another area, the courses below must be completed by the time you matriculate at the College of Nursing.

Three of the four required science courses must be completed at the time of application. The required science courses are human anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and a science elective.

(Equivalencies at Trident Technical College and the College of Charleston)

 Prerequisite Course Semester Hours
 English Composition/Literature 6 sh
Lifespan Human Growth and Development 3 sh
Human Anatomy 4 sh
Human Physiology 4 sh
Microbiology 4 sh
Statistics 3 sh
Science elective 4 sh
 Social Science and Humanities electives 15 sh
 General electives 17 sh
Total: 60 sh

Many students applying to the accelerated BSN degree program already have an earned bachelor's degree in another area. These students should complete the prerequisite coursework below if planning to apply for the accelerated BSN degree program. These courses must be completed by the time you matriculate at the College of Nursing.

Three of the four required science courses must be completed at the time of application. The required science courses are human anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and a science elective.

(Equivalencies at Trident Technical College and the College of Charleston)

 Prerequisite Course Semester Hours
Lifespan Human Growth and Development 3 sh
Human Anatomy 4 sh
Human Physiology 4 sh
Microbiology 4 sh
Statistics 3 sh
Science elective 4 sh
Total: 22 sh

Prerequisite Coursework Minimum Content Requirements

English Composition/Literature
Six semester hours of course work that emphasizes expository and critical writing, and utilizes selected works of literature for analysis and composition topics.

Human Growth and Development
A three semester hour survey course of theory and research concerned with human growth and development from conception/birth through senescence and death. A course in child development will not fulfill this requirement. CLEP and Excelsior College exams taken after 2001 are acceptable.

Human Anatomy
A four semester hour survey course of the physical structure of human cells, tissues, and organs. This may be a stand-alone human anatomy course or it may be a combined human anatomy and physiology course. If it is a stand-alone human anatomy course, a stand-alone human physiology course is also required. If it is a combined course, a second human anatomy and physiology course will be required to meet the minimum course content requirements. It must include a lab component. Comparative anatomy and physiology courses do not meet the minimum course content requirements.

Human Physiology
A four semester hour survey course of the function and regulation of the human body and physiological integration of the organ systems to maintain homeostasis. Course content should cover the major function of the major organs and organ systems of the body. This may be a stand-alone human physiology course or it may be a combined human anatomy and physiology course. If it is a stand-alone human physiology course, a stand-alone human anatomy course is also required. If it is a combined course, a second human anatomy and physiology course is also required to meet the minimum course content requirements. It must include a lab component. Comparative anatomy and physiology courses do not meet the minimum course content requirements.

Microbiology
A four semester hour survey course of the morphology, structure, metabolism, and growth of microorganisms, including viruses, bacteria, protozoan, and parasites. Basic concepts of virology, epidemiology, and pathogenicity should be included. Must include a laboratory component.

Statistics
A three semester hour course that emphasizes basic statistical concepts. Topics should include descriptive statistics, probability, sampling distributions, hypothesis testing, simple linear regression and correlation, and analysis of variance.

Science elective
While a four semester hour college transfer course is acceptable, biology, chemistry, and physics courses with a laboratory component are preferred.

Social Science and Humanities electives
Fifteen semester hours of college transfer course work are acceptable including anthropology, computer science, management, psychology, sociology, geography, art, ethics, education, foreign languages, literature, philosophy, speech, communications, religion, and fine arts.

General electives
Seventeen semester hours of college transfer course work (non-nursing) are acceptable. Any computer information, public speaking, additional math, and additional science courses are highly recommended. General rule: Any course that is college transfer eligible, the course number is 101 or higher and has not been used to meet other specific prerequisite course work may be used. 

Accelerated BSN Student Confirmation Fee 
The Accelerated BSN program at MUSC is one of the top programs in the country with a competitive entry, particularly for out-of-state students. Because there is a large out-of-state applicant pool and we have limited enrollment, we must be assured that those out-of-state students who are accepted into our program actually attend. Therefore, all out-of-state students who matriculate are required to pay a one-time, non-refundable confirmation fee of $1,000 that will be applied directly to the student’s first-semester tuition charges. The deposit confirms the intention of the accepted out-of-state applicant to enroll and secures a place in the Accelerated BSN program. The confirmation fee for accepted out-of-state students is due by the date stipulated in the program acceptance letter and is non-refundable. If a student pays the confirmation fee and does not enroll in the program, the confirmation fee is forfeited.

International Applicants
Due to several distance-education components of our programs, 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. Professional Licensure The Board of Nursing for each state dictates licensure requirements for Registered Nurses. MUSC College of Nursing applicants should familiarize themselves with the requirements for the state(s) in which they intend to practice using the links the RN Licensure. The MUSC College of Nursing BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). BSN graduates are eligible to sit for national licensure (NCLEX-RN). Passing this exam meets the requirements for professional licensure in South Carolina but other states may have additional requirements. 

Professional Licensure
The Board of Nursing for each state dictates licensure requirements for Registered Nurses. MUSC College of Nursing applicants should familiarize themselves with the requirements for the state(s) in which they intend to practice using the links the RN Licensure. The MUSC College of Nursing BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). BSN graduates are eligible to sit for national licensure (NCLEX-RN). Passing this exam meets the requirements for professional licensure in South Carolina but other states may have additional