Accelerated BSN


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Student-to-Faculty Clinical Ratio*

Spring 2025 applications open July 1, 2024

Program Overview

The Accelerated Bachelor of Science (ABSN) in Nursing degree program is a four-consecutive semester program, which includes a summer semester. It is an on-campus program, with classroom, clinical, and lab components.

The ABSN program focuses on the knowledge, skills, and values deemed essential for professional nursing practice in today's multifaceted health care system. As a BSN-prepared nurse, graduates may work in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, community agencies, health clinics, long-term care facilities, and private practices.

Special focus is given to leadership, care coordination, and communication skills. Teaching styles are diverse and include classroom instruction, online instruction, and a combination of classroom and virtual activities. Students are expected to be prepared and interactive for all teaching styles.

Why MUSC's ABSN Program


Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program must earn 121 semester hours to complete degree requirements. The Accelerated BSN must be completed on a full time basis.

Year 1, Semester 1

NURSU 315 Health Assessment* 4
NURSU 451 Pathophysiology/Pharmacology I 3
NURSU 385 Professional Nursing & Nursing Practice 2
NURSU 461 Foundations & Gerontologic Nursing* 6
IP 711 IP Foundations & Teamstepps 1
IP ### IP Concentration Course of Choice 1
Semester Total 17

Year 1, Semester 2

NURSU 452 Pathophysiology-Pharmacology II 3
NURSU 464 Research & Evidenced Based Practice in Nursing 3
NURSU 387 Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing* 5
NURSU 454 Medical Surgical Nursing I* 6
Semester Total 17

Year 1, Semester 3

NURSU 417 Women's Health* 5
NURSU 405 Nursing Care with Children & Their Families* 5
NURSU 409 Population Focused Nursing* 5
Semester Total 15

Year 2, Semester 4

NURSU 372 Health Care Systems & Policy** 2
NURSU 376 Leadership & Management in Nursing** 3
NURSU 455 Medical Surgical Nursing II Synthesis Practicum 7
Semester Total 12
Curriculum Total 61
Prerequisite Credit Hour Total 60
Required Credit Hour Total 121

* Clinical course

** Online course

Clinical Experiences

ABSN students participate in clinical experiences throughout various clinical agencies, including in-patient, out-patient, and community settings in the greater Charleston area. Clinical rotations primarily take place at sites located on or close to the MUSC campus.

MUSC operates a 700-bed medical center, a nationally recognized children’s hospital, the NCI-designated Hollings Cancer Center, a Level I trauma center, the Institute of Psychiatry, more than 100 outreach locations across the state, and South Carolina’s only transplant center. 

In addition to rotations in the clinical setting, the College of Nursing uses best practices simulation to provide a safe environment for learning psychomotor and critical thinking skills. Simulation experience also allows students to connect didactic learning with clinical learning.



The Veterans Affairs Nursing Academic Partnership (VANAP) was established in 2007 as a five-year pilot program to facilitate stronger and mutually beneficial partnerships between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Schools of Nursing (SON).

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Prepare to empower patients and promote evidence-based care. Look toward the next stage by applying to one of the College of Nursing’s degree or certificate programs.

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Meet Your Lead Faculty, Dr. Kristen Poston

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Kristen Poston
Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies
Assistant Professor

Dr. Kristen Poston is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. She received her BSN, her Master of Science in Nursing, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)

Dr. Poston joined MUSC as an adjunct faculty member in 2014 and transitioned to a full-time faculty role in 2017. She is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) and is passionate about developing high-quality nurses that are ready for certification and practice, primarily via guiding certification preparation and focused simulation experiences.

She began her career as a Registered Nurse caring for neurology and neurosurgery patients at the bedside. She is currently a AANP certified Family Nurse Practitioner and has cared for patients in urgent care, as well as with a mobile health unit reaching rural and underserved communities.

Dr. Poston aims to inspire excitement and growth in students via supporting their development to become the next generation of nurse change-makers. She considers it an honor and a privilege to empower students to reach their professional goals at her alma mater, MUSC.

Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Anne Marie Guerriero

Anne Marie Guerriero
Undergraduate Program Coordinator

  • RN-BSN/ABSN admissions coordination and letters
  • NursingCAS SuperUser
  • RN-BSN/ABSN registration, LOA, withdrawal processing
  • RN-BSN/ABSN orientation coordination
  • Convocation and graduation coordination

*The Student-to-Faculty Clinical Ratio may vary depending on the specific clinical course.