RN to BSN

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Asynchronous online

#4

Online RN-BSN program in the nation, US News ranking

Now accepting applications for Fall 2024

Application Deadline: June 30, 2024

Program Overview

The RN to BSN degree program is a fully online, 3 semester or 6 semester 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. 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. Your BSN journey will include exciting and innovative inter/intraprofessional opportunities.

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. 

Why MUSC's RN-BSN Program

  • Fully online, asynchronous designed specifically for the working adult
  • Full-time (3 semesters) and part-time (6 semesters) options available
  • Cohort-based
  • Clinical/Practicum experiences (1 per semester) focus on gerontology/vulnerable populations, community/public health, and leadership/quality improvement.
  • Dedicated RN-BSN faculty with expertise in nursing education and adult learning

Curriculum

Students enrolled in the RN to BSN Nursing degree program must earn 125 semester hours to complete degree requirements. Students may start in Fall semester.

Year 1, Fall

NURSU 356 Dynamics of Professional Practice & Interprofessional Nursing Care 3
NURSU 412 Information Management 2
NURSU 359 Healthy Aging & Health Promotion 4
NURSU 411 Research & Evidence-Based Practice 3
Semester Total 12

Year 1, Spring

NURSU 357 Health Assessment for Rn  3 
NURSU 358 Pathophysiology 3
NURSU 413 Community & Population Focused Nursing 6
Semester Total 12

Year 1, Summer

NURSU 426 Leadership and Management 3
NURSU 427 Health Systems & Policy 3
NURSU 428 Practicum-Clinical Management & Decision-Making
5
Semester Total 11
Curriculum Total 35
Prerequisite Credit Hour Total 60
Pre-Licensure Total 30
Required Credit Hour Total 125

Year 1, Fall

NURSU 356 Dynamics of Professional Practice & Interprofessional Nursing Care 3
NURSU 411 Research & Evidence-Based Practice 3
Semester Total 6

Year 1, Spring

NURSU 357 Health Assessment for Rn 3
NURSU 358 Pathophysiology 3
Semester Total 6

Year 1, Summer

NURSU 426 Leadership and Management 3
NURSU 427 Health Systems & Policy 3
Semester Total 6

Year 2, Fall

NURSU 412 Information Management 2
NURSU 359 Healthy Aging & Health Promotion 4
Semester Total 6

Year 2, Spring

NURSU 413 Community & Population Focused Nursing
6
Semester Total 6

Year 2, Summer

NURSU 428 Practicum-Clinical Management & Decision-Making
5
Semester Total 5
Curriculum Total 35
Prerequisite Credit Hour Total 60
Pre-Licensure Total 30
Required Credit Hour Total 125

Course Equivalencies

Prerequisite coursework for the RN to BSN program may be completed at any South Carolina Technical College or accredited University before matriculating at the College of Nursing.

Clinical Experience

The RN-BSN Program provides rich and varied opportunities to assist the practicing nurse/student integrate new practice-related knowledge and skills that will transition them from the Associate Degree or diploma to the baccalaureate level of proficiency.

There are clinical courses with a focus on the following: gerontology, community/public health, and leadership. The clinical hours will consist of a project that may include virtual or live work.

Out-of-state students are responsible for contacting their state nursing board to verify any requirements that are needed in order to conduct clinicals as a distance student.

Admissions

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
DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CHSE
Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies
Assistant Professor
mcdanikf@musc.edu

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
guerriea@musc.edu

  • 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

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.

Before applying, please ensure your state of residence is authorized Click here for more information>> 

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.

College of Nursing Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program, master's degree program, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the MUSC College of Nursing are accredited by:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

Phone: 202-887-6791

Undergraduate Program

The Undergraduate Program is fully approved by:

South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Board of Nursing
Synergy Business Park
Kingstree Building
110 Centerview Drive, Suite 202
Columbia, SC 29210

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 12387
Columbia, SC 29211-2367

Phone: 803-896-4550
FAX: 803-896-4525
https://www.llr.state.sc.us/

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Track

The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner track of the masters program is fully approved by:

National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Nurses
800 South Frederick Avenue, Suite 104,
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150.

Phone: 888-641-2767
FAX: 301-330-1504
https://www.pncb.org