RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Online


The online RN to BSN program is designed for the Associate Degree or Diploma prepared licensed Registered Nurse who desires to expand their scope of practice and build on previous knowledge. Full time and part-time options allow students to join a cohort of learners in an asynchronous learning environment designed specifically for the working adult.  The goals of the RN to BSN program are to educate professionals to integrate evidence-based clinical knowledge and research, with effective communication and leadership skills, in order to translate best clinical practice into care of individual patients, families, communities, and populations. Nurses educated at the baccalaureate level have been shown to enhance patient outcomes. Additional information regarding the program can be found at the MUSC College of Nursing website.


Sixty semester hours of prerequisite coursework are required for students planning to apply to the RN to BSN program. The preferred minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) is a 2.5. Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in prerequisite courses. Coursework may be in progress at the time of application, but must be completed by the initial date of enrollment. Students will receive 30 credit hours for demonstrating competency in their RN education. There is no time limit on coursework. 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. 

Prerequisites for applicants with an ADN degree

Prerequisite Semester Hours
English Composition/Literature 6 s.h.
Lifespan Human Growth and Development 3 s.h.
Human Anatomy 4 s.h.
Human Physiology 4 s.h.
Microbiology 4 s.h.
Science Elective 4 s.h.
Statistics 3 s.h.
Social Science and Humanities electives 15 s.h.
General Electives 17 s.h.
TOTAL 60 s.h

Prerequisites for applicants with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree

Prerequisite Semester Hours
Lifespan Human Growth and Development 3 s.h.
Human Anatomy 4 s.h.
Human Physiology 4 s.h.
Microbiology 4 s.h.
Science Elective 4 s.h.
Statistics 3 s.h.
TOTAL 22 s.h.

Applicants must submit official transcripts, a resume, essay, and references to complete the application. 

In response to scheduling delays for NCLEX testing, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fall 2020 admits to the RN-BSN program (or DNP program for that page) will have until May 1, 2021 to submit proof of RN licensure.

Application Process

  1. Complete an application through NursingCAS (Nursing Centralized Application Service)
  2. Submit official transcripts from ALL colleges attended through NursingCAS.
  3. Complete an essay within NursingCAS. Upload a resume within NursingCAS. It is highly recommended that applicants have volunteer or work experience in a health care setting.
  4. Provide three references, including one academic reference, within NursingCAS.
  5. All application materials within NursingCAS must be received and verified by the posted application deadline. Please note that once your application is in complete status with NursingCAS, it can take several weeks for it to be verified. We recommend that you apply early
  6. Complete a separate supplemental university application through Enrollment Management at MUSC by the posted deadline

In addition to the application itself the applicant must review supplemental reference materials specific to the program to which they are applying. These forms are available in PDF format within the application and are also sent through email once an application is submitted. 

Application Deadlines

Start Term Application Type Available Deadline
Fall 2020  Regular July 1, 2019 July 10, 2020
Fall 2021 Regular Aug 15, 2020 June 30, 2021

Additional Considerations

TOEFL Scores

The score report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for all applicants whose native language is not English. A TOEFL score of at least 80 is required.

International Applicants

MUSC’s College of Nursing degree programs are unable to admit international students requiring an F-1 visa. Applications will only be accepted from U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or those holding other valid nonimmigrant visa classifications that allow participation in lawful study while in the United States.

State Authorization

MUSC College of Nursing online programs are approved to offer distance education to students in all SARA states and California.  Additional information can be found here.