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Program Overview

The RN-BSN degree program is a fully online, 12-month, three consecutive semester program (fall, spring, summer) designed for the Associate Degree or Diploma prepared licensed Registered Nurse. Students join a cohort of learners in an asynchronous online environment designed specifically for the working adult. As a MUSC student, you will benefit from the academic excellence we offer as an academic health science center with six (6) colleges: the College of Medicine, College of Graduate Studies, College of Dentistry, College of Pharmacy, and College of Health Professions. Your BSN journey will include exciting and innovative inter/intraprofessional opportunities.

Courses are 5 weeks in length for didactic courses, except for the Research course as we spend time building knowledge and skills needed for your new BSN role. The evidence-based practice and clinical courses are 13-15 weeks in length and are not standard nursing clinical courses as the program focuses on building your project through the semesters, and new knowledge in areas you identify as a student. There is one clinical course each semester with a focus on the following: gerontology, community/public health, and leadership. The clinical hours consist of a project that may include either virtual or live work. 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 communication skills in today's multifaceted health care system. 60 semester hours of prerequisites must be completed prior to entering the program, taken at an accredited school, and meet the minimum course requirements.

The RN-BSN program provides a foundation for graduate study in nursing. MUSC offers the Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Philosophy degrees (DNP or PhD). Our graduate programs are online.

The College of Nursing RN-BSN program admits one cohort annually beginning fall semester. The deadline for completed Fall 2018 applications is June 30, 2018.

Admission to the RN-BSN Program is handled through the Office of Enrollment Management. On this site, you will find information about the admission process, financial aid, tuition and fees. This site also has information for international applicants.

State Authorization

The U.S. Department of Education requires that any institution offering online/distance education programs to out-of-state students must obtain authorization from their state of residence. The authorization requirements, as well the application processes, vary from state-to-state. Before applying, please ensure your state of residence is authorized Click here for more information>> 

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.