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RN-BSN FAQs

Nursing

What prerequisite courses are needed for admission?

This site lists the prerequisite coursework for College of Nursing students: RN-BSN admission requirements

How do I determine which courses will meet the prerequisite coursework and transfer to the College of Nursing?

Many prospective students find it helpful to request an unofficial transcript evaluation. Please scan and e-mail your transcripts to drakem@musc.edu.

If I am still enrolled in prerequisite coursework, can I still apply?

Yes, coursework may be in progress when you make application to the College of Nursing. However, it must be completed with a grade of “C” or better prior to your matriculation (or start) date at the College of Nursing. Students may not begin their MUSC coursework without having all prerequisite coursework completed.

How do I apply for admission?

Applications must be submitted electronically

New applications open July each year. Applications are received and processed centrally by the Office of Enrollment Management. Questions about the application should be directed to Mary-Kate Ward, the nursing admissions specialist.

What is required for the admission packet?

The application, the application fee ($95), official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (even if it was just one course), three completed reference forms (provided with the application), a resume, and a response to a short 100 word essay. The current essay asks applicants to respond to this statement: “How do you contribute to the diversity of the College of Nursing?”

May I submit reference letters instead of forms?

No, we must receive the official reference forms. Generally, we prefer academic and/or professional references. These forms will be available when you begin the application process. They may be sent to the person providing the reference electronically or you may download and provide to the reference personally.

What does the admission’s committee look for in a strong application?

The rubric for admission includes:

  • Work experience = 20%
  • Essay (100 words or less) = 15%
  • Leadership = 15%
  • References (scoring 1-10) = 15%
  • Prerequisites GPA = 15%
  • CUM GPA = 10%
  • RN GPA  10%

Do you accept international students?

No. 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.

Is financial aid available?

Tuition and fees are reviewed annually and approved by the MUSC Board of Trustees. Please go to this site for a comprehensive student budget.

For more information about financial aid.

Are scholarships available?

Scholarships are available to students who have completed a FAFSA and short College of Nursing scholarship application. They are awarded based on need, academic merit, and scholarship criteria after a student has been admitted to the College of Nursing. Generally, most scholarship awards are one-time and range from $1,000 to $8,000.  The listing of available scholarships and application can be found at http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/nursing/administration/studentservices/muscfoundationscholarships.htm

Can I enroll part-time?

No, all students are admitted to the RN-BSN program full-time.

What is the access to faculty, preceptors, and technology support?
Online students will have access to College of Nursing faculty and advisors through established "office hours" when synchronous communication can occur via videoconferencing, email, or telephone. Faculty and students may chose to make additional arrangements to meet. Students at a distance can use regional experts as preceptors. Technology support is available Monday - Friday via the Technology Help  Desk.

Is MUSC’s RN-BSN program an approved online program in my state?

MUSC’s RN-BSN program is approved to offer online distance education to students in all SARA states and California. Additional information can be found here.  Out-of-state applicants and students are responsible for contacting their State Board of Nursing to determine any requirements that are needed in order to complete clinical rotations as a distance student.  The NCSBN provides a quick search of Prelicensure Distance Education Requirements per state.

If I intend to move, what is necessary to obtain licensure in another state?

The Board of Nursing for each state dictates licensure requirements for 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 this site.

 

Read E-Connections, the College of Nursing newsletter and Lifelines, the College of Nursing magazine, to learn more about the MUSC College of Nursing Here.