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RN-BSN, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Registered nurses can earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing in as little as one year.

The Palmetto College Online Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing is issued by the Mary Black School of Nursing at USC Upstate.


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is offered to registered nurses who are graduates of an ACEN (formerly NLN) accredited associate degree or diploma program in nursing. This program offers the RN student the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills needed for professional nursing practice in a wide variety of settings and provides the educational foundation that is the basis for graduate study in nursing. Registered nurses who meet the admission requirements for the RN-BSN program may complete the program in one calendar year of study. Students selecting part-time study may take two years to complete the program.

Course work focuses on professionalism, leadership, healthcare informatics and critical thinking skills nurses need in a rapidly evolving healthcare industry. Classes include role transition, health assessment, nursing research, and community health nursing. All RN-BSN students will complete virtual community clinical experiences, windshield surveys and assessments in their own communities.                               

Prerequisites & Requirements

Students must be an RN with an unencumbered license.

Upper division RN-BSN courses: 32 hours
Transfer credit awarded for basic RN courses: 35 hours
Prerequisite general education courses: 61 hours
Total program requirements: 128 hours
GPA: 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale)


Program Length

If you’re a full-time student, the program should take one year. Part-time students may take two years to complete the program. 
Talk to an advisor about how to balance Palmetto College classes with your schedule.


Important Dates

Semester Application Deadline  Missing Documents Final Registration  Tuition Deadline Class Start
Fall 2016 currently accepting applications       August 18, 2016
Spring 2017 Currently accepting applications No Deadline January 9 2017 January 5 2017 January 9 2017
Summer 2017 No Summer Entry No Summer Entry No Summer Entry No Summer Entry No Summer Entry
Fall 2017 Currently accepting applications No Deadline TBD August 10 2017 August 17 2017


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