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RN-BSN, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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*
*Includes previous credits earned and Palmetto College courses (60-68 hours, depending on degree program)

Get your nursing degree in as little as one year

The Mary Black School of Nursing at the University of South Carolina Upstate's RN-BSN, Bachelor of Science in Nursing program can broaden your career options. The program is offered to registered nurses who are graduates of an ACEN (formerly NLN) accredited associate degree or diploma program in nursing and leads to the Bachelor of Science degree 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.

Upper division nursing courses

Professional Role Transition (3 credit hours)
Health Assessment (3 credit hours)
Current Topics (nursing electives) (6 credit hours)
Nursing research (3 credit hours)
Informatics (3 credit hours)
Quality Initiatives (3 credit hours)
Leadership in Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
Community & Public Health Nursing (6 credit hours)
Professional Issues in Nursing (2 credit hours)