School of Nursing Offers Online Program



The School of Nursing at the University of South Carolina Aiken recently began offering an online version of the RN to BSN program, which will allow more nurses to receive their bachelor’s degree in a setting other than the traditional classroom.


The program will benefit nurses who have received an associate’s degree or diploma in the field and now wish to receive a baccalaureate degree.


According to Dr. Julia Ball, dean of the USC Aiken School of Nursing, much has changed in the nursing world since the program was initially accredited at the University in 1988. At that time, nurses primarily worked eight hour shifts, resulting in more predictable schedules. Since then, nurses have increasingly moved toward twelve hours shifts and are more frequently putting in overtime.


“The uncertainty of work schedules impacts nurses’ ability to attend a traditional classroom setting course on a regular basis,” said Ball. “Because of this phenomenon, the USCA School of Nursing has received more and more requests from hospital-based nurses in our service area for online courses to replace the traditional classroom format.”


The online program, which was approved by the Commission for Higher Education in May, is one of only four in the state.


“Because there are so few online programs in the state of South Carolina,” said Ball, “students go to neighboring states or the University of Phoenix in order to pursue a BSN degree. Clearly there was room for another online RN to BSN completion program in the state of South Carolina, particularly one targeting prospective students in the Midlands.” 


Students desiring admission to the program must have completed applications to both USC Aiken and the School of Nursing’s BSN program, must present two references, and must possess a valid South Carolina RN license.


For more information, please contact Dr. Julia Ball, dean of the USC Aiken School or Nursing, at (803) 641-3263 or