Basic Nursing Education (ADN or Diploma)-34 credits
General Education courses*:
Introduction to Chemistry-4 credits
English Composition (101)-3 credits
English Composition/Literature (102)-3 credits
Introductory Psychology-3 credits
Developmental Psychology-3 credits
Introductory Sociology-3 credits
Applied Speech-3 credits
College Algebra-3 credits
History of Civilization-3 credits
American Government or American History-3 credits
Humanities-9 credits-certain courses in Communications, History, Art History, Music History, Theatre History, Philosophy (exc. Logic), Religion, Humanities, Honors. Please refer to the USCA Bulletin for a complete list of approved Humanities courses.
General Education credits-55
Nursing Major Requirements:
Professional Nursing-3 credits
Health Assessment-3 credits
Nursing Care of the Client with Complex Health Needs-3 credits
Gerontological Nursing-3 credits
Nursing Research-3 credits
Community Health Nursing-5 credits
Ethical-Legal Issues in Nursing-3 credits
Leadership & Management-5 credits
Nursing Major Requirement credits-31
Total hours needed for BSN degree-120 hours
*All General Education courses to be completed before the Nursing Major Requirements. The School of Nursing will accept a baccalaureate or master’s degree as satisfying all USCA general education requirements for students who apply to the RN to BSN track. This does not preclude satisfactory completion of the nursing program’s requirement of 30 hours of core prerequisites. This also does not preclude satisfactory completion of ICE credits, and the Writing Proficiency Portfolio.
These are requirements all USC Aiken students must complete in order to be eligible for graduation.
- Non-Western Requirement: All USCA students are required to take one course considered Non- Western. Ideally, this requirement is met with another required course. However, if you have transferred courses into all of the areas where this requirement can be met, you will have to take a Non-Western course. Your advisor will help you identify areas where this requirement can be met.
- Writing Intensive Requirement (WI): The RN-BSN program has three WI courses built into the program. By the time you graduate, you will have your Writing Intensive requirement completed.
- Inter-Curricular Enrichment Requirement (ICE): These are lectures and other events delivered online. USC Aiken RN-BSN students need to complete 4 ICE events over the course of the program. Students receive credit by viewing podcasts and submitting a written description of the lecture/event.
- Writing Proficiency Requirement (WP): All USC Aiken students must show that they have solid writing skills. This requirement can be met in two different ways. You can submit a writing portfolio (three research papers previously written and one reflective essay) or take and pass with a C or better ENGL 201: Writing in the University. Your RN-BSN advisor will discuss this in more detail as you move through the program.