Description of the Curriculum
The curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has an organizing framework from which course objectives and learning activities flow in a logical progression over the length of the program. The process of curriculum construction was deliberate and guided by educational principles and standards for professional nursing practice. Outcome objectives are derived from the philosophy and organizing framework. Objectives are leveled across the curriculum in a logical sequence moving from simple to complex. The conceptual framework reflects three central concepts of professional values (caring and diversity), communication, and role development (provider of care, coordinator of care, and member of the profession). Critical thinking is used to inculcate these concepts.
The BSN curriculum is designed to be completed within four years by traditional students. The RN/BSN Completion nursing courses are offered only online and can be completed in as little as 12-18 months.
The nursing curriculum has a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, and its design reflects congruence with the School of Nursing philosophy, conceptual framework, standards of professional nursing practice, BSN outcome objectives, and course progression.
Program Track Options
The UofSC Aiken School of Nursing offers the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) in two track options:
- The 4-Year Traditional BSN Track
- The RN/BSN Completion Track for Current RN's
To determine which track is the right option for you, answer a few easy questions in the flowchart below.
About the Traditional BSN Track
This program is approved by the South Carolina State Board of Nursing and is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Graduates of this program are prepared to practice professional nursing in a variety of settings and have the necessary background for graduate nursing education.
About the RN/BSN Completion Track
The School of Nursing provides for articulation of associate degree and diploma graduates into the RN/BSN Completion track following the Statewide Articulation Model. Students are awarded 34 hours of major credit toward the BSN and credit for general education courses that are applicable to the degree. The RN/BSN Completion nursing courses are offered only online and can be completed in 12-18 months.