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2018-2019 USC Lancaster Bulletin 
  Dec 14, 2018
2018-2019 USC Lancaster Bulletin

Nursing-R.N., B.S.N.

Learning Outcomes

  • Provide evidence-based clinically competent care across the continuum of care.
  • Demonstrate cultural awareness, sensitivity, and competency in providing nursing care to individuals’ families and groups within a diverse society.
  • Make clinical judgments using reflection, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.
  • Use information and health care technologies for effective health care delivery. 
  • Exhibit personal professional behavior in all professional activities. 
  • Perform health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention care activities for individuals, groups, and populations.
  • Work effectively as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team. 
  • Assume leadership roles within the scope of professional practice.
  • Perform the professional roles of care provider, coordinator of care, member of a profession, and life-long learner.

Degree Requirements (120 Hours)

See College of Nursing  for entrance requirements, progression requirements, and other regulations.

Carolina Core Requirements

CMW: Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Written Component (6 hours)

ARP: Analytical Reasoning and Problem-Solving (6 hours)

Note: May substitute for  STAT 201 for STAT 205.

GFL: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language (0-6 hours)

  • Demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by achieving a score of two or higher on Foreign Language Placement Test or by completing one Foreign Language through 110 or 121.

GHS: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking (3 hours)

  • Any approved Carolina Core GHS course.

GSS: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (6 hours)


AIU: Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 hours)

  • Any approved Carolina Core AIU course.

CMS: Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component (3 hours)

  • Any approved overlay or stand-alone Carolina Core course.

INF: Information Literacy (3 hours)

  • Any approved overlay or stand-alone Carolina Core INF course.

VSR: Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility (3 hours)

  • Any approved overlay or stand-alone Carolina Core VSR course.

Note: Electives (9-24 hours)

Pre and co-requisite required courses (*) in addition to Carolina Core Courses (60 Total Hours).

See RN-BSN entrance requirements under College of Nursing heading.

Upper Division RN-BSN Courses (28 Hours)

Courses are offered in 7-week blocks in an online format:

    Licensure Exam Credit

    After admission to the RN-BSN program and completion of all BSN degree requirements: Students awarded an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from an accredited (ACEN, formerly NLNAC) program OR Students with a Diploma in Nursing from an accredited (ACEN, formerly NLNAC) program will be awarded up to 38 credits towards meeting educational competenices for their degree (RN Licensure). Number of credits awarded will be determined after careful review of the student transcript and program of study requirements (RN Licensure). Additional coursework may be needed to satisfy outstanding credits not met by ADN or Diploma degree. Education competency credits are held and will be awarded upon successful complettion of all BSN degree requirements.

    USC Residency requirements for BSN Graduation

    The last 25% of a student’s degree must be completed in residence (meaning through USC Columbia coursework or other USC campus), and at least half of the hours in the student’s major and minor courses (if applicable) must be taken at the University, i.e. 122 credits = 31 hours. Advanced placement exam credits or transfer credits do not meet this requirement. Students must meet these requirements to be eligible for BSN graduation.

    Program Requirements (3-5 hours)

    • PSYC 101  or SOCY 101 , whichever was not fulfilled by the GSS requirement above
    • Additional Electives (0-5 hours, or more, as needed to meet minimum 120 hours required for graduation)