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


RN-BSN Program (Post-Licensure)

In order to be eligible for the RN-BSN program, students must meet all the admission requirements of the College of Nursing and University. Specific RN-BSN program admission requirements are as follows:

  • An Associate Degree in Nursing or Diploma in Nursing from an accredited program
  • Official Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Application
  • Application Fee
  • English Proficiency Requirement1
  • Other Supporting Materials - Criminal Background check and drug screen
  • Current unrestricted Registered Nurse (RN) license to practice professional nursing in the United States
  • Minimum Nursing (Previous Associate or Diploma) Degree GPA of 3.0002

International applicants must be proficient in the English language. A score of 550 or above on the paper version of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required. (A score of 210 or higher on the computerized version is required, and a minimum score of 77 on the Internet version is required.) TOEFL scores are not required for international students from countries where the primary language of instruction is English nor from graduates of high schools in the United States.


Students with a life GPA between 2.8 - 2.99 may be conditionally admitted, provided they have not completed more than 120 hours of prior collegiate coursework and have met all other admission requirements.

Degree Requirements (120 hours)

Program of Study

Requirements Credit Hours
1. Carolina Core 32-44
2. College Requirements 7
3. Program Requirements 38-50
4. Major Requirements 28

Founding Documents Requirement

All undergraduate students must take a 3-credit course or its equivalent with a passing grade in the subject areas of History, Political Science, or African American Studies that covers the founding documents including the United State Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation and one or more documents that are foundational to the African American Freedom struggle, and a minimum of five essays from the Federalist papers.  This course may count as a requirement in any part of the program of study including the Carolina Core, the major, minor or cognate, or as a general elective.  Courses that meet this requirement are listed here.

1. Carolina Core Requirements (32-44 hours)

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

ARP – Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving (6 hours) 

Note: May substitute for  STAT 201 for STAT 205.

SCI – Scientific Literacy (8 hours)


Pre-requisite course for nursing courses.

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 the Foreign Language Placement Test or by completing one Foreign Language through 110 or 121.

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

GSS – Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (3 hours) 

AIU – Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 hours)

CMS – Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component1 (0-3 hours)

INF – Information Literacy1 (0-3 hours)

VSR – Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility1 (0-3 hours)


Carolina Core Stand Alone or Overlay Eligible Requirements — Overlay-approved courses offer students the option of meeting two Carolina Core components in a single course. A maximum of two overlays is allowed. The total Carolina Core credit hours must add up to a minimum of 31 hours. Some programs may have a higher number of minimum Carolina Core hours due to specified requirements.

2. College Requirements (7 hours)

Must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

Course Title Credits
BIOL 250Microbiology3
BIOL 250LMicrobiology Laboratory1
PSYC 420Survey of Developmental Psychology3
Total Credit Hours7

3. Program Requirements (38-50 hours)

Supporting Course (3 hours)

Course Title Credits
SOCY 101Introductory Sociology3
Total Credit Hours3

Licensure Exam Credit (up to 38 hours)

After admission to the RN-BSN program and completion of all BSN degree requirements: Students awarded an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) with an unencumbered RN licensure from an accredited nursing program or Students with an unencumbered RN Licensure with a Diploma in Nursing from an accredited nursing program will be awarded up to 38 credits towards meeting educational competencies for their degree). The number of credits awarded will be determined after careful review of the student transcript and program of study requirements. 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 completion of all BSN degree requirements.

Electives (0-12 hours)

As needed to meet minimum 120 hours required for graduation. More than 12 hours may be required depending upon credit given for Licensure Exam.

4. Major Requirements (28 hours)

A minimum grade of C is required in all major courses.

Major Courses (28-29 hours)

Course Title Credits
Upper Division Courses 1
NURS 250Nursing Science in Professional Practice3
NURS 309Nursing Health Assessment3
NURS 313Nursing Care of the Older Adult3
NURS 318Application of Pathophysiology and Pharmacology in Nursing3
NURS 400Evidence-based Nursing Practice3
NURS 420Emerging Issues in Health Care3
NURS 428Nursing Leadership and Management4
NURS 431Population Health Nursing3-4
NURS 434Community-Based Clinical Practicum for RNs3
Total Credit Hours28-29

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

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.

Major Map

A major map is a layout of required courses in a given program of study, including critical courses and suggested course sequences to ensure a clear path to graduation.

Major maps are only a suggested or recommended sequence of courses required in a program of study. Please contact your academic advisor for assistance in the application of specific coursework to a program of study and course selection and planning for upcoming semesters.

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