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Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Online

Complete Coursework: as few as 12 months Credit Hours: 31 Tuition: $9,486


The University of South Carolina Aiken 100% online RN to BSN program is designed to help working nurses transform their nursing practice in as few as 12 months. Combining liberal arts ideals with real world applications, this online program will prepare you for success by challenging you to think critically and creatively, communicate effectively and learn independently in any healthcare setting.

In this program, you will learn the principles and concepts of ethical theory and the legal basis for nursing practice, how to assess the physical and psychosocial health status of individuals, and theories of human development. You will also gain the professional knowledge and relevant skills needed to critique research, identify the concepts of community and family health nursing, and apply leadership and management principles in a variety of healthcare settings.

Taught by the same supportive faculty who teach on campus, this RN to BSN program will equip you with the practical experience to help your community and patients achieve the goal of optimal health.

"At USC Aiken, we celebrate nurses every day and every year! And, even more so in 2020 – the Year of the Nurse. I am so glad to see a well-deserved spotlight on the nursing profession."
-Thayer McGahee, PhD, RN; Dean, School of Nursing


To fulfill requirements for the RN to BSN online, students must complete 9 courses for a total of 31 credit hours. All courses are 7 weeks in length.

To see the full list of RN to BSN online courses, view courses.


Applicants for the RN to BSN online degree program must complete the online application for admission and send official transcripts from all colleges, universities and nursing schools attended. Institutions must be regionally accredited to receive transfer credit. Applicants should have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA, and a current and unencumbered RN license* valid in state in which you will be doing preceptor work.

*South Carolina is part of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. Only students from SARA states can be accepted into this program. Check to see if your state qualifies.

To learn more about the RN to BSN online admission requirements, view admissions.


Tuition for the RN to BSN online degree program is affordable—$9,486 for students living inside or outside South Carolina—and it can be paid by the course.

To learn more about our RN to BSN online tuition, view tuition.


With multiple start dates each year, the RN to BSN online degree program is convenient and accessible. After selecting the desired start date, students should consider deadlines for completing an application, turning in all required documentation and fees, registering for classes and paying tuition.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the RN to BSN online, view calendar.



The RN to BSN online at USC Aiken consists of nine courses totaling 31 credit hours. A total of 120 credit hours is required to complete the BSN degree. The breakdown of the 120 credit hours is as follows:

  • Nursing major courses—31 credit hours
  • Core, General Education, and Humanities requirements—55 credit hours
  • The remaining 34 credit hours will be awarded to students entering the program with their ADN degree

General Education and Humanities courses may be taken concurrently with Nursing courses. Core courses, with the exception of Intro to Chemistry and Statistics, must be completed prior to starting the program. Your program advisor can recommend options on taking required courses.

Total hours required will be based on a transcript review and may vary by student.

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Students must take the following online courses for a total of 31 credit hours:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on the development of nursing as a professional discipline and science as well as related issues. Introduces students to nursing theories, processes and practice roles.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduces the student to a foundation in assessing the physical and psychosocial health status of individuals across the lifespan. Assessment skills and selected screening procedures will be applied in a client-simulated lab.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on the pathological basis of disease processes and clinical manifestations of selected diseases.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Emphasizes the principles and concepts of ethical theory and the legal basis for nursing practice. Ethical issues affecting nursing practice are examined to provide a basis for students to form intelligent, unbiased, ethical decisions. The legal responsibilities of nursing practice are identified and discussed particularly as they relate to ethical dilemmas and safe nursing practice.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students in this course synthesize knowledge from all previous courses as they learn the concepts of caring for clients with complex health needs as well as clients requiring specialized healthcare facilities or intensive care.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Provides an introduction to analytical and critical thinking, scientific concepts, methods and decisions, ethical and legal concerns, and techniques essential to the research process. Pre-requisite: Statistics.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Theories on human development and the achievement and maintenance of healthy lifestyles for elders are explored.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 5

Concepts of community health nursing are presented and applied in clinical settings with emphasis on the community and the family as clients. Communicable disease control, principles of epidemiology, health promotion practices, family theories and public health issues are addressed.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 5

Focuses on the concepts and principles of leadership and management for professional nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on knowledge and skills that impact effective leadership and management roles. This course will provide for the senior project and must be in the student’s last semester. Needs 40 preceptor hours.

Students must have 55 hours of Core, General Education, and Humanities courses. Many of these courses may be transferred in; the final list of courses required will be determined upon a transcript review. Courses are available online through USC Aiken; availability may be limited at times.

Your program advisor can assist you with finding suitable courses through USC Aiken and provide instructions on how to register.

General Education and Core – 46 Hours

Students must take the following courses—for a total of 46 credit hours—to complete the RN to BSN degree. The General Education courses may be taken at the same time as the Nursing courses. Core courses must be completed prior to starting the Nursing courses except for Intro to Chemistry and Statistics, as noted.

Course Name Credit Hours Course Type
Anatomy & Physiology I 4 Core
Anatomy & Physiology II 4 Core
Microbiology 4 Core
Intro to Chemistry (a pre-requisite for NURS A370 Pathophysiology*) 4 Core
English Composition I 3 Core
English Composition II 3 Core
Introductory Psychology 3 Core
Dev. Psychology 3 Core
Introductory Sociology 3 Core
Applied Speech 3 General Education
College Algebra 3 Core
Statistics (a pre-requisite for NURS A430 Nursing Research) 3 Core
History of Civilization 3 General Education
American Government or American History 3 General Education

Humanities - 9 Hours (One Humanities Course Must Be Non-Western)

Students must take nine hours of Humanities courses in addition to the above Core and General Education courses. Examples include World Music, Intro to Music, Art History, Religion courses, and Theater courses. The Humanities courses may be taken at the same time as the Nursing courses.

*NURS A370 Pathophysiology is the third nursing course, so students are strongly encouraged to take Intro to Chemistry as early as possible as they cannot proceed past NURS A350: Professional Nursing and NURS A360: Health Assessment without it.

  • Writing Proficiency Portfolio: Students must submit a portfolio with three college-level writing samples and a reflective essay. This requirement can be achieved while taking the nursing courses. In lieu of submitting the required writing samples and essay, students may take the English 201 writing course online.
  • Inter-Curricular Enrichment (ICE): ICE is a university-wide initiative aimed at engaging USC Aiken students through a series of diverse curricular-enrichment opportunities. Online ICE events are available. A total of four events are required.


Let's get started! The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Familiarize yourself with these requirements for the RN to BSN online program, along with information on required documentation.

RN to BSN Online Requirements

  • Completed application and $45 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (institutions must be regionally accredited to receive transfer credit)
  • Associate of Science nursing degree or Diploma in Nursing
  • Minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA
  • Current and unencumbered RN license valid in state* in which student will be doing preceptor work

*Only students from SARA states can be accepted into this program. View the full set of SARA states

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Office of Admissions
University of South Carolina Aiken
471 University Parkway, Box 45
Aiken, SC 29801

Have a question? Call us at 844-878-3634.



The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing an RN to BSN online. Tuition shown refers to nursing courses only, and is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included in the total tuition cost.

Per Credit Hour Per Program
$306 $9,486


Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Spring 2 March 16, 2020 February 25, 2020 March 2, 2020 March 9, 2020 March 13, 2020 May 4, 2020
Summer 1 May 8, 2020 April 10, 2020 April 17, 2020 May 1, 2020 May 27, 2020 June 26, 2020
Summer 2 June 29, 2020 June 1, 2020 June 8, 2020 June 22, 2020 June 30, 2019 August 17, 2020
Fall 1 August 24, 2020 July 27, 2020 August 3, 2020 August 17, 2020 August 26, 2020 October 14, 2020
Fall II October 19, 2020 September 22, 2020 September 29, 2020 October 12, 2020 October 20, 2020 (tentative) December 9, 2020
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- Tonya Rogers, USC Aiken Online RN to BSN Graduate

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