The USC Aiken School of Nursing offers the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN). There are two tracks: the 4 year Generic BSN Track, and for current RN's 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.
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 generic students. 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.