USCA’s online nursing program ranked among nation’s top 100

January 28, 2019

USC Aiken’s online nursing program is ranked among the best in America.

In the latest rankings from “U.S. News & World Report,” USCA came in at 76 of 100 among more than 1,200 programs surveyed, according to a news release from the university. Only regionally accredited institutions whose programs are offered mostly or entirely online were evaluated.

“We are thrilled with this news,” said Dr. Thayer McGahee, the dean of the School of Nursing, in a news release from the university. “We recently restructured our online RN-to-BSN program, so it now provides a lot more flexibility for working professionals.”

With multiple start dates each year, the RN-to-BSN online degree program is convenient and accessible, according to the release. 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.

The USCA School of Nursing has been recognized by health care professionals throughout the Aiken-Augusta area for its rigorous curriculum, according to the release.

“From health care leaders in South Carolina and Georgia, we often hear how competent and compassionate our graduates are,” USCA Chancellor Dr. Sandra Jordan said. “Our nursing alumni are in high demand, not only in this area but throughout the state and region.″

The university’s online RN-to-BSN program is completely online and is designed to help working nurses transform their nursing practice in as few as 12 months.

McGahee said that, by combining liberal arts ideals with real world applications, the online program prepares student for success by challenging them to think critically and creatively, communicate effectively and learn independently in any healthcare setting.

“Taught by the same supportive faculty who teach on campus, this RN-to-BSN program will equip nurses with the practical experience to help their communities and patients achieve the goal of optimal health,” McGahee said.

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 the state where they will do their 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.

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

“In addition to being extremely flexible to fit demanding home and work schedules, our program is quite accessible,” McGahee said.

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, according to the release.

For more information about the program, visit usca.meritpages.com/news/usc-aiken-nursing-program-among-top-100-nationwide/7233.

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