New Nursing Degree Program for the 21st Century Offered at MUSC

A new degree program in the College of Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina is now being offered. Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in nursing, or RN to BSN, will commence its course curriculum this fall. Applications have begun being accepted by the school and will be taken through July 15th, 2014.

The dean of the MUSC College of Nursing, Gail Stuart PhD, RN, FAAN, calls this an exciting time for the College as well as for the entire Medical University and says that this is an opportunity for the entire department to begin to take on new means of “advancing our nurses professionally.” Stuart noted that the ongoing changes in the country’s health care require a work force of nurses that is always growing, evolving, and learning to take on new responsibilities in the field of patient care.

The new program will give nurses the opportunity to acquire the advanced training that is becoming a mandate in more and more hospitals across the country. It will also allow nurses to take ownership of leadership positions and booth their income potential while learning how to balance work and life responsibilities.

With the ever increasing complexity of health care in America, the federal government along with the nation’s health care organizations and facilities have expressed a need for nurses who are more thoroughly prepared and equipped to meet the challenges of the practice in the 21st century.

The new degree program will be a one year program consisting of three academic semesters and will be offered entirely online. It will consist of 10 courses that will collectively provide students with a solid foundation in professional nursing for the new millennium.

The program is also intended to offer a higher level of practice-related, hands-on experience that is designed to help them implement new skills and knowledge that will allow them to make a smoother transition from an associate degree level nursing student to one of baccalaureate-caliber proficiency.