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Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) - FAQ

Do I have to have a degree in another area to apply for the ACC BSN degree program?
While approximately 80% of the students enrolling in the ACC BSN degree program have earned a bachelor’s degree in another area, it is not required for admission. Many students apply while completing the 60 semester hours of prerequisite coursework.

How do I determine which courses will meet the prerequisite coursework and transfer to the College of Nursing?
A database of frequently approved prerequisite courses may be found at this link.

Many prospective students find it helpful to request an unofficial transcript evaluation. Please scan and e-mail your transcripts to

What prerequisite courses are necessary prior to admission to the College of Nursing?
This site lists the prerequisite coursework for College of Nursing students: Click Here

It also describes the minimum course content requirements for these courses. If you are considering a course at an institution and unsure whether it will meet our requirements, please e-mail the course description to

If I am still enrolled in prerequisite coursework, can I still apply?
Yes, coursework may be in progress when you make application to the College of Nursing. It must be completed with a grade of “C” or better prior to your matriculation (or start) date at the College of Nursing. However, three of the four science courses must be completed at the time of application. The four science courses are Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, and a science elective.

Students may not be begin their nursing coursework without having all prerequisite coursework completed.

How do I apply?
Applications must be submitted electronically at this link.

New applications are opened year on July 1. Applications are received and processed centrally by the Office of Enrollment Management. Questions about the application should be directed to Bayne Ritter at

May I submit reference letters instead of reference forms?
No, we must receive the official reference forms. Generally, we prefer academic and/or professional references. These forms will be available when you begin the application process. They may be sent to the person providing the reference electronically or you may download and provide to the reference personally.

How many students do you accept to the ACC BSN degree program?
Currently, we admit 66 students for the fall semester which normally begins in late August, and an additional 66 students for the spring semester which normally begins in early January. The deadline for fall admission is January 15, and the deadline for spring admission is September 15.

How do you make your admission decisions?
Each application is reviewed by a member of the Admission, Progression, and Graduation Committee. Data about grades and references are used in the decision-making as well as information provided by the applicant regarding work, volunteer, and/or military experience and a response to a brief 100 word essay. The topic of the essay is available with the application. Essays over 100 words will not be reviewed.  

What is the average GPA of admitted students? 
This fluctuates each semester, however we do prefer to see a 3.0. Grades are 75% of the overall admission decision-making process.

Do you have a waiting list?
No, our admissions process is competitive and students are either accepted or rejected for admission. Some students may be placed on an alternate list. Students who are rejected may request an overview of their application to determine whether they should re-apply for the next admission cycle.

Do you accept out-of-state students?
Yes. Tuition and fees are higher for out-of-state residents.

Why are out-of-state students required to pay a confirmation fee?
The Accelerated BSN program at MUSC is one of the top programs in the country with a competitive entry, particularly for out-of-state students. Because there is a large out-of-state applicant pool and we have limited enrollment, we must be assured that those out-of-state students who are accepted to our program actually attend.  Therefore all out-of-state students who matriculate are required to pay a one time, non-refundable cconfirmation fee of $1,000 that will be applied directly to the student’s first semester tuition charges.  The deposit confirms the intention of the accepted out-of-state applicant to enroll and secures a place in the Accelerated BSN program.  The confirmation fee for accepted out-of-state students is due by the date stipulated in the program acceptance letter and is non-refundable.  If a student pays the confirmation fee and does not enroll in the program, the confirmation fee is forfeited.

How do I become an SC resident?
Residency is determined by the Office of Enrollment Management. For more information, please visit this site: Click Here

Do you accept international students?
Yes. For specific information, guidelines, and policies, please go to this site.

How much does it cost to attend the MUSC College of Nursing?
Tuition and fees are reviewed annually and approved by the MUSC Board of Trustees. Tuition and fees for 2012 - 2013 are at this site: Click Here

Is financial aid available?
Yes. For more information about financial aid, please go to this site: Click Here

Are scholarships available?
Scholarships are available to students who have completed a FAFSA. They are awarded based on need, academic merit, and scholarship criteria after a student has been admitted to the College of Nursing. There is not a separate application process for scholarship awards. Generally, most scholarship awards are for $1000-2000 per semester.

To review scholarships which are offered through the College of Nursing, go to this link.

Some hospitals do offer scholarships to students but those are administered by each hospital independently with their own policies and procedures. The same is true of tuition reimbursement programs.

Can I enroll part-time?
No, all students are admitted to the ACC BSN program full-time.

Is it possible to work while I am in the program?
Students are discouraged from working while they are enrolled in the program. Some students find after they complete their first semester of nursing coursework, they can work a minimal number of hours per week as a nursing extern or tech. Essentially, the program will require your full attention each day either in the classroom or clinical areas. There may be some evening or weekend clinical experiences as well.

Do you have on-campus housing?
No, MUSC is an academic health science center and does not provide student housing. There is an excellent Office of Off-campus Housing which will provide you with information about the Charleston area, and even coordinates “room-mate finder” parties.

For more information, go to this link.

Read E-Connections, the College of Nursing newsletter and Lifelines, the College of Nursing magazine, to learn more about the MUSC College of Nursing Here.

For more information, please contact:

Mardi G. Long, MEd
Coordinator of BSN Program and Alumni Services

Telephone: (843) 792-6683
Fax: (843) 792-9258

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