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Requirements by program:

In order to be eligible for the RN-BSN program, students must meet all the admission requirements of the College of Nursing and University. Specific RN-BSN program admission requirements are as follows:

  • An Associate Degree in Nursing or Diploma in Nursing from an ACEN (formerly NLNAC) accredited community college
  • Official Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Application
  • Application Fee
  • English Proficiency Requirement*
  • Other Supporting Materials - Criminal Background check and drug screen
  • Current unrestricted Registered Nurse (RN) license to practice professional nursing in the United States
  • Minimum cumulative collegiate GPA of 3.0
    • Students with a cumulative collegiate GPA between 2.8 – 2.99 may be conditionally admitted, provided they have not completed more than 100 hours of prior collegiate coursework [and have met all other admission requirements]. Conditionally admitted students will remain in this status for their first 9 hours in the program, during which they must earn no grade less than a B and earn an overall USC GPA of at least 3.0. Conditionally admitted students will be reviewed by the College of Nursing at the completion of 9 hours and, if these conditions have been satisfied, will be allowed to continue in the program as fully-admitted students. Students who are unable to meet these requirements will be unable to progress further in the program.

* International applicants must be proficient in the English language. A score of 550 or above on the paper version of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required. (A score of 210 or higher on the computerized version is required, and a minimum score of 77 on the Internet version is required.) TOEFL scores are not required for international students from countries where the primary language of instruction is English nor from graduates of high schools in the United States.

Placement by Examination Credit:

After admission to the RN-BSN program and completion RN-BSN courses, students with an A.D.N. degree from an accredited (ACEN, formerly NLN) program will apply for 35 placement credit hours by the College of Nursing.

Sub-total = 35

USC Residency requirements for BSN Graduation:

The last 25% of a student's degree must be completed in residence (meaning through USC Columbia coursework or other USC campus), and at least half of the hours in the student's major courses and minor courses (if applicable) must be taken at the University. i.e., 122 credits = 31 hours. Advanced placement exam credits or transfer credits do not met this requirement. Students must meet these requirements to be eligible for BSN graduation.

Total = 123

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  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Professional licensure or relevant experience for non-licensed applicants. This program does not lead to professional licensure.
  • Statement of purpose/essays — letter of intent to pursue graduate study that addresses the dispositions (stewardship, intellectual spirit, integrity and justice) of the College of Education Conceptual Framework in the context of the applicant's teaching
  • Applicants must present (a) acceptable scores on the Miller Analogies Teas (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within last five years, OR (b) evidence of three years of successful, full-time K-12 teaching experience, OR (c) evidence of an advanced degree in education, OR (d) National Board Certification.
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  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • 3.00 GPA from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • Official Graduate Record Examination scores (GRE) or General Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores within last five years should be submitted to the Graduate Office. GRE or GMAT waiver may be available for applicants who meet requirements outlined below:
    • Completion of a prior advanced degree (masters or higher) from a nationally accredited institution, or
    • A combination of an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.25/4.00 or higher for the final 60 credit hours of the degree and three years or more of significant industry experience, or
    • Be an admitted graduate student in another USC program and have completed at least 9 credits of graduate study with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
    • A personal interview with the program director may also be required.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A career goal statement and a current resume must be provided.
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  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools and colleges previously attended, including non-degree courses taken
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • Satisfactory GRE scores within last five years [the average GRE (combined verbal and quantitative, new version) for incoming students is approximately 300]. Applicants may request that significant prior professional experience be considered in lieu of the GRE. Such requests must be made in a document separate from the letter of intent, providing detailed description of the relevant professional experience indicative of potential for success in the MPH program. These requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic and/or managerial professional sources
  • A letter of intent which describes professional goals and objectives, and how the applicant became interested in the field of health promotion, education, and behavior.
  • Current resume.
  • Minimum of two years post-baccalaureate health-related professional experience.
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  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution (2.50 minimum GPA)
  • Miller's Analogies or GRE score within last five years
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • At least three years of teaching experience (upon completion of the program)
  • Statement of intent/purpose
  • Professional licensure or relevant experience for non-licensed applicants. This program does not lead to professional licensure.*
  • Resume/CV

*For non-licensed applicants, this program does not lead to Principal Certification in South Carolina. The student must hold a professional teaching certificate at the appropriate level to be eligible for Principal Certification in South Carolina (at the same level) upon completion of the program.

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  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 from the previous Undergraduate and Graduate course work (but all transcripts are reviewed regardless of the program)
  • Three letters of reference from Masters prepared Registered Nurse individuals who can speak to the applicant's ability to successfully complete the Masters in Nursing program outcomes
  • A personal goal statement that reflects MSN program outcomes
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Current unencumbered RN licensure in the state of residence
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  • A Master's Degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning
  • Submit 2 letters of recommendation from people who can speak to your ability to matriculate into this doctoral program and complete a dissertation. The Graduate School requires that all letters of recommendation be submitted through their Letters of Recommendation Portal. You will be required to include the email addresses of the people you have asked to write letters of recommendation in support of your application. Please share the Program Guide with your recommenders so they can speak directly about your ability to do doctoral work.
  • Complete a Letter of Intent. Refer to the Program Guide to describe how the Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction is a good fit for you and you are a good fit for the degree program (in Word or PDF format);
  • Submit official transcripts reflecting all undergraduate and graduate work to the Graduate School directly from your institution(s);
  • Submit scores within last five years on either the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test to the Graduate School;
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae that delineates any publications you may have;
  • Scholarly writing samples: publications, grants and/or graduate level papers. Scholarly writing samples must show evidence of American Psychological Association (APA) citations and references.
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  • A Master's Degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning
  • Submit 2 letters of recommendation from people who can speak to your ability to matriculate into this doctoral program and complete a dissertation. The Graduate School requires that all letters of recommendation be submitted through their Letters of Recommendation Portal. You will be required to include the email addresses of the people you have asked to write letters of recommendation in support of your application. Please share the Program Guide with your recommenders so they can speak directly about your ability to do doctoral work.
  • Complete a Letter of Intent. Refer to the Program Guide to describe how the Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction — Educational Technology Concentration is a good fit for you and you are a good fit for the degree program (in Word or PDF format)
  • Submit official transcripts reflecting all undergraduate and graduate work to the Graduate School directly from your institution(s);
  • Submit scores within last five years on either the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test to the Graduate School;
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae that delineates any publications you may have;
  • Scholarly writing samples: publications, grants and/or graduate level papers. Scholarly writing samples must show evidence of American Psychological Association (APA) citations and references.
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Applicants whose native language is not English must submit a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL, 80 or above on internet based format) or the University of Cambridge's IELTS Academic Course Type 2 exam (overall band score on IELTS Academic Course Type 2 exam 6.5 or above).

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