USCB Nursing Department
Welcome to the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) Department of Nursing and Health Professions. I am delighted you have chosen to take a closer look at the USCB BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program.
The program was fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) effective November 2008 and fully approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing effective November 2011. We currently offer two tracks. One is an RN to BSN completion track, which graduated its first class in April 2009. The other is a pre-licensure track, with its initial graduating class in spring 2011. The RN to BSN track provides a BSN degree to registered nurses who hold a diploma or associate degree in nursing.
The pre-licensure track provides a four-year course of study to the BSN. Pre-licensure students who are completing their pre-nursing requirements may apply for admission into the BSN major up until August 1 of each year through NursingCAS.
Applicants will be notified of the admissions committee decision by October 31st. Core nursing courses will begin in the following spring semester. The USC-Beaufort nursing faculty is dedicated to providing excellence in baccalaureate nursing education and personalized attention and assisting individuals to achieve their full potential.
We believe we can accomplish these goals because of the values and philosophy we share in common and the small size of our program.
Nursing Program Goals
The USCB Department of Nursing and Health Professions endorses the goals of Liberal Education for Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice as delineated in The Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Education by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2008, p.12). Accordingly, the baccalaureate program prepares the graduate to:
- Integrate theories and concepts from liberal education into nursing practice.
- Synthesize theories and concepts from liberal education to build an understanding of the human experience.
- Use skills of inquiry, analysis, and information literacy to address practice issues.
- Use written, verbal, non‐verbal, and emerging technology methods to communicate effectively.
- Apply knowledge of social and cultural factors to the care of diverse populations.
- Engage in ethical reasoning and actions to provide leadership in promoting advocacy, collaboration, and social justice as a socially responsible citizen.
- Integrate the knowledge and methods of a variety of disciplines to inform decision making.
- Demonstrate tolerance for the ambiguity and unpredictability of the world and its effect on the healthcare system.
- Value the ideal of lifelong learning to support excellence in nursing practice.
USCB seeks to ensure that all students who complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing are able to:
- Provide health promotion, disease prevention, and advocacy in the care of individual clients, families, groups of clients, and communities.
- Practice safe, comprehensive, and evidence‐based nursing for clients across the lifespan and continuum of care within the structure of an interdisciplinary team.
- Demonstrate ethical principles, behaviors, and values, to include altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice, in the professional practice of nursing.
- Perform comprehensive individual, family, group, and community health assessments.
- Incorporate knowledge of multiple health determinants including culture, socioeconomic status, access, environment, lifestyle, and biology in the practice of nursing.
- Provide leadership and nursing care using critical thinking, effective communication, emotional intelligence, problem‐solving processes, and evidence‐based practice.
- Demonstrate basic knowledge of healthcare policy, finance, regulatory agencies, and healthcare trends.
- Use current technologies and information systems in the delivery of quality healthcare to individual clients, families, groups of clients, and communities.
- Accept professional responsibility for continuing education and the advancement of the nursing profession in a local and global world.
Accreditation & Approval
The baccalaureate program at the University of South Carolina Beaufort is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) ( http://www.aacn.edu/ccne-accreditation ). The Department program also received full approval from the South Carolina Board of Nursing to offer the BSN Program effective November 2011.
About the School
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