Coker UniversityAcademic Programs & DegreesNursing
Nursing

Bachelor of Science, RN to BSN Program, RN to MSN Bridge Program, Master’s of Science in Nursing Program

Nursing

A passion for healthcare.
A commitment to community service.
A drive to learn all that is possible.

If you have some of the above attributes, then Coker University has nursing program for you. A degree from Coker provides you the knowledge, skills, and education to thrive in the nursing field, all while providing you a degree from a nationally recognized university in Hartsville, South Carolina. That’s the power of a nursing program that’s grounded in the real work, at work for you. 

The job market for nurses is rapidly growing. The skills gained at Coker University are portable to any state.

Looking to further your nursing education? We are proud to offer extended nursing programs for working nurses looking to advance in their career.

The Coker Approach to
NURSING EDUCATION

All courses offered, aside from our BSN Program, are offered online.

BSN Program

Professors in Coker’s BSN program use a hybrid approach – meaning you can complete pre-work at home on your schedule to prepare for hands-on, job-applicable learning during class meeting times.


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  • Complete the full program in 8 semesters (Nursing sequence completed over 6 semesters)
  • No prerequisites
  • Individualized study plans target your specific learning needs
  • Students accepted into the pre-nursing program (semesters 1 & 2) are guaranteed a spot in the Nursing program that begins in semester 3
  • Cutting edge program and content is built to help you be the nurse of the future
  • NCLEX preparation (the examination you must pass to become a nurse) is built into your last semester at no extra cost
  • Almost 800 hours of clinical experience will give you the confidence you need to assume the role of a registered nurse
  • You begin preparing for NCLEX (the national licensing examination) on day 1 of your nursing studies

A percentage of student loans may be forgiven, depending on where you work after graduation (working for a federally qualified health center, the VA, or acceptance into the Nurse Corps Loan program)

Our Hybrid approach includes:

  • In person and online options are available for meeting with your advisor or professors
  • Online content available to help you master important content, meaning you can move quickly through information that is not new or repeat difficult content as many times as needed
  • The nursing sequence begins in your third semester
  • Options are available for working students that limit required time on campus

Program Requirements

REQUIREMENTS

5 Required Related Courses – 18 Semester Hours

  • BIO 327 Human Anatomy & Physiology I – 4 Semester Hours
  • BIO 328 Human Anatomy & Physiology II – 4 Semester Hours
  • BIO 330 Microbiology – 4 Semester Hours
  • MAT 203 Elementary Statistics – 3 Semester Hours
  • PSY 205 Human Growth & Development – 3 Semester Hours
  • 20 Nursing Courses – 72 Semester Hours

20 Nursing Courses – 72 Semester Hours

Level 1:

  • NUR 204 Professional Practice – 4 Semester Hours
  • NUR 212 Medication Safety & Administration – 2 Semester Hours
  • NUR 214 Health Assessment & Promotion – 4 Semester Hours
  • NUR 223 Pathophysiology – 4 Semester Hours
  • NUR 225 Concepts of Wellness and Chronic Illness in Older Adults – 5 Semester Hours
  • NUR 233 Principles of Pharmacology – 3 Semester Hours
  • HSC 381 Healthcare Informatics & Technology – 3 Semester Hours
  • NUR 266 Care of Adults with Medical Surgical Health Alterations – 6 Semester Hours
  • NUR 265 Behavioral and Mental Health – 5 Semester Hours
  • NUR 272 Principles of Leadership in Healthcare – 3 Semester Hours

Level 2:

  • HSC 380 Exploring Health Equity and Healthcare Systems – 3 Semester Hours
  • HSC 384 Contemporary Issues in Healthcare – 3 Semester Hours
  • NUR 315 Nursing Care of Childrearing Families – 5 Semester Hours
  • NUR 343 Research and Evidence-Based Practice – 3 Semester Hours
  • NUR 345 Nursing Care of Childbearing Families – 5 Semester Hours
  • NUR 423 Global & Community Health – 3 Semester Hours
  • NUR 455 Care of Individuals with Unstable or Complex Health Alterations – 5 Semester Hours
  • NUR 457 Senior Practicum – 3 Semester Hours
  • NUR 458 Transition to Practice – 3 Semester Hours

Coker’s BSN Program Approvals

The BSN program is pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Programs Leading to Licensure: 

Each state has its own licensing board (Board of Nursing) with its own licensure requirements. Coker University’s Nursing program meets the requirements for licensure as a registered nurse in the state of South Carolina; we cannot confirm that the program meets all the requirements for professional licensure in other states due to the possibility of specific topical requirements

RN to BSN Program

Coker’s RN-BSN Completion Program is designed for working nurses who wish to advance their education. Our program allows registered nurses to earn the recognition they deserve for the skills and abilities they possess in the field and to provide them access to future professional opportunities in nursing. 


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Coker enhances the student’s professional development, prepares the nurse for a broad scope of practice, and provides the nurse with a better understanding of the cultural, political, economic, and social issues that affect patients and influence healthcare delivery. 

A BSN is also often required for career advancement and graduate level studies. 

In this program, students complete a total of 9 courses (30 semester hours) over four semesters (based on transcript review, additional general education courses may be required). All courses are designed for working nurses, delivered online by nursing faculty who are easily accessible to provide needed support. 

Eligible candidates possess:

● GPA of 2.8

● An active and unencumbered nursing license

● Earned Associate Degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution or diploma in

nursing; program must be fully accredited by CCNE, CNEA or ACEN

● Earned C or better in each course submitted for transfer to Coker University

● Active experience as a registered nurse

Program Requirements

RN-to-BSN Course Requirements

Required Transfer Courses from pre-licensure nursing program (27 credits)

BIO 327, 328 Human Anatomy & Physiology I, II 8 credits

BIO 330 Microbiology 4 credits

PSY 205 Human Growth & Development 3 credits

ENG/Speech 6 credits 

MAT 203 Introduction to Statistics 3 credits 

One course in each of Arts and Humanities 3 credits

RN-BSN Courses (30 credits)

HSC 380 Exploring Health Equity and Healthcare Systems 3 credits

HSC 384 Contemporary Issues in Healthcare 3 credits

HSC 381 Healthcare Informatics 3 credits

NUR 272 Principles of Leadership in Healthcare 3 credits

NUR 343 Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3 credits

NUR 423 Global & Community Health 3 credits

NUR 475 Clinical Concepts 6 credits

NUR 482 Professional Portfolio & Standards of Practice 6 credits

RN to MSN Bridge Program

The RN-MSN Bridge program at Coker University is tailored to meet the needs of working nurses, providing an accelerated pathway to a master’s degree. Students who meet transfer requirements complete a total of five courses over two to three semesters. 


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In Coker’s RN-MSN option, instead of completing a bachelor’s degree, students move more quickly to completion of a master’s degree at Coker University. In the part-time option, students complete five courses (18 s.h.) over three semesters prior to formally beginning the MSN program.

Upon successful completion of the RN to MSN Bridge, students are able to seamlessly begin the MSN program at Coker University. Credits can be applied to the RN-BSN program.

Eligible candidates possess:

  • GPA of 2.8
  • An active and unencumbered nursing license
  • Earned Associate Degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution or diploma in nursing; program must be fully accredited by CCNE, CNEA or ACEN
  • Earned C or better in each course submitted for transfer to Coker University
  • Active employment as a registered nurse

Program Requirements

NEED RN-to-BSN BRIDGE COURSE REQUIREMENTS

NUR 272Principles of Leadership in Healthcare (3 SH))
NUR 423Global & Community Health (3 SH)
HSC 380Exploring Health Equity & HC Systems (3 SH)
NUR 343Research & Evidence-Based Practice (3 SH)
NUR 482Professional Portfolio & Standards of Care (6 SH)

Master’s of Science in Nursing Program

Coker’s MSN Program is designed for working nurses who wish to advance their education through online, eight-week courses. Tracks are available in education or leadership. 


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The education track is designed for practicing nurses who wish to become staff, patient, and community educators. It is also intended for those who seek an academic career as a nurse educator.  

The leadership track is designed for practicing nurses seeking to transition into an administrative role. Students in this track complete 50 structured internship hours while completing selected coursework.

Program Requirements

MSN Course Requirements

Core Classes (12 credits)

NUR 502 Advanced Practice Roles 3 credits

NUR 511 Healthcare Informatics, Technology, and Communication 3 credits

NUR 522 Methods of Scientific inquiry 3 credits

NUR 524 Application of Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing 3 credits

Education Track* (18 credits)

NUR 602 Foundations of Nursing Education 3 credits

NUR 612 Advanced Clinical Concepts: Integrated Practice 3 credits

NUR 613 Curriculum Development & Program Evaluation 3 credits

NUR 622 Technology, Innovation, and Remediation Strategies 3 credits

NUR 632 Assessment, Measurement, and Student Evaluation 3 credits

NUR 633 Teaching-Learning Practices in the Classroom 3 credits

Leadership Track* (18 credits)

MGTL 520 Leadership & Team Management 3 credits

MGTL 600 Business Strategy 3 credits

MGTL 530 Finance and Business Analytics.

NUR 641 Leading Change and Innovation for Improving Health Equity 3 credits

NUR 651 Healthcare Systems and Financing 3 credits

NUR 671 Ensuring Quality and Reporting Outcomes in Healthcare Institutions 3 credits

*Includes 50 internship hours while completing the course

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