New nursing program offered at Newberry College

October 16, 2013

NEWBERRY — Newberry College will offer an RN to BSN completion track that will allow licensed registered nurses with an associate’s degree to enroll at Newberry College and have their previous coursework and current work experience apply toward the completion of the bachelors of nursing degree.

According to a 2010 study by the Institute of Medicine, the number of nurses who hold a baccalaureate degree will increase from 50 percent to 80 percent nationally by 2020, leading to a more competitive field.

“Newberry College’s RN to BSN completion track further develops licensed nurses for the demands of a nursing career and equips them with the skills necessary to assume leadership roles, resulting in promotions and higher salaries,” said Dr. Betsy McDowell, chair of nursing at Newberry College.

This program is offered through a convenient online/blended format and can be completed in as little as one year. Nursing courses will meet face-to-face off campus in the Lexington and Columbia area two to four times a semester with coursework completed in a blended format.

Students can complete the clinical requirements in their home community. Additional core degree requirements can be taken at Newberry College or equivalent courses may be transferred.

Financial aid and a special tuition rate of $15,000 for the 32 credit hours of RN to BSN coursework will be offered as part of the program.

Contact Ava Culbertson at for more information about the completion track or nursing courses required. Contact Barbara Joyner at for more information about the application process.