The Best Nursing Schools in South Carolina

South Carolina suffers from a great shortage of nurses than other states in the country. The state, therefore, is an ideal place to look for a nursing job. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that South Carolina has over 41,000 registered nurses with an average income of $58,940. The state’s top employers of registered nurses include the Medical University of South Carolina – University Hospital, Greenville Memorial Hospital, Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, McLeod Health Hospital, and the Palmetto Health Richland.

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Nursing is a promising career in South Caroline which has 4.5 million residents. South Carolina is generally considered to be a rural territory with agriculture and manufacturing as the population’s main source of income. But there is a great opportunity for registered nurses to find jobs and settle in the state. South Carolina has several post-secondary institutions that offer different nursing degree programs. The best nursing schools in South Carolina are:

1.  Medical University of South Carolina

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) was established in 1824 as small private physician training college in Charleston. It is the oldest school of medicine in the Deep South and one of the oldest schools of medicine in the country. Through the years, the medical school has expanded to become a state university with six colleges and a medical center dedicated to the education of health care professionals and biomedical scientists. It also maintains a research center and a public hospital.

MUSC started when the Medical Society of South Carolina incorporated in 1823 the Medical College of South Carolina. The following year, seven physicians from the city served as faculty for the 20 students that enrolled. The medical college continuously served to the present, except during the period of the American Civil War. The medical college was incorporated into South Carolina’s higher education system in 1913 after ownership was transferred to the state.

MUSC College of Nursing

The MUSC College of Nursing is the sole academic health center in the state and is famous for its cutting edge practice in health care and education. The college has the biggest program for accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing in South Carolina. It also has a big enrolment in the Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. The MUSC College of Nursing is also one of the nation’s leaders in online graduate education in nursing. It has distinguished itself with 125 years of producing the finest nursing professionals in the state and in the whole country.

The MUSC College of Nursing offers the following nursing degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Registered Nurse – Bachelor of Science in Nursing program
  • Master of Science in Nursing (online)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (online)
  • Accelerated Doctor of Philosophy program
  • Post Doctoral program

Information about MUSC College of Nursing programs may be obtained from:

Medical University of South Carolina

Office of Enrollment Management Admissions/Financial Aid/Registrar and Records

45 Courtenay Drive

MSC 203

Charleston, SC 29425-2030

 

2. The University of South Carolina Upstate

The University of South Carolina Upstate, a public university in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is the fastest growing university in the University of South Carolina System. It offers undergraduate and graduate programs to an approximately 5,500 students. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University of South Carolina Upstate started with the creation in 1967 of the Spartanburg Regional Campus, a two-year college that was formed by the local politicians after the Spartanburg General Hospital stopped offering nursing degree program. The popularity of the two-year college led to the formation of a four-year educational institution in 1975 which was renamed the University of South Carolina-Spartanburg. In 2004, the Board of Trustees of the University of South Carolina changed its name to the University of South Carolina Upstate to emphasize its mission of providing education to the population of the upstate region of the state.

Mary Black School of Nursing

The University Of South Carolina Upstate Mary Black School Of Nursing offers the largest Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Registered Nurse – Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs in the state. The school also offers, beginning in 2014, a Master of Science in Nursing program.

The Mary Black School of Nursing is approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Information about the different nursing programs of the Mary Black School of Nursing may be obtained from:

USC Upstate

Mary Black School of Nursing

800 University Way

Spartanburg, SC 29303

Phone: 864-503-5440

nursing@uscupstate.edu

 

3.  University of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina was established as South Carolina College in December 19, 1801. The university is a public university with its main campus in Columbia, South Carolina. The university offers more than bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs in its fourteen colleges and schools. The University of South Carolina has an enrollment of almost 50,000 students.

University of South Carolina College of Nursing

The USC College of Nursing is South Carolina’s first nationally accredited bachelor’s degree nursing program. The college is one of the nation’s top producers of excellent workers in the field of health care. The program to meet the nursing needs during World War II began in 1942 when nursing classes were held at the McCutchen House. The College of Nursing was accredited in 1957 with Amy Viglione as the first dean.

The USC College of Nursing offers programs in the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral nursing degrees. The College of Nursing is approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and by the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Information about the USC College of Nursing may be obtained from:

University of South Carolina College of Nursing

1601 Greene Street

Columbia, SC  29208

nursinq@mailbox.sc.edu

 

4.  Clemson University

Clemson University, founded in 1889, is a public land-grant and sea-grant research university. It started as the Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina. It formally opened in 1893 as an all-white male military school with an enrollment of 446. It changed its status into a civilian school and co-educational institution in 1955. The first African-American student was admitted in 1963 and the following year the school was renamed Clemson University when it formally expanded its academic and research activities.

The four original schools of Clemson were expanded into nine colleges in 1955 but were condensed into 5 in 1995: Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences; Architecture, Arts, and Humanities; Business and Behavioral Science; Engineering and Science; Health, Education, and Human Development. In 2014, the Eugene T. Moore School of Education became the sixth college.

Clemson University School of Nursing

The Clemson University School of  Nursing aims to prepare its graduates for professional practice and leadership in the field of health care and the advancement of nursing knowledge. The school earned the distinction of being a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education from the National League for Nursing.

Clemson University School of Nursing offers the following nursing programs:

  • Undergraduate program – Students are directly admitted into the nursing major, with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
  • RN to BSN program – Registered Nurses can obtain their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree using the convenience and ease of online learning and interactive activities. The program is based at the University Center in Greenville.
  • Graduate program – Offers Master of Science in Nursing to graduates of the BSN degree.
  • Post-graduate program – The Clemson University School of Nursing offers the Interdisciplinary PhD in Healthcare Genetics, the first in the country.
  • Accelerated second degree program – Designed for graduates of non-nursing bachelor’s degree who want to pursue a career in the field of nursing.

Information about the School of Nursing may be obtained from the following:

Office of Academic Advising

Kristin Goodenow

309 Edwards Hall – 864.656.5123

kristig@clemson.edu

Undergraduate Studies

Kimberly Finley

506 Edwards – 864.656.7382

kfinley@clemson.edu

RN-BSN Program

Ellen Chiles

University Center – 864.250.8881

achiles@clemson.edu

Graduate Studies

Hillarie Brown

University Center – 864.250.6702

hillari@clemson.edu

PhD in Healthcare Genetics Program

Julia A. Eggert, PhD, RN

528 Edwards – 864.656.1741

jaegger@clemson.edu

 

5.  Francis Marion University

Formerly Francis Marion College, the Francis Marion University is a state-supported university located at Florence, South Carolina. The university is named after the Revolutionary War hero Brig. Gen. Francis Marion. The university started as a freshman center of the University of South Carolina at Florence County. A law was created on July 1, 1970 establishing the Francis Marion College. The college achieved its university status and changed its name to the current Francis Marion University.

Francis Marion University has more than 4,000 students. It has ranked as one of the best regional universities in the South on a consistent basis. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing.

Department of Nursing

Francis Marion University maintains a Department of Nursing under its College of Liberal Arts. The Department of Nursing offers the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Information about the admission to the Department of Nursing may be obtained from:

Admissions

P.O. Box 100547

Florence, SC 29502-0547

Telephone: 1-800-368-7551

 

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