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College of Nursing


Message from the Dean

Welcome to the University of South Carolina. Whether visiting our webpage, following social media or visiting our beautiful campus, you will observe a College of Nursing with an infectious momentum.  Located at the flagship university for the state of South Carolina, our faculty, staff and strategic initiatives within the College are rapidly expanding as we execute our ambitious vision.  Our commitment to quality, excellence and impact guides our actions.  In response, our US News & World Report rankings, NIH rankings, national and international recognition have soared rapidly over the past several years.  Perhaps, even more importantly, the heightened impact in our local region and communities generates a higher sense of accomplishment for our team.

In the past several years, our college has grown to 1800 undergraduate and graduate students, 132 nationally and internationally known faculty, dedicated and resourceful staff and 9,600+ alumni.  With our new and existing talent, the quality of our programs are exceptional.  The May ’17 BSN graduates raised the bar with a record NCLEX pass rate of 99.3%, which exceeds our average cohort pass rates of 95%-96%.  Our state-of-the-art Simulation Laboratory, innovative teaching strategies, Smart Start Honors program, study abroad opportunities and committed faculty provide our learners with optimal opportunities and environments to enhance growth and professional development.  Nursing student learners have the opportunity to engage with collaborative peers and experts in medicine, pharmacy, social work and public health in the classroom and across regional and global healthcare systems. Recent trends highlight our nursing learners engaging with other partners in engineering, computer science, health administration and others seeking Degrees of Health to revolutionize the way we conceptualize healthcare delivery. 

For the past three years, the College of Nursing has been ranked in the top 10 by the US News & World Report for best online graduate nursing programs.   We excel in innovative nursing practice with the first nurse-managed medical home in the state housed in the College of Nursing’s Children and Family Healthcare Center, and exceptional master’s and doctoral programs focused on nursing practice, nursing administration/leadership, and coming soon ---informatics.   Our new Connected Health Center is being launched this Fall that will facilitate clinical and didactic interprofessional learning opportunities in telehealth.

Our research mission has enlarged with the addition of new faculty scholars who, with existing faculty,  have generated over $12 million in new research and grant awards in the past 3 years.  Our National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, now ranked in the top 30 in the US, continues to expand from pre-doctoral funding to post-doctoral, early investigator and senior investigator awards.  Our PhD in Nursing Science program is thriving, with students receiving full or partial fellowships.

These accomplishments enhance our existing resources, such as the Center for Nursing Leadership, which houses the state’s nursing healthcare workforce center, the Cockcroft Leadership program, and the Institute of Medicine taskforce/SC One Voice One Plan.  Yes, The University of South Carolina College of Nursing is on a mission to transform and positively impact the health care of the citizens of South Carolina and beyond.

If you are a student looking for an innovative, caring, and world-class environment, we invite you to explore our bachelor’s of nursing science programRN-BSN program, master’s in nursing science programs, or one of our two doctoral programs – the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) and Philosophy of Science (Ph.D.) programs. 

If you are a potential faculty member looking to work with an energetic, compassionate, and collaborative team, we invite you consider joining us. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has designated the University of South Carolina as one of only 73 public and 32 private academic institutions with “very high research activity”. Columbia, the capital of South Carolina, is the center of an increasingly sophisticated greater metropolitan area with a population over 750,000.  The inspirational environments in the College, university, and community are all aspiring to even greater heights of excellence.  

If you are a supporter, you can witness the impact your ideas and resources are having. And if you have thoughts about new opportunities to facilitate healthcare education, practice, or research activities or solutions, we hope you will find further insights here and perhaps work with us to do even more.

We invite you to join us on this incredible journey to shape and impact the health care delivery and patient/family outcomes in South Carolina and beyond.  Explore our website and discover all that the College of Nursing offers. Like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter to hear weekly updates.  Please contact us with any questions you may have or to schedule a visit.