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College of Nursing

Workforce Data Summary Report 2012 - 2013

Total Numbers

Total Numbers/Degree Type

South Carolina had a total of 40,520 licensed registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) actively employed in the workforce as of April 30, 2012.

Degree Type Count Percentage
RN Diploma 2,738 6.8
ADN 20,221 49.9
BSN 13,054 32.2
NP Certification 432 1.1
Masters 3,653 9.0
Doctorate 228 0.6
Unknown 194 0.5

The total supply of RN and APRN workforce in South Carolina has increased 12.7% since 2008 (35,940 vs, 40,520 in 2012).

Percentage of BSN and higher prepared nurses

In 2012, 43% of the SC nursing workforce held a baccalaureate degree or higher, averaging 1% increase per year. Nationally, 55% of the RN workforce held a baccalaureate degree (AACN, 2013). The Institute of Medicine 2020 goal is 80% BSN and higher and the state goal for 2020 is 65% BSN and higher prepared nurses.

BSN Nurses

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Breakdown


Role Count Percentage
Nurse Practitioner 1,674 60.5
Nurse Anesthetist 957 34.6
Nurse Midwife 80 2.9
Clinical Nurse Specialist 55 2.0


APRN Breakdown