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College of Nursing


Graduation

About the College

More than 9,600 nurses have graduated from the College of Nursing since it became the state’s first nationally accredited baccalaureate nursing program in 1957. Our graduates, now located across the globe, have helped improve the accessibility and quality of health care throughout South Carolina, the US and around the world.

We provide undergraduate and graduate nursing programs of excellence to shape the future of nursing’s workforce. Our undergraduate program produces the largest number of BSN graduates in the state, have excellent NCLEX pass rates and high employability. Our RN-BSN, Masters and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are offered online to allow additional flexibility for the working nurse. Both of these programs utilize our state-of-the-art simulation lab facilitated by national leaders in the field to enhance learning experiences, promote patient safety and facilitate student competencies in the clinical arena. In 2017, we launched our the first Nursing Honors program (a.k.a. Smart Start Honors College) in the South Carolina.  Our students have additional unique opportunities to include graduation with leadership distinction, research fellowships and distinguished summer externships.  With support from alumni, donors and sponsors we provided approximately $800,000 in scholarships/fellowships for students in the 2017-2018 academic year

The College has active student groups, including the Student Nurses Association, Men in Nursing, Chi Eta Phi and Sigma Theta Tau International. The Dean has an established undergraduate and graduate student advisory board to promote reciprocal communication among students and the College’s leadership. With a growing student population, our faculty size has grown to 132 full and part time faculty who engage our student learners in our education, practice and policy arenas.  All of our full time faculty are doctoral prepared or enrolled in a doctoral program.

Our thriving research agenda has three focal areas: vulnerable populations, cancer survivorship and health systems. Our  two research centers—Cancer Survivorship Center and Healthcare Process and Redesign Center—are generating new discoveries to improve patient outcomes and quality of life. Our PhD in nursing science program offers full and partial fellowships to qualified students who have career goals as nurse scientists. In the past three years, our researchers have generated over $12 million in new grant funding to address local and regional health needs and training opportunities. The College’s National Institute of Health’s rankings continue to rise very rapidly, from #60 in 2014 to the top #31 in 2016. 

We extend our reach globally and facilitate exchange opportunities for students and groups from various countries, including Germany, Holland, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.  In the past year, we sent 56 students and faculty to 10 countries through our study abroad programs. Besides study abroad, our faculty have research and education based partnerships in multiple countries to expand and exchange nursing knowledge and new discoveries.

The Center for Nursing Leadership provides research and policy support for statewide stakeholders.  The Center conducts and reports nursing workforce research data for the state, both for the supply and demand perspectives. The Center manages the illustrious Cockcroft Leadership program, which is a year-long training for nursing leaders in practice, academia and public health.  The Center also provides expertise with “big data” and is currently building a statewide consortium to improve hospital readmission rates in systems across the region.

The college's nurse practitioner faculty operate a clinic (Children and Family Healthcare Center) to bring quality health care to low-income neighborhoods in Columbia and to provide a real-world practice setting for our students. This clinic provides care to 3000 patients annually, including primary care, chronic disease management, women’s health, pediatric, and psychiatric services. These experienced faculty lead our master’s and doctorate nurse practitioner programs, which received a #1 ranking by US News & World Report in 2016, and has been in the top 10 for the past three years.

The College of Nursing is enhanced by our partners, including the College of Nursing Partnership Board, regional hospital and healthcare systems, our 5 USC Health Sciences Colleges (Public Health, Social Work, Pharmacy, College of Medicine-USC, College of Medicine – Greenville), other campus colleges (i.e., Engineering, Business, Arts & Sciences), alumni, and friends.  We invite you to come and visit us to experience the great momentum at the University of South Carolina, and especially at the College of Nursing.