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College of Nursing

Message from the Dean

You’ve come to an exceptional place! Our College of Nursing, the flagship university for the state of South Carolina, has the largest student body in the state, is nationally recognized, and has a well established reputation for quality and excellence. With 1500+ undergraduate and graduate students, approximately 120 nationally and internationally known faculty, dedicated and resourceful staff, and 9300+ alumni, we have the momentum, innovation, and leadership to shape health care and the future of nursing. We are growing, not only in size, but in quality and impact. 

The College of Nursing is ranked #1 in the country by the US News & World Report for our online graduate nursing programs. The quality of our academic programs is exceptional with continuous 95%-100% pass rates on NCLEX and nurse practitioner certification exams, our state-of-the-art Simulation Laboratory innovative teaching strategies with flipped classrooms, online delivery, and committed faculty.   We excel in 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.  We have initiated several study abroad options for our students at all levels, and are increasingly extending our global impact.

Our research mission is enhanced with record years of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding in 2014 and 2015 and our interprofessional  Cancer Survivorship Center . Our PhD in Nursing Science program is thriving with full and part-time students funded with 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.