The University of South Carolina College of Nursing is fully approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing. The baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN), master's degree in nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at the University of South Carolina College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (ttp://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation/accredited-programs).
The Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is the recognized regional accrediting body. The University of South Carolina is accredited by SACS to award bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees . For additional information please see the SACS web site
Important Information About Programs Leading to Licensure: Each state has its own licensing board with its own Registered Professional Nurse and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse licensure requirements. Consequently, although the baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in the College of Nursing at the University of South Carolina are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE , http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation/accredited-programs ) thereby making BSN graduates eligible to sit for national licensure (NCLEX-RN) and MSN graduates eligible to sit for national certification (ANCC, AANP, CP and/or AANP-CP), thus meeting requirements for RN and APRN professional licensure in the state of South Carolina, we cannot confirm that the program meets all the requirements for professional licensure in another state (e.g., some states have specific topical requirements). Certificate in Graduate Studies (Post MSN) programs are similar in content. For students not living in South Carolina, the following link provides information regarding state licensure specific to individual states throughout the U.S. where a non-resident student lives: http://www.nursinglicensure.org/ for RN licensure and http://www.nursinglicensure.org/articles/nurse-practitioner-license.html for APRN licensure.
Additional information may be found at the Academic Programs Professional Licensure website: www.sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/provost/planning/academicprograms/state-authorization/professional-licensure-info.php. If a current student is considering relocating to another state after being admitted into the program, the student must contact the program director to discuss how the move may impact their ability to participate in academic courses (distributed learning) and clinical practica (experiential learning) opportunities in a different state.
Important Information about State Board of Nursing:
South Carolina is a SARA participating state providing distance education across state lines. However, each state has its own licensing board with its own Registered Professional Nurse and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse licensure requirements. In some cases, State Boards of Nursing impose restrictions on clinical instruction of students, outside of the SARA agreement including from out of state graduate educational programs seeking clinical practica in the state. For students not living in South Carolina, it is recommended that the student contacts the State Board of Nursing they plan to conduct their clinical practica prior to matriculation to confirm graduate student clinical practica is permitted by students from out of state graduate programs.
Historical accreditation with ACEN
The baccalaurete program at the University of South Carolina, College of Nursing was accredited with the ACEN December 1962 - December 31, 2001.
The master's program at the University of South Carolina, College of Nursing was accredited with the ACEN May 1997 - December 31, 2001.