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College of Nursing


About the College

Accreditation Information

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) programs at the University of South Carolina College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://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.


State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) Statement


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 and AANP), 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. 

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.