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College of Nursing


Nursing Classroom

About the College

More than 9,300 nurses have graduated from the College of Nursing since it became the state’s first nationally accredited baccalaureate nursing program in 1957. Those graduates have helped improve the accessibility and quality of health care throughout South Carolina.

The college's faculty members operate a clinic to bring quality health care to low-income neighborhoods in Columbia and to provide a real-world practice setting for our students. Our state-of-the-art simulation lab provides experiences students may not receive in clinical rotations at the hospital.

As the state's flagship nursing college, we develop the next generation of nursing leaders and educators through our master's and doctoral programs and the South Carolina Center for Nursing Leadership. Most of our graduate courses are available online to make them more accessible for working nurses.

USC was the first National Institutes of Health-funded Center for Research Excellence in South Carolina. Our researchers are looking for ways to better serve vulnerable populations, to help individuals reduce their health risks and to provide a better working environment for everyone in the health care industry.  Our two Research Centers, Cancer Survivorship Center and Healthcare Process Redesign Center, are leading innovative discoveries to improve healthcare delivery in our state and beyond.