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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 well established reputation for quality and excellence. With approximately 1400 undergraduate and graduate students, approximately 120 nationally and internationally known faculty, and dedicated and resourceful staff, we have an abundance of energy, innovation, and momentum to shape health care and the future of nursing. 

In 2013, we achieved ranking in the top 3% ranking (16/470+ programs) by the US News & World Report for our online graduate nursing programs.  The quality of our academic programs are 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 own Children and Family Healthcare Center, and exceptional master’s and doctoral programs focused on nursing practice.

Our research mission is enhanced with a record year of National Institutes of Health  (NIH) funding in 2014 and our two research centers: the Cancer Survivorship Center and the Healthcare Process Redesign 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 and looking for an innovative, caring, and world-class environment, we invite you to explore our bachelor’s of nursing science 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. We will be admitting students into several new programs in 2015, so check out the website to learn more about these new offerings.

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. Check out our Facebook page and like us to hear weekly updates.  Please contact us with any questions you may have or to schedule a visit.