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College of Nursing


Master's Programs

The University of South Carolina offers graduate students two master’s tracks: clinical and health. Graduates will be eligible to apply for national certification exams as an adult/gerontology acute care nurse practitioner (clinical) or a family nurse practitioner (health).  Master's programs can be completed online.

Both programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and provide a conceptual basis for advance nursing practice, professional role differentiation and research skill development. Most of the courses in each track are available online with students required to come to Columbia twice per semester for clinical check-off with faculty.

Plans of Study

The acute care track prepares nurses to provide health care services to acutely ill adults and gerentology patients with complex health problems.  The emphasis area is adult gerontology acute care practitioner (AGACNP). Students may also opt to add a pediatric component to their study.

The primary care track prepares nurses to provide health care services in primary care settings, particularly in rural and underserved populations. The area of emphasis is family nurse practioner (FNP). 

Degree Requirements

  • Complete the approved program of study
  • Complete a three-hour applied research course (NURS791) or a six-hour thesis course (NURS799)
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, with grades of at least 3.0 in all program of study courses and all 700-level courses
  • Complete the program within six years
  • Pass the MSN Comprehensive Assessment

Contact the Nursing Graduate Studies Office

Have additional questions about Master's programs? Call us at 803-777-7412, email an adviser today, or stop by our office:
Williams-Brice Building, Room 214
1601 Greene Street
Columbia, SC  29208