Nursing at South Carolina

Our nursing graduates have helped improve the accessibility and quality of health care throughout South Carolina, the U.S. and around the world.

 

What to Expect

The curriculum for the bachelor’s degree in nursing has two levels — lower division and upper division. A prescribed number of pre-nursing lower division courses must be completed before you can apply to the upper division.

You will develop cognitive and critical thinking skills and be provided a well-rounded education that can afford you opportunities not only in health care but in life. You will learn in a variety of settings including the traditional classroom setting to high-fidelity teaching and learning mannequins in the state-of-the-art clinical simulation laboratory.

Lectures may take place via two-way distant learning, Adobe Breeze presentations, complimentary videos and supplemental teaching and learning tools within the classroom. Nursing majors can also get hands-on experience through local hospitals offering summer internship programs.

 

Undergraduate Degree

B Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)

The College of Nursing aims to develop competent, caring nurse leaders to advance the profession of nursing through the integration of teaching, research and service to improve client health and well-being outcomes. The College of Nursing takes great pride in its core values: leadership, professionalism, respect, integrity, excellence, innovation and caring.

The following courses fulfill some of the lower division requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing:

  • Fundamental Chemistry II
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (and Labs)
  • Microbiology (and Lab)
  • Facilitative Communication
  • Evolution of Nursing Science
  • Biophysical Pathology
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Foundations of Community Health Nursing
  • Socio-Cultural Variations in Health and Illness

Some additional unique and interesting courses offered by the major include:

  • Healthcare Ethics
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Genetics and Genomics

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.

 

Graduate Degrees

The College of Nursing offers Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degrees in four areas, including gerontology acute care, psychiatric mental health, organizational leadership and primary care family nurse. There is also a Master of Nurse Anesthesia program. 

Two doctoral programs are offered, including a Ph.D. in Nursing Science and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) degree program.

Two post-master’s certificates are available as well, including the certificate in advanced practice nursing and the nursing administration certificate.

A  Accelerated Degree: Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Administration (M.S.N.)

Graduate Director: Alicia Ribar, (803) 777-4889, ribara@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Melissa Kupfer, (803) 777-9616, kupferm@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Director: Carolyn Harmon, (803) 777-9160, harmoncs@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

M  Master of Science in Nursing - Clinical Nursing (M.S.N.)

Interim Program Director: Sheryl Mitchell, (803) 777-2913, slmitch@mailbox.sc.edu
Graduate Director: Alicia Ribar, (803) 777-4889, ribara@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact:
Courtney Fleck, (803) 777-0937, hoover5@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

M  Master of Science in Nursing - Community Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing (M.S.N.)

Assistant Program Director: Kathrene Brendell, (803) 772-2327, bergerk@mailbox.sc.edu
Graduate Director: Alicia Ribar, (803) 777-4889, ribara@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Courtney Fleck, (803) 777-0937, hoover5@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Director: Tena Hunt McKinney, (803) 777-0925, hunts@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

M  Master of Science in Nursing - Health Nursing  (M.S.N.)

Assistant Director, FNP Program: Sheryl Mitchell (803) 777-2913, slmitch@mailbox.sc.edu
Graduate Director and Program Director: Alicia Ribar, (803) 777-4889, ribara@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Larialmy Allen, 803-777-6185, larialmy@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

M  Master of Nurse Anesthesia (M.N.A.)

Graduate Director: Kevin LeBlanc, (803) 434-6344, kevin.leblanc@uscmed.sc.edu
Program Advisor: Winston King, 803-434-6344, winston.king@uscmed.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

D  Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)

AGACNP Program Contact: Courtney Fleck (803) 777-0937, hoover5@mailbox.sc.edu
FNP Program Contact: Larialmy Allen (803) 777-6185, larialmy@mailbox.sc.edu
Graduate Director: Alicia Ribar (803) 777-4889, ribara@mailbox.sc.edu
Nurse Executive Leadership Program Contact and contact for students who are currently licensed as an APRN and with an MSN in Nursing: Helen Mulhern Halasz (803) 777-0290, halasz@mailbox.sc.edu
PMHNP Program Contact: Courtney Fleck (803) 777-0937, hoover5@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

D  Ph.D. in Nursing Science

Graduate Director: DeAnne K. Hilfinger Messias, 803-777-8423, dkmessia@mailbox.sc.edu
Ph.D. Student Services Coordinator: Helen Mulhern Halasz, 803-777-0290, halasz@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

C  Certificate in Advanced Practice Nursing

AGACNP Program Contact: Courtney Fleck, (803) 777-0937, hoover5@mailbox.sc.edu
FNP Program Contact: Larialmy Allen, (803) 777-6185, larialmy@mailbox.sc.edu
Graduate Director: Alicia Ribar, (803) 777-4889, ribara@mailbox.sc.edu
PMHNP Program Contact: Courtney Fleck, (803) 777-0937, hoover5@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

C  Certificate in Nursing Administration

Graduate Director: Alicia Ribar, (803) 777-4889, ribara@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Advisor: Melissa Kupfer, (803) 777-9616, kupferm@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Director: Carolyn Harmon, (803) 777-9160, harmoncs@@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

Explore Our Graduate School 

The Graduate School administers the application process for all of the university's doctoral, master’s, certificate and dual degree programs. Take a look at what you will need to do before you apply.