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In the coming years, nurses will shoulder the healthcare burden of caring for an aging population and keeping pace with rapid technological advancements. While a two-year associate’s degree is sufficient for most entry-level registered nurse (RN) positions, there is a growing employer preference for RNs prepared at the baccalaureate level. A bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) opens opportunities for career advancement and higher salary. BSN-holders are qualified to pursue a master’s degree, which is required for advanced practice nursing specialties like nurse practitioner and nurse anesthetist. A BSN is also often a prerequisite for teaching, management, consulting, and research roles.

Two categories of BSN offerings
There are two main categories of BSN offerings. The first option is a prelicensure BSN program. This includes coursework in general education (e.g., math, science, liberal arts), nursing, and pharmacology, as well as clinical hours in a healthcare setting or patient simulation lab. It is designed to prepare students for the NCLEX-RN national examination, which is mandatory for licensure as a registered nurse. The second option is an RN-to-BSN program. This is the next logical step for existing registered nurses who hold an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN). An RN-to-BSN program builds off the ADN with additional coursework in the sciences and healthcare; it typically requires two years to complete. Many RN-to-BSN programs can be completed online, allowing students to continue working as a registered nurse. Hospitals often provide tuition reimbursement programs.

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RN job outlook
South Carolina employs nearly 42,000 registered nurses with a median annual salary of $58,220. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of RNs will grow by about 20% over the coming decade, much faster than the average occupation.

To help South Carolina’s nurses expand their career potential, we’ve compiled a detailed list of the state’s BSN programs. You’ll find them organized below by major metropolitan area.

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Charleston

Medical University of South Carolina
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Charleston Southern University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
The Citadel
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Evening BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Medical University of South Carolina
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.6% 2008 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Charleston Southern University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.7% 2008 to 2012
The Citadel
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Evening BSN Degree Completion

Columbia

South University - Columbia
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
University of South Carolina
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Columbia College
  • Dual-Enrollment BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
South University - Columbia
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.4% 2011 to 2012
University of South Carolina
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.0% 2008 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Columbia College
Dual-Enrollment BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Greenville

Bob Jones University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 97.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Clemson University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Anderson University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southern Wesleyan University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Bob Jones University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 97.4% 2008 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Clemson University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.4% 2008 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Anderson University
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southern Wesleyan University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Myrtle Beach / Conway area

Coastal Carolina University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Coastal Carolina University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Spartanburg

University of South Carolina Upstate
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of South Carolina Upstate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.2% 2008 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Other South Carolina cities

Lander University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Francis Marion University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-BSN for Veterans
University of South Carolina Aiken
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of South Carolina Beaufort
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 80.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Newberry College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 65.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South Carolina State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 50.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Claflin University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Lander University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.9% 2008 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Francis Marion University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.3% 2008 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-BSN for Veterans
University of South Carolina Aiken
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.3% 2008 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of South Carolina Beaufort
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 80.4% 2011 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Newberry College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 65.6% 2011 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South Carolina State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 50.4% 2008 to 2012
Claflin University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion