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The primary difference between private and public schools lies in their sources of funding. While public colleges or universities receive the bulk of their funding from the state government, private schools depend on tuition, endowment, and donations from family, friends, corporations, and other outside sources. Although this generally translates into higher tuition costs, private schools tend to be more generous with financial aid to help bridge the gap.

There are several benefits to attending a private college or university. Admission is often more selective, which can attract top talent from around the world and maintain high standards of academic excellence. As a result, private colleges and universities may carry greater prestige than their public counterparts. This benefits graduates in the marketplace. For example, graduates from South Carolina’s private nursing schools may have a leg up with the state’s major healthcare employers, including Trident Medical Center in Charleston, the Department of Veterans Affair, and Carolinas HealthCare System.

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Furthermore, private colleges and universities generally have smaller class sizes, allowing for more personalized attention and a stronger sense of community. Despite this individual focus, some private colleges and universities rival public schools in scale. For example, Anderson University, Bob Jones University, and Charleston Southern University each enroll at least 2,500 students and are among the largest private schools in South Carolina with nursing programs.

To provide a more complete roadmap to the state’s private nursing schools, we’ve listed them all below and organized them by major metropolitan area.

Featured Schools

Charleston

Charleston Southern University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
ECPI University - Charleston
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
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Charleston Southern University Charleston
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
ECPI University - Charleston North Charleston
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Columbia

Fortis College - Columbia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
South University - Columbia
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School City Programs offered
Fortis College - Columbia Columbia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
South University - Columbia Columbia
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Greenville

Anderson University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Bob Jones University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
ECPI University - Greenville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Forrest College
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Anderson University Anderson
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Bob Jones University Greenville
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
ECPI University - Greenville Greenville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Forrest College Anderson
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Other South Carolina cities

Newberry College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Newberry College Newberry
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion