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A public college or university is primarily funded by taxes and subsidies from the state government. There are many benefits to attending a public college or university. Perhaps the biggest draw is the considerably lower tuition costs for in-state residents compared to private schools, which depend mainly on tuition and private donors for funding. In addition, public colleges and universities tend to be less selective in admitting students than their private counterparts, making them more accessible. The sheer size of a public college or university offers many other benefits as well, including a diverse student body, strong community and regional ties, an expansive alumni network, more resources and access to facilities, and a larger selection of activities, courses, majors, and degree programs.

The University of South Carolina and Clemson University are not only two of the largest public universities in South Carolina, but they also boast some of the top nursing programs in the nation. Local job prospects for nurses are promising too; according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for nurses in South Carolina is expected to grow by approximately 20% over the next decade. Trident Medical Center in Charleston, the Department of Veterans Affair, and Carolinas HealthCare System are just a few of the major employers of South Carolina’s almost 70,000 licensed nurses.

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To provide a more complete list of South Carolina’s public nursing school options, we’ve organized below the accredited public nursing schools and programs in each of the state’s major cities.

Featured Schools

Charleston

Medical University of South Carolina
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Trident Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Medical University of South Carolina Charleston
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Trident Technical College Charleston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Columbia

Midlands Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of South Carolina
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Midlands Technical College West Columbia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of South Carolina Columbia
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Greenville

Clemson University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Greenville Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Tri-County Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Clemson University Clemson
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Greenville Technical College Greenville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Tri-County Technical College Pendleton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Myrtle Beach / Conway area

Coastal Carolina University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Horry-Georgetown Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Coastal Carolina University Conway
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Horry-Georgetown Technical College Myrtle Beach
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Spartanburg

Spartanburg Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of South Carolina Upstate
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Spartanburg Community College Spartanburg
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of South Carolina Upstate Spartanburg
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Other South Carolina cities

Academy for Careers and Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Aiken Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Central Carolina Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cherokee Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Denmark Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Florence-Darlington Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Francis Marion University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lander University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Northeastern Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Piedmont Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
South Carolina State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Technical College of the Lowcountry
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of South Carolina Aiken
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of South Carolina Beaufort
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Williamsburg Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
York Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
York Technical College / USC Lancaster
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School City Programs offered
Academy for Careers and Technology Mullins
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Aiken Technical College Graniteville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Central Carolina Technical College Sumter
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cherokee Technology Center Gaffney
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Denmark Technical College Denmark
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Florence-Darlington Technical College Florence
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Francis Marion University Florence
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lander University Greenwood
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Northeastern Technical College Cheraw
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College Orangeburg
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Piedmont Technical College Greenwood
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
South Carolina State University Orangeburg
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Technical College of the Lowcountry Beaufort
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of South Carolina Aiken Aiken
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of South Carolina Beaufort Bluffton
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Williamsburg Technical College Kingstree
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
York Technical College Rock Hill
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
York Technical College / USC Lancaster Rock Hill
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing