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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nursing (RN) jobs are projected to increase by 19% through 2022. South Carolina’s aspiring nurses must decide whether to enter the job market directly with an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or to further their education with a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. An ADN program requires a two-year commitment, while a BSN takes four years to complete and includes coursework in a wider variety of disciplines like nursing theory, research, and clinical field practice.

Thankfully, both of these RN prelicensure programs are offered at numerous four-year colleges and universities across the state. The University of South Carolina, Clemson University, and Coastal Carolina University are among the largest schools in South Carolina offering nursing programs.

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Both ADN- and BSN-prepared nurses must pass the NCLEX-RN exam to gain licensure. They perform similar roles in the hospital and often have comparable starting salaries. However, as healthcare evolves and more is demanded of nurses, major employers in South Carolina are showing an increasing preference for BSN-educated nurses. This preference is reflected in the 20% increase in BSN-credentialed nurses between 2008 and 2013. Major local employers include Piedmont Medical Center, East Cooper Regional Medical Center, Coastal Carolina Hospital, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Furthermore, a bachelor’s nursing degree affords greater opportunity for advancement into senior positions in nursing and other sectors. These include management, teaching, research, and military and public health nursing. A BSN degree is also needed for acceptance into a master’s degree program, which can lead to specialty nursing roles like nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, and nurse anesthetist. These advanced specializations carry significantly higher earnings.

To help you find the nursing program that best meets your needs, we’ve compiled below a complete list of South Carolina’s four-year colleges and universities for nursing.

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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
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
The Citadel
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Evening BSN Degree Completion
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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
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
The Citadel Charleston
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Evening BSN Degree Completion

Columbia

Columbia College
  • Dual-Enrollment BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South University - Columbia
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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
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Columbia College Columbia
  • Dual-Enrollment BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South University - Columbia Columbia
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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

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
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Clemson University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
ECPI University - Greenville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southern Wesleyan University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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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
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Clemson University Clemson
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
ECPI University - Greenville Greenville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southern Wesleyan University Central
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Myrtle Beach / Conway area

Coastal Carolina University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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Coastal Carolina University Conway
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Spartanburg

University of South Carolina Upstate
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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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

Claflin University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Francis Marion University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Educator
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-BSN for Veterans
Lander University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Newberry College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South Carolina State University
  • Bachelor of Science in 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
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Claflin University Orangeburg
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Francis Marion University Florence
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Educator
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-BSN for Veterans
Lander University Greenwood
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Newberry College Newberry
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South Carolina State University Orangeburg
  • Bachelor of Science in 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