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    Best in the state

    We earned the top ranking for MSN nursing programs in the Palmetto State.

Why USC Nursing

Why USC Nursing Graduate School

You'll be confident in your choice when you choose USC Nursing. At the master's level earn your advanced practice degree to expand your clinical role or training for a new position in nurse leadership or informatics. The College of Nursing ranks No. 1 for our online graduate programs by the 2024 U.S. News and World Report — four years in a row.

  • #1 for our online graduate programs by 2024 U.S. News & World Report.
  • Online Nursing Education program ranked #3 by 2024 U.S. News & World Report.
  • Best MSN program in the state by U.S. News and World Report's 2024 Best Graduate Schools list.
  • 96-100% ANCC pass rate for new nurse practitioner graduates
  • $771,332 in scholarships, traineeships, departmental support
    awarded to 360 students in Summer 2023 - Spring 2024.

Director of Clinical Partnerships, Jeanne Cavanaugh works with graduate students to find clinical placements for required clinical hours. 

Our Clinical Simulation Center allows for an an immersive teaching modality that replicates clinical scenarios in realistic practice environments. Through the use of patient simulators, robotics, and other sophisticated teaching tools, nursing students experience clinical scenarios that range from common patient cases to low-frequency, high-risk events. 

As a graduate student at South Carolina, you’ll have the flexibility to learn on your own schedule with our online courses. If you are enrolled in an advanced practice specialty program, you may be required to come to campus at least twice per semester during your clinical rotations. 

Our researchers are examining ways to improve our profession locally and globally as we prepare the next generation of nurse leaders. Our Office of Research helps develop faculty and Ph.D. students as scientists and scholars and provides specialized expertise to enhance success. We also provide support for all phases of the sponsored-award life cycle.

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Work Fulltime and Earn a Degree

“I returned to school to further my career, I have always wanted to practice in the provider role. I received my BSN from USC and had great experience, I loved it so much I decided to come back. Go Gamecocks! I have been able to work full-time while attending school part-time and appropriately balance both. I am thankful for the support I have received from faculty and my colleagues and leaders at work."
Saraann Fagan, ‘16 BSN, DNP student

Top Ranking

"I liked the fact that USC is ranked the #1 online graduate nursing program for public universities by U.S. News and World Report. I feel confident in my choice of school.”
Clare Chiarolanza, 17 BSN, MSN student

Career Opportunities

"With the experience from my clinicals and the reputation of USC, I received a job offer from my top choice: Shock Trauma at University of Maryland in Baltimore. Dr. Dievendorf's billing lectures still chime in the back of head while practicing."
- Katie Lidard, ‘18 MSN 

Local or Long Distance

"When I started in the MSN NA program, I was not sure what to expect. I lived on the opposite coast, was not terribly familiar with the College nor did I know anyone who had previously attended. But I was pleasantly surprised every step of the way. Despite the distance, there was a true sense of community due to the excellent faculty and wonderful classmates. The program was run so efficiently, and every member of the faculty and staff embraced us as adult learners. It felt like being part of a team where everyone worked together to help us succeed in the program."
- Allison Williams, '19 MSN

Honing in on Practice Passions

"My certificate has given me the ability to transform the focus of my practice.  It has given me the tools necessary to address complex health issues from a mental-health perspective. Through obtaining the certificate, I have been empowered to create a practice that aligns with my values and my clinical interests."
- Meredith D'Agostino, ’12 DNP, ‘17 Certificate of Graduate Study, Advanced Practice Nursing 

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