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USC College of Nursing MSN programs best in the state

Today, U.S. News and World Report released their 2024 Best Graduate Schools list, ranking USC’s College of Nursing #22 for Best Overall Master’s program in the nation. The college jumped 10 spots from last year, breaking into the Top 25 and earning the top ranking for nursing programs in the Palmetto State.  

Background: USC’s College of Nursing’s online graduate program has been ranked #1 nationally for four years in a row. The college is also in the top 1 percent of the country for pass rates on the NCLEX, the national exam for licensing nurses. The expansion of faculty scholars over the last 10 years has generated new research and grant awards, earning them #1 in the state in NIH funding.

Why it matters: South Carolina has long experienced a shortage of registered nurses. By 2030, our state could face 10,000 vacancies in nursing positions. Graduate programs prepare nurses to assume roles in primary care, acute care, long-term care, specialty practices and public health settings. Flexible programs accommodate the busy schedules of registered nurses and creative partnerships meet the needs of professionals already working in the field.

What they’re saying: "I have tremendous gratitude for our faculty, students, and staff for continuously raising the bar and aiming high in our pursuit of excellence. This new ranking is a testament to our national reputation and quality programs here at USC College of Nursing," says Dean Jennette O. Andrews.

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