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Department of Nursing

The Department of Nursing at SCSU is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is approved by the South Carolina State Board of Nursing. The following changes will be made effective December 31, 2014. The pre-licensure/generic curriculum plan is for students without a nursing background and the LPN – BSN plan is for individuals who have already completed an approved practical nurse program will close on December 31, 2014. The RN to BSN completion plan will be offered for RNs who have completed a Diploma or Associate Degree program, from a regionally accredited nursing program for RNs and now wish to obtain the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. In order to be considered for admission, each student must possess an unrestricted South Carolina or Multi-state licensure as a Registered Nurse.


The mission of the Department of Nursing is to create a premier multicultural learning environment which produces leaders, clinicians, scholars, and researchers who exemplify nursing excellence and enhance healthcare delivery to South Carolina residents and beyond. The Department of Nursing will offer innovative, dynamic, and comprehensive educational experiences engaging students in expanding their nursing knowledge, enhancing professional skills in preparation for meeting the health care needs of the community.


The philosophy of the Department of Nursing is congruent with the purpose, mission, and goals of South Carolina State University. The faculty is committed to promoting an environment which encourages life-long learning opportunities. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) is acquired by successful completion of a base of general education courses, as well as other support courses. Faculty and students are encouraged to participate in various types of research which stimulates intellectual growth and enhances evidence-based practice, adding to the scientific knowledge base of the nursing profession. Various applications of technology are used in a climate of mutual trust and respect, leading to development of reflection and critical thinking. The mission and goals of the Department of Nursing further interrelate with that of a historically Black, co-educational university through faculty who participate in the preparation of individuals who are highly skilled, productive, competent, and culturally diverse. Graduates have respect for and provide quality, individualized, evidence-based nursing care in a culturally diverse and global client population. Attention is given to various bio-psycho-social-spiritual wellness-illness states throughout the lifespan in preparation of graduates who demonstrate a high degree of professionalism. Graduates demonstrate respect for interdisciplinary teamwork in their interactions with clients, families, and communities. Faculty, students, and clients are encouraged to pursue positive goal achievement and maximum personal enrichment of lived experiences throughout the lifespan.


Stanley Melton Harris, Ed.D., MSN, BSN, RN
Interim Chair & Assistant Professor

For more information, contact:

Department of Nursing
300 College Street, NE
Orangeburg, SC 29117
Phone: 803-536-8605
Fax: 803-516-4669
Email: sharris1@scsu.edu