The Program 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. There are three curriculum plans/tracks for students interested in pursuing a career in nursing. The pre-licensure/generic curriculum plan is for students without a nursing background. The LPN – BSN plan is for individuals who have already completed an approved practical nurse program and are licensed to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). The RN – BSN plan is for RNs who have completed a Diploma or Associate Degree program for RNs and now wish to obtain the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Students who graduate from the Program of Nursing will obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Pre-licensure/generic and LPN to RN graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
The mission of the Program of Nursing is to prepare and graduate baccalaureate nurses who are capable of exercising independent professional judgments in the delivery of safe, cost effective and compassionate care while promoting the care management and care integration in families, groups, and communities across settings. Graduates are expected to respond to changing and emerging societal needs and to advocate for quality healthcare diverse and vulnerable populations. Inherent in the professional role is a commitment to evidenced based practice, community service and continuous personal and professional development. The Program of Nursing faculty recruits students from diverse populations who are committed to eliminating health disparities and address the educational needs of the rural community as espoused by the university’s 1890 landgrant commitment. The Program of Nursing at South Carolina State University is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and by the South Carolina State Board of Nursing.