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South Carolina RN to MSN / Masters in Nursing Programs
(found programs from 5 schools)

State Nursing Board: South Carolina Board of Nursing

State Nurses Association: South Carolina Nurses Association


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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for advanced practice nurses and other MSN-prepared RNs is expected to increase in coming years because of an aging U.S. population and healthcare policy changes. South Carolina is no different from the rest of the country in this regard.

According to the Office of Healthcare Workforce Research for Nursing, 8.2 percent of South Carolina's RNs hold advanced degrees, which is five percent lower than the national average. Most of these are advanced practice nurses such as nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse midwives. Many advanced practice nurses are employed in South Carolina hospitals, while others work in physicians' office and clinics. The South Carolina Department of Health reports that there is a particular need for CRNAs in hospitals, followed by CNSs and NPs. Hospitals are increasing their recruitment efforts for these specialties and even offering higher salaries.

For more information, check out the South Carolina Board of Nursing and the South Carolina Nurses Association.

Programs to consider:

Clemson University (Clemson, SC). Clemson offers a number of MSN tracks in advanced practice, including those with a focus on gerontology. There are also non-clinical tracks such as administration and education.

South University (Columbia, SC). South University offers an online MSN for some tracks that can be completed in as little as 18 months. The job placement rate for graduates is 100 percent.

Programs from South Carolina Schools

Listed below are all of the nationally accredited MSN programs with campus locations in South Carolina.

Charleston Southern University (Charleston, SC)
Online Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing (online)
Clemson University (Clemson, SC)
Online Program Name: Adult/Gerontological Nursing (CNS), Child/Adolescent Nursing (CNS), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP), Nurse Administration, Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston, SC)
Online Program Name: Adult Health Nursing in Primary Care NP, Family NP, Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Administrator (online), Nurse Educator (online), Pediatric Nursing NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)
Online Program Name: Acute Care Clinical Specialist, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Community/Public Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Public Health (Dual Degree), Masters of Nurse Anesthesia, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (Family Adult and Pediatric), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner/Specialist or Clinical Specialist, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited

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