Nurses in South Carolina are caring for patients and doing more to treat patients’ health conditions. More than treating wounds and checking vital signs, advanced practice nurses and nurse practitioners can evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with greater levels of independence. Universities in South Carolina are offering Master’s of Science in Nursing for working RNs that make it simpler for them to advance into practitioner roles.

Nurses today have a few different ways to earn an MSN degree in South Carolina, including a BSN to MSN bridge as well as direct entry or accelerated options.

RN to MSN and BSN to MSN Programs

With perseverance and hard work, nurses with BSNs have a direct path to career advancement thanks to BSN to MSN bridge programs in South Carolina. Online degree programs typically require some in-person experiences and clinicals. The mix of online and on-campus learning enables nursing students to have some flexibility in their studies while making the most of hands-on instruction. Nurses with ASNs must complete an RN to BSN from an online university before enrolling in a BSN to MSN as the state does not yet offer a true RN to MSN degree path.

Typical Program Length:

  • 19+ months for an RN to MSN
  • 16 months for a BSN to MSN

Typical Admissions Requirements:

  • BSN or bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00 and transcripts
  • Current license as an RN in South Carolina
  • At least one year of clinical experience as an RN
  • Application, essay, and three letters of recommendation

Accelerated & Master's Entry Nursing Programs

The University of South Carolina in the Midlands region has tried to remove barriers to entering the nursing profession for individuals who earned a four-year degree in a non-nursing area. Its direct-entry Master's Entry Nursing Program (MENP) allows students to become healthcare providers while they prepare for the National Council Licensure Exam. The materials-dense, fast-moving program is only available via in-person, full-time study.

Typical Program Length:

  • 5 consecutive semesters in length

Typical Admissions Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in a non-nursing field
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher and submission of official transcripts
  • Three letters of reference
  • Completion of prerequisite courses in science
  • CPR certification
  • Application, resume, and statement of intent

2024 List of MSN Programs in South Carolina

Wages for an MSN nurse in South Carolina can range from about $75,000 per year to start, and there is room for movement in pay scale depending on specialty, location and experience. These wages are indicative of job titles such as nurse anesthetist, and nurse educators, although there are several different specialty degrees to be earned. The state of South Carolina works in partnership with RN to MSN programs in neighbouring states, as well as online studies that do offer the accessibility to earning your degree.

MSN Programs By City:

Anderson, SC

Charleston, SC

9200 University Boulevard
Charleston, SC 29406
(843) 863-7000

Clemson, SC

508 Edwards, Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634
(864) 656-7622

Columbia, SC

Florence, SC

MSN Programs
PO Box 100547
Florence, SC 29502
(800) 368-7551

Greenville, SC

MSN Programs
225 S. Pleasantburg Dr.
Greenville, SC 29607
(864) 231-5510

Greenwood, SC

MSN Programs
320 Stanley Avenue
Greenwood, SC 29649
(864) 388-8000

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