RN to BSN in South Carolina

Currently, South Carolina is experiencing a shortage of nurses and nursing professionals, particularly in long-term care facilities. The areas most in need are Columbia, Charleston/North Charleston, Sumter and Florence.

Annual nursing salaries start at $22,000 for nursing assistants, $39,000 for practical/vocational nurses, $60,000 for registered nurses and $84,000 for nurse practitioners. Nursing students obtaining their RN license in South Carolina will receive a multistate license that will allow them to work in 22 other states as part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC).

RN-to-BSN Programs in South Carolina

We have compiled a comprehensive list of South Carolina’s RN to BSN programs. In the summaries below, you will find all the essential program information to help you easily narrow down your RN to BSN search. NCLEX-RN pass rates are as reported by the school.

Charleston Southern University

$ 490 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Contact the Admissions Office at 800.947.7474

  • RN to BSN and MSN Nurse Education degrees are offered exclusively online.
  • A traditional BSN academic program is also available.
  • A new, 16,100 sq. ft. nursing facility recently opened on campus.
Campus and Online 9200 University Blvd
Charleston, SC 29406-9121

Clemson University

$ 460 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

December 1st and December 15th

  • A traditional BSN program, RN to BSN program, MS in Nursing and a doctoral program in Healthcare Genetics are all offered.
  • RN to BSN program requires campus classes and online coursework.
  • Opportunities to gain clinical experience at on-campus and off-campus facilities are available to students.
Hybrid 201 Sikes Hall
Clemson, SC 29634

Francis Marion University

$ 15,500 program total

Application Deadlines

March 1st and October 1st

  • All nursing programs are held on campus.
  • RN to BSN program is also offered at the Mt. Pleasant campus.
  • U.S. military veterans are offered course credits for service time.
Campus 4822 East Palmetto Street
Florence, SC 29506

Lander University

$ 347 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

April 30th and October 15th

  • A traditional BSN program is also offered.
  • RN to BSN program requires all coursework be completed online.
  • MSN track for Clinical Nurse Leader and a Medical-Surgical Nurse Review course are also offered.
Online 320 Stanley Avenue
Greenwood, SC 29649-2099

Medical University of South Carolina

$ 506 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

November 15th and September 15th

  • A traditional BSN program and the RN to BSN program are both offered only on campus.
  • Graduate and doctoral courses are available online.
Campus 179 Ashley Ave
Charleston, SC 29425

South Carolina State University

$ 243 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

May 31st and October 31st

  • This school offers only the RN to BSN completion program.
  • The program is held exclusively on campus; no online coursework is required.
Campus 300 College St NE
Orangeburg, SC 29117-0001

University of South Carolina – Aiken

$ 320 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

March 15th and October 15th

  • This school offers a traditional BSN curriculum and RN to BSN completion curriculum.
  • All classes are administered on campus; no online coursework is required.
Campus 471 University Pkwy
Aiken, SC 29801

University of South Carolina – Beaufort

$ 300 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

August 1st and Late November

  • RN to BSN curriculum requires 127 credit hours to complete.
  • Traditional RN program also requires 127 credit hours to complete.
  • Both programs are offered on campus only.
Campus 1 University Boulevard
Bluffton, SC 29909

University of South Carolina – Upstate

$ 336 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Contact the Admissions Department at 864.503.5246

  • RN to BSN program is offered exclusively online.
  • Traditional BSN degree and MS degree in Nursing are both also available.
  • The opportunity to gain practical experience at the Simulation Center for Teaching Excellence is available to students.
Online 800 University Way
Spartansburg, SC 29303

Please contact the RN to BSN program in South Carolina that you are interested in enrolling in to confirm details and to learn more. If you run an accredited RN to BSN program in South Carolina that is not listed above; please reach out to us with program information and proof of accreditation. Thank you!

State Commitment to RN to BSN Education Paths

The Future of Nursing campaign is a nationwide effort to bring the country up to the standards of nursing as outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. As a part of the effort, South Carolina has formed a State Action Coalition with the singular objective of achieving the goals set forth by the campaign. Having at least 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree is an integral part of this initiative and we have outlined below the ways in which South Carolina is actively progressing on this front.

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Practice & Care
  • Interprofessional Care
  • Diversity
  • Data

What is being done to increase the number of South Carolina RN’s with a BSN?

The AC is currently investigating ways to promote further education among the state workforce, with a goal of having 50 % of nurses with a BSN or higher by 2020.

Are students enrolled via identified promising models of education progression?

No specific plans announced.


What programs are being implemented to prepare nurses to lead change to advance health?

The AC is developing leadership and mentoring programs, coordinating with academic institutions to integrate leadership into their curricula, and assembling a research team to analyze leadership styles among nurses.

Practice & Care

Is the Coalition working to remove barriers to RN level of care?

No specific plans announced.

Are they advancing state policy to remove barriers to care provided by APRNs?

No specific plans announced.

Interprofessional Care

Is the state working to improve communication, transparency, and cooperation between healthcare providers?

The One Voice One Plan Action Coalition builds relationships in the state to implement interprofessional opportunities across educational and practice levels.


How are they improving diversity of the nursing workforce and care provided?

No specific plans announced.


What steps are being taken to remove gaps in workforce and health care data?

The AC partnered with the South Carolina Center for Nursing Workforce to conduct new surveys and analysis.

Contact Info

Peggy O. Hewlett

Director of the South Carolina Center for Nursing Leadership
The University of South Carolina College of Nursing

Jimmy Walker

Senior Vice President
Regulatory and Workforce, South Carolina Hospital Association

Susan H. Outen

Associate Director, Staffing Services
South Carolina Hospital Association

Source: Campaign for Action

For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the South Carolina Action Coalition page.

South Carolina Licensing

South Carolina is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). If you move to another state participating in the NLC (pictured in green), you can practice without getting a new license. For licensing information, visit the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.


Nursing Employment Outlook

Nursing Supply and Demand Projections

Source: "The Future of the Nursing Workforce," US HRSA, accessed June 2015.

What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities

Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.

Additional Information

Other State RNtoBSN Information