South Carolina Master's Degree in Nursing

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South Carolina MSN Programs

MSN programs in South Carolina are a great opportunity for nurses to take a career to the next level. Nursing is a rewarding career, regardless of one's education level, but the MSN creates even more rewarding career opportunities. This master's level degree allows one to focus in a specialty area, or even to become a nurse educator or administrator.

One of the main reasons why nurses enter into MSN programs in South Carolina is to have access to higher level nursing positions. While registered nurses need only have an associate's or bachelor's degree to become licensed, many positions are available only to nurses with a master's degree. Often, a master's degree also results in higher earning potential.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

Those who thrive in a classroom environment and prefer learning alongside other students may prefer a more traditional MSN program. These programs are more structured, and require students to attend classes at the scheduled time. For those who prefer learning in this way and can attend classes at one of the colleges or universities where they are offered should do so.

South University offers online MSN program, but has a physical campus in Columbia, SC. This campus offers the program with the option to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. This program requires students to complete 62 credits.

For those who need greater flexibility in order to balance getting an education with working full-time and having a family or social life, an online MSN program may be best. There are many online programs which offer the MSN in various specialty areas. As previously mentioned, South University is one example. Another example of an accredited online MSN program is that offered by Chamberlain College of Nursing.

Chamberlain College of Nursing offers the MSN in the following specialty areas: Educator, Executive, Healthcare Policy, and Informatics. This college also offers an MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program. Students must complete 36 credits and a 100 hour practicum, and this requirement is increased to 200 hours for those on the Informatics track. The MSN FNP degree track consists of 45 credits, with 625 practicum hours built in.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements depend on the specified program one is applying to, but the following is common:

  • BSN from accredited program with 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Official transcripts
  • Current, unencumbered RN license
  • TOEFL for those who do not speak English as a first language


Tuition is different for each program, and often changes annually. Currently, tuition at Chamberlain College of Nursing is listed at $650 per credit hour, excluding fees. There is a discounted tuition rate of $550 per credit for alumni and military.

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110 Centerview Drive
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Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: (803) 896-4550
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Charleston Southern University
9200 University Boulevard
Charleston, SC 29406

South Carolina MSN Degree Prerequisites

South Carolina nurses who continue their education and gain a Masters in Nursing (MSN) Degree are licensed by South Carolina Board of Nursing as either an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) or an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner(ARNP).

To enroll in a MSN degree program in South Carolina, you must first become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN). The most common Nursing Masters Degree curriculum in South Carolina and across the US is the RN-MSN program. See our directory of South Carolina RN to MSN programs

Those holding South Carolina RN certification have most likely already earned their Bachelors in Science of Nursing (BSN) degree. This is typically a four year training program at a nationally accredited school of nursing.

Contact your school of choice to learn more about their specific MSN program prerequisites.

South Carolina MSN Degree Areas of Specialization

In South Carolina, there are typically four specific areas that MSN degree seeking students may choose to specialize in. These include:

  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

Check with the South Carolina Board of Nursing to learn about the about the legal authority the state of South Carolina grants Advanced Practice Nurses(APNs) and Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners(ARNPs)in each particular area of specialization.

Online MSN Degree Programs

In South Carolina, online nursing degree programs are increasingly popular. This is mainly due to the convenience of nursing distance learning programs. As long as the online MSN program is nationally accredited, earning your MSN degree online is accepted and honored by the state of South Carolina.

South Carolina MSN Degree Resources

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