University of South Carolina

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Distinguishing Characteristics

Graduate program(s)
Name: Degree Type:
Adult/Geriatric Acute care NP masters
Family Nurse Practitioner/primary care masters
DNP doctorate
Distinguishing characteristics of online program (as submitted by school)

Our courses are offered online for MSN and DNP. Very seasoned and experienced advanced practice doctoral prepared faculty, all of whom maintain a current NP practice. The College owns our own health clinic, The Family and Children Health Center, which is the only nurse managed medical home in South Carolina. Our NP exam pass rates in 2011 and 2012 were 100%.

School type Public
Online grad programs CCNE accredited Yes
Online grad programs NLNAC accredited No
Terms Semester

Program Offerings

Online master's in nursing degree programs 3
Concentrations offered
Nursing practitioner
More specialized departments/concentrations offered
Adult/geriatric – acute
Family/primary care

Course Offerings

Credit-granting courses 26


Instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 40 full-time; 5 part-time
Instructional faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree 80% full-time; 60% part-time
Tenured or tenure-track faculty 16
Average experience teaching online courses 4 years
Program fully finances faculty training Yes
Tech staff supporting faculty 25 full-time; 5 part-time

Class Size

Average class size 50
Maximum class size N/A

Integration With Campus

Can earn degree entirely online Depends
Can earn degree entirely abroad Yes
Possible in-person attendance requirements
Orientations Yes
Group projects/simulations No
Exams No
Classes include campus-based students N/A
Collaboration among online and campus students No face-to-face students
Students enroll as online students Online and on-campus students are in separate courses


One-year retention rates N/A


Graduation rates
Graduation rates
Most frequent duration of time for new students to graduate 3.0 years
Program target time to graduate 2 years
Required time to earn degree 8 years

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